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  • Name advice from Jennifer Moss,
    founder of BabyNames.com

Embedding Dad’s Name

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

Created name: Nicora

Dear Jennifer,

I just came across the baby name Nicora, and thought it was very unique but not too outlandish for a baby girl (albeit a bit more exotic than other daughters names’, Claire and Morgan). The name is not in your database.  Is Nicora a known first name for a girl or is this a made up name?

Thank you!

Natalie

 

Dear Natalie,

Sounds to me like this is a created name, combining the two names Nicole and Nora (or Cora). I’d be wary, since I first associate the name with Nicorette, the anti-smoking gum.  Not sure how others feel about that. 

I’d get some other choices onto your list…

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Nadia+Aria = Nadaria

Hi Jennifer,
I was messing around with names recently and came up with Nadaria, a mix of Nadia and Aria.

I was thinking it could mean hopeful melody and am now thinking about using it for my first daughter.

What do you think?

Thanks, Anna

Dear Anna,

I think Nadaria is a great name.  I really like when people create names, especially when they are easy to spell and easy to pronounce. If you think about it, all names were “created” names at one point, right?

If you love it, use it!

Sincerely,

Jennifer

New Names: Nathana and Veina?

Hello Jennifer,

I’ve come up with two new unique girl names. The names are Veina and Nathana. I think I came up with Veina because I was thinking about the name Reigna which is beautiful as well. Nathana is derived from Nathan but has a feminine side to it. Both names are feminine yet strong willing. For the name Nathana, you can shorten it to Ana or Athana (Athena) along with Natalie.

Please consider adding these names to your site.

Thank you,

Emilee D.

Dear Emilee,

I love when people create new names from existing names. (See my article on Game of Thrones Names, where author George R.R. Martin does this a lot!)  I really like the name Nathana.  Not so sure about Veina, though, as it conjures up a vision of someone with a lot of veins!  Since a vein is  a part of the body, I don’t think it would work so well as a name.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Daenerys
Hi Jennifer!
 
I’ve recently gotten into the show “Game of Thrones” and I have fallen in love with the name Daenerys. I know it’s made up, but I can’t seem to find a meaning of it anywhere! Do you have any ideas? I’m all out except for asking George R.R. Martin himself!
 
Thanks,
GoT lover.
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

Dear GL,
I’ve just recently finished the first season, myself, and do love the creative names of the characters! (List coming soon)  As far as I’ve researched, many of the character names were inventions of Game of Thrones’ author George R. R. Martin. Including Daenerys.  He’s done a great job naming his characters, clearly following our advice to make the names easy to pronounce and easy to spell. Well, most of them! The name Daenerys does follow standard Gaelic naming conventions. So unless you contact George R.R. Martin to ask him about his naming thought process, there really is no “meaning” per se.

Since the popularity of the HBO series, there have been baby girls named Daenerys–at least 400 documented!  So if you do decide to use it, she won’t be alone.

Sincerely,
Jennifer
Blending Surnames

Hi Jennifer!

I’d love to hear your advice about blending my last name, Rothschild, (ROTH-child) with my fiance’s last name, Meyer (MY-er). The readily available options are Rothsmeyer and Meychild, (although we’d probably do Rothmeyer or Mychild, to spare our kids the trouble of spelling it over and over for people). Which of those do you think makes the better last name? We are partial to Mychild for some reason, even though it sounds like “my child.” What are your thoughts?
 
Thanks in advance!
Chelsea
Hi Chelsea,
Interesting question. I’ve heard of couples doing this instead of hyphenating. I think it’s a good alternative, since hyphenating can get long and tedious. As for your question, I will apply my tip on first naming to say that Mychild would be the easiest to spell and pronounce.
 
For what it’s worth,  I also kind-of like Mythchild–it sounds like a name from a fantasy novel! Rothmeyer is also perfectly acceptable, and I don’t believe your kids would have any problem with that.
 
Good luck and let me know what you decide!
Sincerely,
Jennifer
Created name: Sameric

Hi Jennifer,

My husband and I are trying to decide on a middle name for our son. We were thinking of honoring both of our fathers. Samuel & Eric. I came up with Sameric. Is this a terrible made up name or is this somewhere in the past an acutal name? What do you think?

Thanks

Emily T.

Hi Emily,
Whereas Sameric can be a totally made up name, in which you combine the names Sam and Eric, it is also a rare Arabic last name based on the name Samir/Samer.
Samir means “Companion in Evening Talk.” Kind of a cool idea, isn’t it?

I say if you both love the name, go for it!
Sincerely,
Jennifer

A new, cool name

Hi Jennifer,

Here is a name I didn’t see in ANY of hundreds of sites was a name I thought of myself: Zandophen.  To me it means “exceptional talent.” I think it’s kinda cool to have–I mean, I’d want it. Email me back and tell me what you think. gotta go to school.

Thanks,

Benjamin Boyes

Dear Benjamin,

That is a cool name! I’ll make sure to add it to our website as a created name. It’s great that you are so creative, you have “exceptional talent” in the naming department. Have fun at school.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

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