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Ask Baby Names

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

Author: Jennifer M.
Grownup Name for a Baby

Dear Jennifer:

My husband and I are expecting our first child in the spring. We don’t want to find out the sex in advance, so we are trying to choose names for both genders. We both know we’d like to honor loved ones, both living and deceased, and are pretty much set on the name Douglas Matthew (after his uncle and my husband, respectively) for a boy. [Read more...]

New name: Maeva

Hello Jennifer,

I love your site! I also enjoy reading your “Ask BabyNames.com” section, and today I am going to ask my own question.

I really enjoy French/French Canadian names such as “Coralie”, and sometimes browse popular Quebec names to get ideas. [Read more...]

The Cotillion Chronicles

You think you know your children. Sometimes they surprise you.

“Mom, I want to do Cotillion”.
“Come again?”
“Sign me up for Cotillion, please”.
“White gloves, formal dress, dancing with boys…THAT Cotillion?”
This is my ten year old, cool cat, still thinks boys are gnarly, point guard on her b’ball team, free spirited daughter. [Read more...]

Middle names for the twins

Dear Jennifer,

After a long and painful decision-making process, I think we’ve settled on Lydia and Quentin for our g/b twins.  Since the kids will get my husband’s last name, I’d like to honor my family in middle names.  My maiden name won’t work, and my parents don’t like their own first names.   [Read more...]

Leo for a girl?

Hi Jennifer! We have 3 boys and just found out we are having a baby girl.  We had picked Leo as a boy’s name and fell in love with it.  My grandmother’s middle name was Leona, so Leo was a throwback to her; however, we do not like the name Leona.  [Read more...]