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

Gender Bender Names
Jennifer, Me and my husband are expecting our third baby and are having trouble agreeing on a name. We already have two girls Lydia Rose & Clara Lorraine. I really like the names Leo, Theo, and Greyson for boy names and if its a girl I would like to name her Myka or Hazel. More
All about Nene
Hi, Just wondering if you would know where the name Nene comes from. Pronounced like “knee knee.” Jess N. Hi Jess, The name Nene can be traced back to many cultures: Aztec (Nahuatl), African and even Japanese. Most likely it is a variation of the male name John, meaning “God is Gracious.” It could also be a nickname for someone whose name begins or ends in ne or nee, like Renee.  More
Pronouncing Maille
Hi Jennifer! First off, let me just say I love looking at your website. I’ve been coming to your website since I was young just to look at names for fun and I love all the advice you give! I’ve always wondered how to pronounce the name ‘Maille.’ I’ve looked up how to pronounce it and some sites it says it’s pronounced like ‘Molly’ or ‘Mehl-leh’ or ‘May-lee’ or ‘My-lee.’ Is there any certain way you would pronounce this name? More
Name Roots
Hi Jennifer, I love your site & have been searching for the meaning of 2 names I am interested in. The first one is Liviana or I may spell it Livianna & the second is Kindley. I really love both of these names but haven’t been able to find the meaning or either. More
Pronunciation of Madeline
Hi Jennifer, I have always wondered what the appropriate pronunciation of the name Madeline. I have heard it pronounced Made-line and Made-lynn. Me and my husband really like the name Maddie and are thinking of using the name Madeline (Made-line). Do you think that this name is too outdated or confusing? More
Anthony has no Meaning
Hi,
I just wanted to let you know that I saw that the name Anthony, as I tried looking up its meaning on babynames.com, reads “Unknown.” Well I also happen to have a Name That Baby book that lists its meaning. More
About Kreatyve Name Spellings
Hi Jennifer, I was wondering your opinion on using names with non-traditional spellings. My name is spelt in a non-traditional way: Karlee instead of Carly. I am almost always called Kaylee or Callie when first meeting people; not to mention I have to spell out my first name or have it spelt wrong every time. More
Behind the Name: Somerlyn
Hi Jennifer! I have always been a fan of the name Summer and recently I have came across the name Somerlyn. I was wondering if this is a made up name and/or what it means? Do you think this would be a good girls name? More