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

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? [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. [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. [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. [More]
Disney Princess Name: Merida
Hi Jennifer, I recently watched the new Disney movie Brave and I love the name of the independent princess Merida. I looked up the meaning of her name, but couldn’t find anything. Could you tell me what it means. Also, would it be a bad idea to give your child the same name as a Disney princess? [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! [More]
Myree = Marie?
Hi Jennifer, I have been playing around with grandparent names. My grandmother’s name is Myree. She pronounces it like Marie. My mom has said several times it should actually be pronounced My-ree. For the longest time, I thought it was just an odd spelling. [More]
Perception of the name Barnaby
Dear Jennifer, I have always found it easy to choose girls names, and my husband is far more open minded when it comes to girls names. We have only been blessed with boys however lol I have recently been crushing on the name Barnaby nn Barny, I haven’t shared the name with anyone yet though, because I know people will associate it with the purple dinosaur, and try to talk me out of it. [More]