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

Moonyeen
Hi, there – Big fan of the site! I’m wondering if you have any information on the name “Moonyeen?” It was my grandmother’s middle name but I have no idea where it comes from or what it means. Thank you,
Karen Siddiqi Hi Karen, Moonyeen was an unusual name that turned up briefly in the U.S. [More]
Dr. Who Name
Jennifer,
I absolutely love your website! I was watching Dr. Who the other day and one of the characters names was Cathica. I can’t find any information on the name – if it is even a name used before or if it was made up for Dr Who. [More]
Eureka! A new name.
Hi Jennifer!
I am a frequent visitor of your site, as I love looking up different names and getting story inspiration. I am currently reading a book with main character, Eureka, which I think is a beautiful and unique name. Would you mind telling me what it means and adding it to your site?  [More]
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. [More]
The Name Wickham
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! [More]
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. [More]
The name Nausicaå
Hi Jennifer! Ever since I first saw Hayao Miyazaki’s movie ‘Nausicaå of the Valley of the Wind’, I’ve loved the name of the titular character. Since your website doesn’t have it, I did a brief google search and found that it means ‘burner of ships’, but there wasn’t any citation to a reputable source, so I’m little doubtful on how accurate this. [More]
Gibson to Honor Stepfather
Hi Jennifer!! I have a spelling question for you! My husband and I are planning another child in the near future and would like to honor my stepfather who’s last name is Gibbs. I came across Gibson at one point and thought it was so unique and masculine and would be a good way to honor my him. [More]