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

Name Challenge: Orange
Hi Jennifer, I’m a trans person looking for masculine names for myself that have a meaning involving orange: the fruit or the color, or something similar? (I feel like i tend to find a lot more feminine ones, like clementine or amber) Thanks!!! [More]
More about Loie
Hi Jennifer, I saw that someone was asking about the name Loie. My mother’s cousin is named Loie, pronounced Loy, rhyming with boy. She was born in northern Florida in the 1940s from Cuban and British ancestry. Not sure if that would have an effect on the pronunciation. [More]
Where does Loie Come From?
Hello Jennifer, I was wondering if you could help me out with the meaning of the name “Loie.” A little girl in my family died in the 1920’s and that was the name on her tombstone. I’m pretty sure it’s pronounced “Low-ee” and not “Lou-ee.” Anyway, I really love the name and would like to know if there’s a possible meaning, thanks! [More]
Providence as a Baby Name?
Hi, I’m a big fan of your website, I’ve been using it to help name characters for years! I’m starting to brainstorm names for future kids and was wondering what you think about using the word “Providence” as a name. I would probably use it for a middle name since it’s unusual and I don’t know of it being used as a name before. [More]
Salaine from Iceland
Hi Jennifer, I wanted to let you know what a bog fan of your site I am! I absolutely love looking up the meanings of different names and reading through the Ask BabyNames blog (even though I’m nowhere close to being a parent), and it has proved incredibly helpful for my writing. [More]
Don’t Worry, Bee Happy
Hi Jennifer, My name is Melisha, pronounced muh-lish-uh. I have looked for years and can’t find a meaning for my name. I know my mom wasn’t sure what my name would be if I was a girl until she was watching TV one day and a shampoo commercial came on. [More]
Did we invent Charlene?
I’ve noticed the name Charlene is becoming popular and got curious…I checked to see if the name had been used before 1938. My dad and mom named my sister Charlene as a combination of their names Charles and Ethelene. My sister was born January 11, 1938. [More]
Isla and the name Peniel
Hi Jennifer, My husband and I will be having our first child in November. He wants to give her the middle name Peniel, a place in the bible. We both agreed on Isla being her first name but, I don’t know how to feel about Peniel as her middle name. [More]
My Best Friend’s Baby
Jennifer, My best friend is due with her first baby, a boy, in May. She has chosen the name Alyksandr because her husband insists that has to be the name. If that wasn’t the only problem, his middle name was going to be Matthew until her dad passed away in December from cancer. [More]