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Baby name advice from Jennifer Moss, founder of BabyNames.com. Have a question for Jennifer? E-mail it to question@babynames.com

Origin of the name Minette

Hi! I know a girl with the name Minette, but couldn’t find it on your site and thought it was really pretty. Could it be added? I know it is of French origin, but don’t know much beyond that.

Thanks,
Madeline

Hi Madeline,

The root “Min” comes from the name Minnie, which is a diminutive form of the name Mary. [Read more...]

Glenn for a Girl

Hi Jennifer!

My husband wants to honor his father (Edward) and uncle (Glen) by naming our first boy Edward Glen. I have suggested using each as a middle name as my uncle and cousin are both named Edward. I have also suggested using Glenn as a middle name for a girl (Emily Glenn being my top choice) but would this be strange if we are trying to honor a man? [Read more...]

Baby Name is His Company Name

Dear Jennifer,

We are having a boy and the name we most like is the same name of part of the company my husband works with. What do you think about it as he is feeling strange about it given he answers the phone with the same name numerous times a day   Bella Dear Bella,

It’s difficult to form an opinion if I don’t know the name as I go through a list of tests when making recommendations. [Read more...]

Math Genius Names

Hi Jennifer,

I’m carrying boy/girl twins. I really like the names Kepler and Ada. Folks seem to hate Kepler, though, as it’s unusual. Is it really that unusual? I don’t want a name that is too trendy, but I also don’t want to saddle my kid with a name that is more bizarre than I’m giving it credit for. [Read more...]

About the name Dymory

Hi Jennifer,

One of my all time favorite books has a character by the name of Dymory. I had never heard that name before and I am curious as to it’s origin. The book is Enemy Brothers by author Constance Savery and is set in 1940s England, which was also the era and place in which it was written. [Read more...]

Created Name: Atalie

Hi Jennifer!

Thank you for taking my question.
I would like to get your opinion on the name “Atalie” for a girl?

Thanks,
Lewis H.

Hi Lewis,

I think Atalie (Natalie with no N) is actually a beautiful name. Although you have to realize that because it’s a unique name–and sounds so much like Natalie–that if you use it as a baby name, your daughter will be forever explaining “Natalie without the N.”

Thank you for the new name! [Read more...]