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Hi Jennifer!

I saw the name Janalyn on another website with unique baby names. I think that it’s a very pretty name, but do you think that it is too trendy?

Thanks, Kyleigh

Dear Kyleigh,

Yes, it sounds like a pretty name, and is definitely a combination of the names Jana and Lyn. However, be careful with words that lie within a name!  It may lead to teasing.

Therefore, I would not recommend using this name.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Grandfather’s Nordic Name

Dear Jennifer,

We gave our eldest son the middle name ANUND (pronounced On-nund).  It was the middle name of my paternal grandfather.  My maiden name/his surname was HYNE.  I grew up in a small town in central Wisconsin (Fox Lake), he grew up just down the road in Beaver Dam, WI.  It is my understanding that he was “100%” Norwegian.  I have never been able to find anything on the meaning of this name and no one that we’ve ever told it to has ever heard it previously with the exception of my immediate family.  Thanks in advance for your time.

Sincerely,

Jill P.

Dear Jill,

Anund is most likely a variation of the Nordic name Amund, which is derived from the old Norse name Agmundr. Literally, Agmundr translates to “Sword” and “Protection” or “Protected by the Sword.”

I have added both Anund and Amund to the BabyNames.com database.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Somer v. Summer
Hi Jennifer,

I’m a big fan of your site! I always check it for celebrity baby gossip and to make a list of my own future baby names. My husband and I just found out that we’re expecting and are overjoyed! We have already picked out a boy name, but we’re struggling with a girl name.

We are very much into names with meaning and wanted something that represented when/where we fell in love (which was in England). We were in Bath, Somerset during this time and we really like the name Somer for a girl. My husband wants to spell it like the season, Summer. I am torn because I always remember you saying stick to “normal” spellings; however, spelling her name Summer, not Somer would completely change the origin of her namesake. What do you think? Is it okay to do a unique spelling in this case or should I concede?

Thanks for your help!

~Shea

Dear Shea,

I would use the full name Somerset and call her Somer for short.  Most people know that Somerset is pronounced like “Summer Set.”  Hope this helps and congratulations!

Sincerely,

Jennifer

First and Middle: Same Meaning
Hello,
I have always liked the name Joshua for a son. In my family, we have a tradition of using the middle name Salvatore. My dilemma is Joshua means “God is salvation” and Salvatore means “savior.” Would it be silly to use this combination?
Sincerely,
Jarrett A.
Hi Jarrett,
I think using Joshua and Salvatore together is perfectly fine.  Not many people know the meaning of a name when they meet a person so it won’t be shocking or silly.
Sincerely,
Jennifer
Daughter’s Name Like Mom

Jennifer,
 
Me and my husband are expecting twins this July and we do not know the sex of the babies. For boys we like Liam and Jackson. For girls we like Chloe and Mckenley (Kenley for short). My name starts with Mck and I thought it would be neat if I carried on the tradition. Do you think that if we have both girls that Chloe would feel left out?
 
Mckenzie

Dear Mckenzie,

I do think that Mckenley and Mckenzie are too similar, whether you are having twins or not.  I’m not a big fan of naming after parents for two reasons: 1. the child should have his or her unique identity in the household and 2. sheer confusion. 

I do love that you are thinking of completely unique names for the twins – they will have to share everything in life from their birthday to clothes to looks. My stance is that twins should have their own unique names!

Go back to “name storming” and let me know what you come up with!

Sincerely,

Jennifer

 

Lexington

Hi Jennifer!

Thank you so much for creating this site, it is one of my favorite websites and I visit it almost every day!

I was just wondering if you could help me find out the origin of my name, Lexington. It is not a family name; it’s just a name that my parents liked. I have always wondered what the meaning and origin of my name is and I feel like I have searched every baby name website and am still unable to find the meaning.

Thank you so much for your help!

Lexie

Dear Lexie,

You are very welcome and thank you for your kind words! The name Lexington comes from the place name, a city in Massachusetts and the site of the first shot of the Revolutionary War. There is also a town named Lexington in Kentucky.

There are several theories of where the town name originated.  One is that “Lex” is the Latin word for “law” so Lexington would mean “Town of Law” or “Town of the New Law” which would make sense for the early American settlers who were escaping the old law of the English king.

Another theory is that the town was named after the English town, now named Laxton, formerly Laxintone. That town name may have come from the old English Leaxingtūn meaning the “farmstead or estate of Leaxa” where Leaxa was a given or family name.

Sorry I can’t give you a more definite answer and I hope this helps.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Hunger Games Name

Dear Jennifer,

I’m fifteen and writing a Hunger Games fan fiction. It takes place after the last book and the main character is the daughter of Peeta Mellark and Katniss Everdeen. I named her Willow. I have many reasons for doing this. One is personal connections. My name is Alora Danin, which comes from the Movie/Book “Willow”.  It is also a reference to the song Katniss sang to Rue in the 74th Hunger Games: “Deep in the meadow, under the willow.” 

Characters in Panem are generally named after something that has to do with nature. Katniss and Primrose are both plant names, as is Willow.  As another side note, I plan on naming my daughter Willow (:

Sincerely,

Alora

Dear Alora,

You have a beautiful name, yourself!  And a wonderful association for the name you have chosen for your daughter. It seems like you’ve put a lot of thought into it, and that is wonderful.  Willow is a great name and I, too, am  Hunger Games fan!  May the odds be ever in your favor!

Sincerely,

Jennifer

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