Myrna Loy, Named for a Whistle Stop

Here’s an interesting name story: movie actress Myrna Loy was named “Myrna” after a railroad stop in Nebraska. more

The Baby Name Kaleena

Ground-breaking sitcom “Love, Sidney” inspires baby name debut in 1981. more

How Do You Like Your Name, Caitlin?

An interview with a Boston woman named Caitlin. more

Kentucky Town Named for Little Girl

I’ve talked about places named for adults (Sedona, Nira) and a place named for a baby (Wainwright), but never a place named for a child. The community of Burna in Livingston County, Kentucky, was named for 11-year-old local Burna Phillips (1895-1983): The community is said to have been founded around […] more

Name Quotes for the Weekend #24

“Parents shouldn’t impose cryptic, incoherent or foolish spellings on their own children, nor on society as a whole.” more

Namespotting in Arlington – Ammi, Loammi, Ruhamah

Where does the name Ammi come from? Another post inspired by a graveyard… more

Baby Names Inspired by Prince

How was superstar musician Prince influenced the national baby name charts? more

Top Hebrew Baby Names in Israel, 5774

Tamar and Yosef were the most popular Hebrew baby names in Israel in AM 5774. more

Problems with the SSA’s Baby Name Data

Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to the SSA’s baby name data. more

Want the Dalai Lama to Name Your Baby?

The 14th Dalai Lama will name your baby for you…just don’t be shocked if he chooses the name Tenzin. more

On the “Changed Nomenclature of Our Babies”

More proof that people have been complaining about “unusual” modern baby names since long before we were born… more

Unique Name Helps Adoptee Find Birth Family

An Illinois orphan named Tiona was able to track down her birth family thanks to her unique name. more

How to Write Nancy in Mayan

A month after getting back from Dubai, my husband was off to Mexico City. There, he got me this cool necklace that spells Nancy in Mayan — or so he was told. That was the clearest shot I was able to get. Here’s the “alphabet” they used: I love the […] more

Another Baby Named for Pullman Car

A baby born on a train was given the middle name Pullman. more

The 10 Children of Lady Charlotte Guest

If Lady Charlotte Guest had an 11th child, and you could choose the name, what would it be? more

The English Nobles Named “Other”

We know “other” is a vocabulary word, but did you know that it’s also a baby name? Hundreds of men in the U.S. have been named Other, believe it or not. more

The Baby Name Rhiannon

How big did the name Rhiannon get in the 1970s, thanks to the Fleetwood Mac song? more

How Do You Like Your Name, Matthew?

An interview with an American man named Matthew. more

Kilcher Names – Atz, Farenorth, Jewel, Q’orianka

Some of the unusual names to be found in the Kilcher family tree. more

Siblings Named Tonsillitis, Meningitis, Appendicitis…

Back in the 1930s, six siblings in Oklahoma were named for various medical conditions. more

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