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    Name advice from our founder, Jennifer Moss.

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Baby A and Baby B

Hi Jennifer,
Your website is wonderful, and I’m in awe of the amazing work that you do. As an aspiring author, I am constantly scouring your website to find names for my characters. Since I’m only twenty years old, I’m not going to be naming children of my own anytime soon, but I find your website incredibly helpful for my fictional family.
I have seen you answer many questions regarding naming children, and how you think it’s a good idea for each child to have their own identity within a family. I wanted to ask your opinion on naming twins. I know that you dislike twin names that begin with the same letter; I’m completely in agreement on that. But what do you think of naming twins according to their birth order, Baby A and Baby B?

Thing1-and-thing2

From Dr. Seuss’s CAT IN THE HAT

My little sisters are twins, and when we knew that we were going to be able to adopt them (they were placed with us through foster care at 3 months old), we knew that we wanted to change their names, as we had never really used their given names and only stuck to ‘baby girl’ or ‘sweetie’ before we knew we would be adopting them. We changed their given first names to their middle names, and decided on new first names for them. We found an ‘A’ name for the first born, Baby A, and a ‘B’ name for the second born, Baby B. As doctors only referred to them as ‘Baby A’ and ‘Baby B’ at the numerous doctor appointments they had, we thought it only appropriate. Their names, therefore, are Aspen and Brea.

What do you think of choosing names in this way, so that the children are still given their individuality, yet they are connected? In our case, we actually ended up choosing two city names, though I’m not suggesting that everyone should choose a theme like this. I’m just wondering what you think about using the ‘A’ and ‘B’ names.
Thanks for your thoughts on the matter!

Taylor Faith

Hi Taylor,

I don’t see anything wrong with naming twins with a theme as long as they are not likely to be confused. Aspen and Bree are very unique, and good choices. There is a little “secret connection” behind the names that make a great story.

I am a fiction author, as well, and I always work in some kind of name secret into my novels. Either a character has changed his/her name or has a story behind a nickname or some other anecdote. It’s fun and well, I love names! Since they are so much a part of one’s identity, it’s a great way to give some backstory and/or depth into a character.

Sincerely,
Jennifer

Regan – Political or Possessed?

Hi Jennifer!

I absolutely love your site and come here with all my baby name questions!

Me and my husband already have a son, Leo, and are expecting a girl next year. We have narrowed our choices down to Regan Mckenley or Chloe Makensie. We like both names since my Dad was the one who picked them out before he passed away.

We are just wondering if there are any nicknames that we could use for Regan while shes young? Or do you think its too abnormal of a name? Since I grew up with the name Isabel I realize how formal it sounds every time it is said.

Isabelregan

Dear Isabel,
 Personally, I’m not a fan of the name Regan. First and foremost it reminds me of the girl in the movie The Exorcist. Now, I realize that is because of my age and younger people may not make that connection. It also reminds me of the past-president of the U.S. Ronald Reagan. I know there are many Ronny-enthusiasts out there to this day, but I am not one of them.

If you decide to stick with the name and are considering nicknames, you could call her Ray or R.J. (I took your last initial from your email). Other than that, I have no ideas. Sorry!

Sincerely,
Jennifer

The Honest Company The Honest Company
The Name Wickham

Wickham, UK

Hi Jennifer!

We have begun our search for baby names and considering the name Wickham/Wick. I’ve come to your site (as I do very often) and notice it’s not on it. Would you mind letting me know what it means? I love to know the meanings to all names! :)

Thanks very much,
Penny

Dear Penny,

Wickham is an English surname with roots in a place name in England. The term literally translates in Old Englash to “settlement.” So it would have been applied to families in a particular area or settlement.

Thank you for the suggestion! I have added it to the BabyNames.com database.

Sincerely,
Jennifer

Our Pets, our Babies

To Whom it May Concern:

While browsing your website I was shocked to discover that you’ve included “Pet Names” on your BabyNames website. Perhaps a staff or editing member of your site is confused…animals are not humans. They don’t need extra special names. They are not “children”. They don’t need or merit the same great care or love real human beings are required. To see babies equated with pets is disgusting and twisted.

A Concerned Reader,
Rachel Brunk

jenn_roscoe_summer13Dear Rachel Brunk,

Wow. Just wow. That you actually took the time to write us and that you are actually offended by pet names. Actually, we’ve built a whole site just for them: PetBabyNames.com!

I, myself, am a pet mama to two cats, Roxie and Brutus, and a dog, Roscoe. Oh, yeah, and I also have a human baby, Miranda. No, they are not equal, but I love them all, with this thing I call a heart. And I must correct you: animals are children. They have mothers and fathers just like you. They have feelings. They love. They have facebook pages.

I’m sorry you were offended by our pet names, but we will not be removing them from our site. I hope you are not–nor ever will be–a pet owner.

Sincerely,
Jennifer

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