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

Cool Vermont Name
Hi Jennifer, My huband loves going to Vermont, and his parents own a house in Stowe, Vermont. I was looking up names that we could use as a middle name when we have children that had something to do with Vermont, and I found a name that isn’t in your database. [More]
Kreatyve Name Spellings
Hi Jennifer, I was wondering your opinion on using names with non-traditional spellings. My name is spelled 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 spelled wrong every time. [More]
Cohesive Sibling Names – yes or no?
Hi Jennifer! First, I have to thank you for this amazing site! I’m always on here looking for inspiring baby names. I have read nearly every Q&A so I am familiar with your “rules for baby naming”. One thing I have always wondered about, and have never really seen you talk about (forgive me if you have and I missed it!) is if you have an opinion on the cohesiveness of sibling names. [More]
New Name: Lillia
Jennifer- I have recently met someone who named their daughter “Lillia” (LIL-LIA). Could you add it to your database? Do you know what the meaning of this name is? Thanks! Anna Dear Anna, The name Lillia is a variant of Lily/Lilly/Lilia and means “lily flower.” I have added it as an alternate spelling to our LILIA page. [More]
Emily too Diminutive?
Hi Jennifer, I’ve seen you advise many times not to name your child something ending in -ie or -y. I really like the name Emily for my daughter, but do you think it would age well? Or should I name her Emmeline and call her Emily for short? [More]
The Name Joaquin
Hello, Question… what do you think of when you hear Joaquin? I’m trying to see how this name will work on a Resume when he is older. Hello, Answer… I think of the actor Joaquin Phoenix. I’m not sure how the name will work on a resume, but there may be some people who will not pronounce it correctly throughout your son’s school years. [More]
Seasonal Names
Hello Jennifer, I am starting to love month and seasonal names. Right now I like April. Must my daughter be born in April to receive that name or is that tacky? Same with Summer or Autumn, do they need to be born in that season, should I avoid matching birthday with name, or does it even matter? [More]
Beige as a Name
Hi Jennifer, I recently met a young lady with the name Beige, and I simply love it! I think it is a great alternative to Paige, and I noticed that it is not in the database! Could you add it? C Lou Dear C Lou, I love adding new names, so yes I have added the name Beige to our database. [More]
Native American Names
Jennifer, I’ve always loved the name Dakota. While I’m not yet expecting, it’s at the top of our list for a girl as it’s one of the few names we agree on. Recently, though, someone mentioned to me that it’s a culturally insensitive name due to the Native American tribe and that it would be cruel to use it for a child’s name. [More]