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

Archer
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. [More]
The Name Luna
Will Luna Become Dated?
Dear Jennifer, I’m a soon-to-be first time mom and this whole name thing is overwhelming. My name was rather unique growing up and I’d like to keep with that tradition for my daughter. And I really want to avoid a name that when heard in 20 years screams ‘2016.’ In that light, my partner and I really like the name Luna but from what I can tell it seems that it is becoming quite popular. [More]
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Baby Name Gender Crossover
Dear Jennifer, I’ve noticed that it’s okay for names to crossover from boys to girls, but not vice versa. Why do you think that is? Thanks,
Tracey, Dear Tracey, I’m not a gender or sociology expert by any means, but I can give my observations from a historical perspective. [More]
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Teachers Reveal Funniest Student Names
My sister is a long time elementary school teacher. She asked her Facebook group of teachers about the most unique student names they’ve encountered throughout the year. Here are the results: BamBam Beauty Im’Unique Tequila Rebel Messiah Abcde (pronounced AB-si-dee)* Sir Highness Christ (female) Elvis (female) Graiggeree (pr. [More]
baker
Baker and Occupational Names
Dear Jennifer, I love Baker as a surname, and it’s also listed on your website as a first name. Is Baker an accepted first name for a boy? Sincerely,
Sasha R. Hi Sasha,

Absolutely Baker can be a first name! Occupational names that were originally surnames have become pretty trendy in the past couple of years, especially for boys. [More]
Name Pronunciation
Name Pronunciation
Hi Jennifer! Sometimes when I’m looking at names on this site I’m not 100% certain of their pronunciation. Is there a way for you to add a sound bite or a pronunciation key to the names? I’m sure that would be a big task to undertake… I love this site. [More]
Ethan for a girl?
Hi Jennifer, A little question from a fan of your site from the Netherlands! I’m a single mom with a beautiful little boy Caleb and having another little bundle of joy in 2016. I’ve decided on the name Ethan if I’m having a boy, but can’t really decide on a girls name. [More]