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First and Middle: Same Meaning
Hello,
I have always liked the name Joshua for a son. In my family, we have a tradition of using the middle name Salvatore. My dilemma is Joshua means “God is salvation” and Salvatore means “savior.” Would it be silly to use this combination?
Sincerely,
Jarrett A.
Hi Jarrett,
I think using Joshua and Salvatore together is perfectly fine.  Not many people know the meaning of a name when they meet a person so it won’t be shocking or silly.
Sincerely,
Jennifer
Daughter’s Name Like Mom

Jennifer,
 
Me and my husband are expecting twins this July and we do not know the sex of the babies. For boys we like Liam and Jackson. For girls we like Chloe and Mckenley (Kenley for short). My name starts with Mck and I thought it would be neat if I carried on the tradition. Do you think that if we have both girls that Chloe would feel left out?
 
Mckenzie

Dear Mckenzie,

I do think that Mckenley and Mckenzie are too similar, whether you are having twins or not.  I’m not a big fan of naming after parents for two reasons: 1. the child should have his or her unique identity in the household and 2. sheer confusion. 

I do love that you are thinking of completely unique names for the twins – they will have to share everything in life from their birthday to clothes to looks. My stance is that twins should have their own unique names!

Go back to “name storming” and let me know what you come up with!

Sincerely,

Jennifer

 

Lexington

Hi Jennifer!

Thank you so much for creating this site, it is one of my favorite websites and I visit it almost every day!

I was just wondering if you could help me find out the origin of my name, Lexington. It is not a family name; it’s just a name that my parents liked. I have always wondered what the meaning and origin of my name is and I feel like I have searched every baby name website and am still unable to find the meaning.

Thank you so much for your help!

Lexie

Dear Lexie,

You are very welcome and thank you for your kind words! The name Lexington comes from the place name, a city in Massachusetts and the site of the first shot of the Revolutionary War. There is also a town named Lexington in Kentucky.

There are several theories of where the town name originated.  One is that “Lex” is the Latin word for “law” so Lexington would mean “Town of Law” or “Town of the New Law” which would make sense for the early American settlers who were escaping the old law of the English king.

Another theory is that the town was named after the English town, now named Laxton, formerly Laxintone. That town name may have come from the old English Leaxingtūn meaning the “farmstead or estate of Leaxa” where Leaxa was a given or family name.

Sorry I can’t give you a more definite answer and I hope this helps.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Hunger Games Name
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Dear Jennifer,

I’m fifteen and writing a Hunger Games fan fiction. It takes place after the last book and the main character is the daughter of Peeta Mellark and Katniss Everdeen. I named her Willow. I have many reasons for doing this. One is personal connections. My name is Alora Danin, which comes from the Movie/Book “Willow”.  It is also a reference to the song Katniss sang to Rue in the 74th Hunger Games: “Deep in the meadow, under the willow.” 

Characters in Panem are generally named after something that has to do with nature. Katniss and Primrose are both plant names, as is Willow.  As another side note, I plan on naming my daughter Willow (:

Sincerely,

Alora

Dear Alora,

You have a beautiful name, yourself!  And a wonderful association for the name you have chosen for your daughter. It seems like you’ve put a lot of thought into it, and that is wonderful.  Willow is a great name and I, too, am  Hunger Games fan!  May the odds be ever in your favor!

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Grandmother’s Name: Alvietta
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Hello Jennifer!

I want to ask you about a name from my family history. My however many greats grandmother’s name was Alvie Etta. I’ve also seen it spelled Alvietta. I love the way it sounds and I was wandering what it meant. For context: she lived in Texas in the late 1800’s.

Thanks, Elizabeth

 

Hi Elizabeth,

Alvie was a diminutive, feminized version of the name Alvin, which means “Noble Warrior.”

Etta is a diminutive, feminized suffix applied to names.  

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Name from History
Hi Jennifer,

My son’s name is Patton. My husband likes WW2 history and got the name idea from General George S. Patton. Do you know the meaning? 

Thanks,
Elindsey
Dear Elindsey (great unique name!),
Patton is an Anglo-Scottish surname.  It comes from Pat–short for Patrick–and the suffix -on which means “little” or “son of.”   So the official meaning would be “Son of Patrick.”
Sincerely,
Jennifer
The Name Hakizimana
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Hello Jennifer!

My husband and I recently welcomed our son into our family in a nontraditional way.  He is a refugee from Africa, 17 years old.  I am curious about the meaning of his name, Hakizimana.  He is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, although he lived in a refugee camp in Rwanda from 6 months on.  He speaks Kinyarwanda, which is spoken in Rwanda, but I don’t know if his name is part of that language or another.  He goes by the name “Hakim” now in America, which means wise, but I’m not about to tell a teenage boy that his name means Wise.  I would love to tell him what Hakizimana means though.  Thank you for your help!

Kellie

Hi Kellie,

What a wonderful addition to your family!  According to my research, Hakizimana was originally an Egyptian name, but prevalent in Rwanda. It means “God Saves Everything.” I have added it to our site.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

The name Levron
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Hi Jennifer!

My great-grandmother’s maiden name was Levron and I was wondering if you may have information about it. Could it be French? I know her family has ties with France.

Thanks,
LAURA

Hi Laura,

Levron is originally a French surname, which is geographical for a family from Vron, France. Vron is a small village in the Picardy region in the north of the country. I couldn’t quite discern what the name is from, but it may be related to Verona, which means “Truth.”

Sincerely,
Jennifer
Embedding Dad’s Name
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Hi Jennifer,

I’ve been a long time lurker on BabyNames.com, even before I was married or expecting. Now I’m pregnant with my first child and would appreciate your help; I love the name Declan and the meaning ‘full of goodness.’ My husband’s name is Clay and I was trying to make the baby’s name more meaningful by adding a ‘Y’ to produce the title “Declayn.” My husband thinks that everyone will mispronounce the name and it will cause confusion. How do you think others would interpret this particular spelling of the name?  

Thanks!

Jamie

Hi Jamie,

Good question! I think people would pronounce it as they see it. De-CLAY-n.  If that’s not what you are intending, then use the traditional spelling and tell your child that by using a “D” name, you were honoring his father. I’m not a big fan of naming a child after his/her parent, anyway, so I would recommend just plain Declan!

Thank you for being a loyal member of the site!

Sincerely,

Jennifer

 

Creating a New Name

Hi Jennifer,

Well, I like the name Tavia, but I don’t want to name one of my kids after someone I know who’s name is Tavia. So I added a suffix, “anna”. I looked on your site, and “Tavia” was listed as an abbreviation of “Octavia”, meaning eight, and “anna” was listed as “gracious, merciful”. So the name I made up, Tavianna, would mean “gracious, merciful eighth”??? Any thoughts on any other meanings this name could have?

Sincerely,
NJ

Hi NJ,

I love the name Tavianna, great job!  It is easy to pronounce and easy to spell. Yes, I would combine the meanings, but I would say “The Eighth / Gracious, Merciful.”  I will add it to our site.

Sincerely,
Jennifer