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

Distinctive Baby Names, State by State

Some of the most state-specific baby names, including Baxter (Maine), Cedar (Oregon), Denali (Alaska), Gentry (Oklahoma), Helios (Arizona), Ignatius (Kansas)… more

Cortana: Another Video Game Baby Name

Do you play Halo? Here’s a baby name inspired by the game, though not right away… more

The Baby Name Nadiya/Nadia

Nadia: one name, two possible derivations (Russian and Arabic). Which origin/definition do you prefer? more

Chinese Names that Reflect Moments in History

Many Chinese babies are given names that reflect current events. As time goes by, these current events become past events, in turn making Chinese names a lens through which to view historical Chinese events/attitudes. During the post-Civil War 1950s, when Chinese parents had “hopes for a prosperous country,” popular baby […] more

A Baby Named Encyclopedia Britannica?

Back in 1814, a New York baby was named Encyclopedia Britannica. Her siblings also had distinctive names… more

The Baby Name Thumbelina

Has the fairy tale name Thumbelina ever been given to a real-life baby? more

The Baby Name Omoo

Inspired by a Herman Melville book. more

How Do You Like Your Name, Barry?

An interview with a Texas man named Barry. more

Baby Names Being Chosen Earlier in Rural Ethiopia

Parents are naming their babies much earlier these days in the Ethiopian countryside. Why? more

Name Quotes for the Weekend #23

“When I was in first grade everyone made fun of my name, of course.” -River Phoenix more

Popular Baby Names in Switzerland, 2013

Emma and Gabriel (for French-speakers), Mia and Noah (for German-speakers), Sofia and Gabriel (for Italian-speakers), and Jonas and Chiara (for Romansh-speakers) were the most popular baby names in Switzerland in 2013. more

Wu-Tang Baby Name – Raekwon

How popular was the baby name Raekwon (inspired by the Wu-Tang Clan rapper) in the mid-1990s? more

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