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Baby name advice from Jennifer Moss, founder of BabyNames.com. Have a question for Jennifer? E-mail it to question@babynames.com

Name origins
All about Nene

Hi,

Just wondering if you would know where the name Nene comes from. Pronounced like “knee knee.”

Jess N.

Hi Jess,

The name Nene can be traced back to many cultures: Aztec (Nahuatl), African and even Japanese. Most likely it is a variation of the male name John, meaning “God is Gracious.” It could also be a nickname for someone whose name begins or ends in ne or nee, like Renee.  [Read more...]

Origin and Meaning of Alyda

Hi Jennifer!

I love your site; it’s Internet candy for me!  I have a quick question about my middle name: Alyda.  It’s tough to find name meanings for it and I have no idea what the origin of it is.  I inherited it from my grandmother (whom everyone called Lyda) and I’ve only met one other person who has this name.   [Read more...]

Origin of the name Minette

Hi! I know a girl with the name Minette, but couldn’t find it on your site and thought it was really pretty. Could it be added? I know it is of French origin, but don’t know much beyond that.

Thanks,
Madeline

Hi Madeline,

The root “Min” comes from the name Minnie, which is a diminutive form of the name Mary. [Read more...]

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