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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

How do I create a baby name?

Hi Jennifer,

My partner and I are both creative types — he’s a musician and I’m a visual artist. We didn’t want just any baby name for our daughter, who is due to arrive after the new year! We want to create a baby name, but don’t really know how to go about it. [Read more...]

Andersen for a Girl?


Hi Jennifer,

I’ve read your Q&A for years even though this is my first time expecting.

We won’t find out what we’re having before the birth so we’ll have to come up with options for each sex and decide on the day! [Read more...]

What does my name -Themis- mean?

Hi Jennifer,

I couldn’t find my name on your list, Themis, I am looking into the meaning and origins of it. Is there an alternate spelling to it?

Sincerely,

Themis Pierquet Flores

Dear Themis,

What a beautiful name! I bet you didn’t know this, but you’ve probably seen the “original Themis” all over the place. [Read more...]

Same Name As Celebrity?

Hi Jennifer,

Our last name is Wilson and we found out we’re having a boy. My husband and I both love the name Owen, but are afraid our son will be teased since Owen Wilson is a famous actor.

What do you think? [Read more...]

What does Malthace mean?

Hi Jennifer!

There’s a character in a book I read in school as a kid (The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare) named Malthace, which I’ve always thought was a very interesting name. The book is set in biblical times, specifically during Jesus’ life, and the character is a young Jewish girl. [Read more...]

Does this name sound like a cartoon?

Hi Jennifer,

For most of his life my husband has wanted to name a child Jack after his grandfather. However, I’ve rejected it because a) it’s incredible popularity for kids right now and the ubiquity in popular culture is annoying to me and b) there are several Jacks in his family currently living with the same last name. [Read more...]