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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

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Andersen for a Girl?


Hi Jennifer,

I’ve read your Q&A for years even though this is my first time expecting.

We won’t find out what we’re having before the birth so we’ll have to come up with options for each sex and decide on the day! [Read more...]

Baker and Occupational Names

Dear Jennifer,

I love Baker as a surname, and it’s also listed on your website as a first name. Is Baker an accepted first name for a boy?

Sincerely,
Sasha R.

Hi Sasha,

Absolutely Baker can be a first name! Occupational names that were originally surnames have become pretty trendy in the past couple of years, especially for boys. [Read more...]

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 [Read more...]
From Time to Time

Hi Jennifer!

I’m a fellow name enthusiast. I recently watched From Time to Time (2009). It’s based on a children’s book series from the 1950s. It was a charming little movie. I recommend it! Great cast. Two characters had names that sent me straight to your site for answers, but none were to be found! [Read more...]
Too many -sons?

Hi Jennifer-

We’re expecting our third child this fall. We already have 2 girls and this will be our first boy. And “boy” are we having a hard time….see what I did there? Anyway, our last name ends in “son” and it seems most of the names we like also end in “son”. [Read more...]

The name Chapin

Dear Jennifer,

I recently watched a movie called “Triple Dog” and the main character was a girl named Chapin.

I noticed you didn’t have it on the website and I would really like to know what it means.

Thanks, Anna

Dear Anna,

That’s a great question!  [Read more...]

Meaning of the name Chainie

Hi Jennifer,

My husband’s cousin’s name is ‘Chainie’. I have never heard of this name before until I met her. As far as I know this is not a nickname and is her actual first name. I could not find it on your website so I was wondering if you could shed some light on her name’s origin and/or meaning. [Read more...]

The Dexter Association

Hi Jennifer,

My husband and I have a last name ending in –er so I always said I would NEVER name a child something ending in –er to avoid the rhyming sound. Lately, I’ve been hung up on Trent and he’s liking Dexter…I actually don’t think it sounds as rhyming as a lot of other  –er names and actually do like it, but I’m not sure I like the idea of telling our son we came up with his name from a serial killer on TV. [Read more...]

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