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I have had an avid interest in names for eight years now. (But of course the interest started way before then).I know the meaning for all my family and friends' names, and would never name a child or even a pet something overused and common, or that has an undesirable meaning. There's a lot in a name.

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August 28, 2012 02:22 PM
In Response to Tough Baby Name Trivia

From a battle: Joan of Arc only after she was canonized by the Catholic church in the mid 20th century. Most varient spellings? Brianna maybe.

 Argh! Neither were right. :(


It seems like the British are bit more creative with their names. Is anyone else falling for that allusion? Maybe it just seems that way because I'm not used to their naming trends.

July 5, 2012 11:40 PM

Name associations...what a topic. I pretty much agree here...but I think it's also interesting to throw in another element...what the names actually mean....hehehe I like making things more confusing. But seriously do meanings account for the "meanings" we associate with a name???

April 20, 2012 10:01 AM

I have been technically obssessed with names for nearly a decade...although I'm sure the interest started way before I picked up a baby name book or found a fascination with the dictionary. I think the trend is still a subculture, but it is growing and I hope people continue to find an interest in names.

April 20, 2012 09:58 AM

Amazing post! Meanings often get morphed today and overlooked. It's amazing that there is a revival in looking for meanings behind names in an age that often chooses names based on their sound or popularity. Once again...amazing post!

March 1, 2012 10:59 AM

Wow...a lot of stuff to think about. I have noticed the trend. I don't think I follow it myself...I was the kid who named a pet cricket "George" and named the rabbit in the garden "Peter Rabbit" The lizard with the blue tale "Sky Tale" and so on and so on. I think people are getting more creative with their pet names for sure (aside from horses)dog names fascinate me the most. "Missus" being the strangest one. I also like hearing stories about the names my mother gave her birds as a child. There's a lot to think about when it comes to pet names...

February 9, 2012 03:39 PM
In Response to You Have Two Names

I totally agree. The name Brianna comes to mind. the "bri-ah-na" and "bri-a-na" cause so many people to argue over pronunciation. Then there's spelling issues: Briana, Brianna Bryanna, Briannah, Breeanna...I have seen that and more. Although it's all the same name to me, some people like to draw the line. I think the line is drawn when the original name is very very different from the alternate spellings or pronunciations and I think it depends on your point of view. For example: Hannah and Hana are two different names.

November 10, 2011 02:25 PM

Wow! I thought I was the only one who noticed that the President used Bob's catch phrase. You have a very observent daughter. I also am thrilled that you're exploring names of other languages; that adds to the fun of names.

October 30, 2011 12:27 PM

I was starting to think I was the only one who noticed shoes had names. :) I won't try this at home.

October 21, 2011 01:54 PM

In response to Mary J's post:I adore these types of names...especially:Noble and Novella(because of the n).Era reminds me of time, excitment,(also Eragon...but not too much), and Arbor reminds me of the great outdoors. Personally this reminds me that the dictionary is surprisingly a good place to find new names. :)

October 21, 2011 01:46 PM

I'm not familier with the last Baby Name Wizard books, but I'd like to polightly make suggestions based on my familarity with baby name books in general and this website. Girl's name:Poiema...and also names from other languages along with their pronunciation(eg: Yumi~You-me):). It seems like other name books lean toward only names from a certain language. I like how you're expanding the context of baby naming and making it easier to navigate. I'd be gleeful if I was working on such a project right now. Enjoy every moment of it!

October 14, 2011 10:25 AM

There's so much here that I agree with. A lot of women give up their name because they want to take on their husband's last name(it is romantic to them and they're making a statement), others choose to keep their name and that's fine too(it's not like they're crazy for choosing to hold on to that aspect of "identity" we all have reasons...I know many people who kept their maiden name), then...still others choose to use the last name as a middle name(fantastic, creative, good for you) maybe even some women use the maiden name as part of their child's names or take names from family members and intergrate those names into their family. People are different...we see that in names.

October 14, 2011 10:18 AM

BELLA, as in "Bella Bella Bella Dancerella" and Dora(although it isn't sung, doesn't carry the charm it has in David Copperfield...perhaps because of its new close association to a cartoon?) Am I the only one tired of the media or a song taking a name and making it quickly overused? Going back to Bella, it's also associated with Twilight as well.

April 16, 2011 12:17 PM

When your middle name sounds prettier and carries more weight than your first name...of course you don't want to see it go. Personally, without my middle name my first name would be too common and uninteresting. Think Sarah Ann versus Sarah Kimberly...I know that's a poor example but you get the point. Here's another example...Tom Joe verses Tom you hopefully can see, the middle name adds to the first and sometimes last name. I like my middle name, but can easily see how a middle name can be forgotten. They aren't used much in our society.

April 16, 2011 12:01 PM

This was such an interesting blog. It's an aspect of naming you don't think of often...a women changing her name upon marriage. I agree with Wattenberg's reasoning...that Lydia's name was probly changed because it clashed with her husband's last name. But honestly...who knows? I'm don't like the idea of switching to a surname that doesn't sound quite right with my first name. But it would take much more than that to get me to take on a whole new name. It would take more personal reasons...not just a superficial awkward sounding arrangement of names.

March 24, 2011 11:26 AM
In Response to Justin: Forever Young

i know a girl named ryen (spelled as written) in the same class as a boy named ryan(spelled as written). She is actually quite popular. I'm not a huge fan of boy's names being used as girl's names...but in some cases it works well.

March 24, 2011 11:21 AM

I agree that the human names for pets make them seem more like part of the family. Once when I was younger I named a pet cricket George and got almost as attached as I had been to my dog and cat!

March 17, 2011 04:53 PM
In Response to Justin: Forever Young

Wattenburg hit the nail on the head with this blog. Justin is a youthful name that never seems to fade out of style. I agree with that...but I think thta Jason and Jacob are pretty close too.

January 1, 2011 01:47 PM
In Response to It's a Wonderful Name

Having a common name like Jennifer, Amanda, Mark,'s tough sometime. I wouldn't change my name...I'm too atached,but I wouldn't burden my kids with a terse name, that is number one on the charts. I like Novia for a girl and anything differnt for a Ajax, or Castle...even just something like Winston, British people tend to be more creative when naming their children....


My advice to anyone, learn to love your name.And if it's absolutely necessary,change it. But if you learn to like it, it will boost your self esteem. Also note to parents(or friends of new parents),do not choose a name you wouldn't like having yourself...or that they would regret latter.