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

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Dear Jennifer, A few months ago, I emailed you a question about names. To recap: my husband gets to choose our second daughter’s name and I was concerned because his front runner was Annabelle and our oldest is named Noelle, nicknamed Noelle-bell. [More]
First/Last Name Makes a Phrase
Dear Jennifer, My husband and I just found out that we’re expecting. We don’t know what we’re having yet, but I’ve been thinking about names for a while and really like the name River for a girl. The problem is that my husband thinks it’s more of an actor name than a good name for a kid and doesn’t like the way it sounds with our last name which is Walker. [More]
Baby Name Briggs
Hello Jennifer! My husband and I are looking to adopt an infant boy. Last year we had the pleasure of developing a wonderful relationship with a birth mom that grew up with my sister. Her baby was born 8 weeks early and we got to be there with them in the hospital. [More]
Two names, Different cultures.
Hi Jennifer, I am a transgender man and one of the greatest joys of transitioning was getting to choose my own name so that I would feel more “me.” I am now legally Aaron Kai. I chose Aaron because 1) I liked its meaning (exalted, strong) and 2) it is gender neutral when spoken but masculine on paper. [More]
Graham or Jared?
Dear Jennifer,
My husband and I are trying to decide on a name for our baby boy. It’s between Graham or Jared. We like Jared because we would use Leroy (which is my dad’s middle name) as the middle name so the initials would be JLB which is my husband’s father’s initials. [More]
Beyond the Meaning of a Name
Megan Swanek ‏@MrsSwanek  @babynamesdotcom #AskBabyNames Do you agree that names can have meaning beyond what the name book says? Hi Megan, Absolutely, a meaning and perception of a name can be very personal and different for each individual. For example if you and your partner have a special place that you’ve shared–for a romantic getaway, honeymoon, or even just a favorite spot–you may want to use that place name for your baby. [More]
Polish Name Roots
Dear Jennifer, I have always been fascinated by names, especially since I have an unusual name myself. I am of part-Polish heritage and have always struggled to get information on the Polish names that I have found on my family tree. [More]
Soundalike Names for Mom & Daughter
Jennifer,
I recently came across the name Kenley and fell in love with it. I am just concerned if I ever decide to use it if it will clash with my name, Mckenzie? Thanks!
Mckenzie Hi Mckenzie, You have to decide if there would be confusion in your household between the names Kenley and Mckenzie. [More]
Popular and Trendy Names
Hi, I am currently pregnant and I don’t know the sex of the baby yet, but I already have a two-year-old named Owen. It seems that I am drawn to some of the more popular names, like Olivia or Henry. I do not want to meet other children and find out every other kid has the same name as my child. [More]