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Baby name advice from Jennifer Moss, founder & CEO of BabyNames.com

For the love of Beatrice
Jennifer, My fiancee and I are already considering names for when we decide to start a family. We both love Beatrice (especially me due to the name’s wonderful association with Dante’s poetry), however, my last name starts with an S and our fear is that Beatrice S**** will be too cumbersome to pronounce because the two S-sounds will run together. [More]
Hail to the Elf Armies!
Hi Jennifer, I was wondering what the name Alpherie meant. It was my grandfather’s name, and it’s not on your site. Do you know anything about it?   Sincerely, Jean Dear Jean, As far as I can tell from my research, Alpherie is a French derivative of the German name ALFHER or more modern name OLIVER. [More]
Nadia+Aria = Nadaria
Hi Jennifer,
I was messing around with names recently and came up with Nadaria, a mix of Nadia and Aria. I was thinking it could mean hopeful melody and am now thinking about using it for my first daughter. What do you think? [More]
VIDEO: Name Sniping
Hello!  I’ve decided to answer some of our reader questions on video! Today’s topic is baby name sniping: when you’ve planned to use a baby name and someone close to you decides to use it first! This is particularly frustrating if you’ve chosen a unique name.  [More]
Perception of the name India
Hi Jennifer, I’m wondering about your thoughts on the name India. When choosing a name for me twenty-two years ago, my parents considered both India and Hilary, however, they went with the latter because they were too nervous to give me such an exotic name. [More]
Gloriette
Dear Jennifer, My grandmother’s first name was Gloriette, pronounced glory-et. I’ve tried looking up this name before with no luck. Does the name come from somewhere? People used the nickname Glo for her a lot. That side of the family also has a strong French Canadian background. [More]
The name Chapin
Dear Jennifer, I recently watched a movie called “Triple Dog” and the main character was a girl named Chapin. I noticed you didn’t have it on the website and I would really like to know what it means. Thanks, Anna Dear Anna, That’s a great question!  [More]
Liam or Asher?
Hi Jennifer, Which name do you prefer, Liam or Asher with the last name Bowman? Sincerely, Ashley   Dear Ashley, If you say both names out loud, Asher Bowman sounds better than Liam Bowman. With Liam, the ‘M’ in both the first and last name makes it a little clunky.  [More]
How to Ask Jennifer
I receive hundreds of emails a month asking for name advice. I do love researching names!  However there is a right and a wrong way to ask. So I thought this was worthy of a post: 1. If asking about the meaning of a unique name, first look up alternate spellings of the name in question. [More]
Meaning of the name Chainie
Hi Jennifer, My husband’s cousin’s name is ‘Chainie’. I have never heard of this name before until I met her. As far as I know this is not a nickname and is her actual first name. I could not find it on your website so I was wondering if you could shed some light on her name’s origin and/or meaning. [More]