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How is Eoin pronounced?

Hi Jennifer,

I found an Irish name I really like – Eoin – Irish form of John. My problem is I have no idea how to pronounce it. I think it might be pronounce like Ian, but have no real idea. Could you possibly help?

Is there any way you could add a pronunciation feature to your website?

Thanks,
Merlynhawk

Dear Merlynhawk (awesome name, btw),

Eoin is traditionally pronounced “OH-in” not like the name Ian (“EE-in”).

Hope that helps!

Sincerely,
Jennifer

Eviana

Jennifer,

I just have to say I love your site. My husband and I are really banking on having a girl & I heard the name Eviana (Ev-E-Annah) the other day, but could not find it in your database. I was wondering what the meaning of this name was or if it was just made up? And although I love the name, I keep thinking of the Evian water brand and wonder if she would then get made fun of? Thank you so much!

Emily T.

Dear Emily,

Thank you for the kudos! Eviana is a beautiful name. There are many names that are derived from other, more common names. Derivative names can come from changing a letter, adding a letter or combining two names.

Eviana is one of these names. It could be a combination of Eve/Evelyn and Ana or a derivation of Evana or yes, Evian. I do not think an Eviana would get teased, as there is no negative connotation to the water brand Evian.

I will add it to the BabyNames.com database.

Sincerely,
Jennifer

Breaking your own Naming Theme

Dear Jennifer,

I find myself caught in a theme with trying to name our second child. Both of our names end with a y and our son’s name has a y in it (we picked it cause we loved the name and not for the y). For a girl we are considering Laney, not because of the y but because we like the name. My question is, when it comes to a boys name, are we obligated to think of names with y’s in them or is it ok to break the theme we find ourselves caught in? Also what is the common spelling for Laney or Lainey?

Thanks for your input,
Mom caught in an unplanned theme

Dear Themed Mom,

Here’s news for you: YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT! You are in charge. That being said, I’m not a fan of female names ending in Y or IE. I feel they are too diminutive for a grown woman. Would you name a son Jimmy without the given name James? I hope not.

If you are considering Laney–my preferred spelling–use it as a nickname. Name your daughter Lane, Tamerlane, Brilane, Delane or another name she can grow with.

Sincerely,
Jennifer

Oneika, Onika, and Nikki Minaj

Hi,
I was trying to upload a face pix and received this message: This name is not in our database, so photo will not appear on the site. My first name is Oneika. My father told me that it is Swahili for “one with beauty”. Can you research and add it? There are quite a few Oneikas out there. Some spell it the way mine is spelled and I’ve also seen Onika which happens to be Nikki Minaj’s name.

Sincerely,
Oneika T. K.

Dear Oneika,

You have a beautiful name! Thank you for your submission. I have researched the name, which is more likely to have come from West Africa. It is a variation of the Igbo name, Onyekachi, which means “Who is greater than God?” I have added it to the BabyNames.com database.

Sincerely,
Jennifer

New Name: Vahn

Hi Jennifer,
I have named my son Vahn, I noticed it was not in your database, I have found it to be a male form of Siobhan and some of its meaning to be Justice. It was a name of a character in Legends of Legaia. I’m not sure of the origin, but I liked it as opposed to John (another male form of Siobhan). I thought you might want to add it to your database, so others can view it as an option. Maybe you can find its origin also.
Heidi

Hi Heidi,
The Irish female name Siobhan is a form of Joan, which is a feminized version of John. Therefore the meaning of Vahn would be “God is Gracious.” Vahn could also be a variation of the name Vaughn, an English surname meaning “small.”
Thank you for the submission, we will be adding it to the database.

Sincerely,
Jennifer

Variations of Marcel

Hello,

My name is Marcelina,but I didn’t see it on your website. I think my name means warrior. Please research and put it on your site.

Thank you.
Marcelina M.

Hi Marcelina,

Names are like words-they have origins and roots. Many names are derivatives of other names. They could come from surnames, place names and in the case of female names often are based on a male name. Marcelina, for example, is a feminized version of the French name Marcel. Marcel means “Young Warrior.”

While we try to include all variations of a name in our database, we do miss some. We have Marcel, Marcela, Marceline, Marcelino, Marcell, Marcella, Marcello, and Marcellus. I will make sure we include Marcelina, as well.

Sincerely,
Jennifer

Feedback on Dexter

Hi Jennifer,

I was just browsing through your Q&A and came across the question about the name Dexter being too reminiscent of the serial killer from the TV show. You advise against using the name because it has “bad associations” right now. While I think this would be somewhat true, I don’t think it should stop the parents from using the name if they really love it. If it were me, I’d hate to look back 20 years from now and think “I can’t believe that dumb old show stopped me from using the name Dexter.”

People have surprisingly short term memories and will likely forget the name has anything to do with the TV show after getting to know little Dexter. If the parents are worried about strangers prejudging their child based on a name, well I think that happens with a lot of names anyway and they can always say it was after their favorite childhood cartoon (strangers don’t need to know if this is true)! For what it’s worth, I am a fan of both shows and I love the name Dexter!

Thanks,
Rebecca

Dear Rebecca,

Thank you for your feedback! If I were expecting I would seriously consider the name Dexter for a boy, even if I relegated it to a middle name.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

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