The 19 Children of Susanna & Samuel Wesley

Did you know that John and Charles Wesley, the founders of Methodism, had 17 other siblings? more

Where Did Hoagy Carmichael’s Name Come From?

Hoagland Carmichael, named for a railroad man (not a circus!). more

The Musical Baby Name Anona

The song-inspired baby name Anona debuted on the SSA’s baby name list way back in 1903. more

Popular Names in Dubai – Mohammed, Mariam

The names Mohammed, Mariam and Fatima are consistently popular choices for UAE babies. more

Polish Baby Named for American Soldier

In August of 2013, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Michael Ollis, originally from New York City, sacrificed his life shielding Polish soldier Lt. Karol Cierpica from a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. In January of 2015, Cierpica and his wife welcomed a baby boy. They named him Michael, in honor of Michael […] more

Baby Name Battle – 7 Hungarian Girl Names

Which of these Hungarian girl names — Katinka, Sari, Ella, Mici, Terka, Liza and Klara — do you like best? more

How Did Virginia Dare Get Her Name?

Did you know that the first English child born in the Americas, Virginia Dare, was named after a location? more

Wrangler, an ’80s Baby Name Enigma!

The baby name Wrangler debuted on the charts in the ’80s. Do you think the debut was influenced by the jeans or by the jeep? Or both? more

Popular Baby Names in British Columbia, 2013

Olivia and Liam were the most popular baby names in British Columbia in 2013. more

NBN Is Now Mobile-Optimized; Graphs Coming Soon

To see the baby name popularity graphs via mobile, just switch over to the full version of the site. (They’ll be available on mobile soon!) more

Baby Name Battle – Malcolm vs. Haynes

If you were having a son, and you had to name him either Malcolm or Haynes, which would it be? more

Subatomic Particle Siblings – Proton, Neutron, Electron…

Did you know that there’s an doctor named Electron Kebebew working at the National Cancer Institute? And that Electron has older siblings named Positron, Neutron, Deutron and Proton? (Deutron’s name is based on deuteron, which is the nucleus of deuterium, an isotope of hydrogen.) Electron and his siblings were born […] more

Bobbyetta, the Lion Lady Baby Name

Was Bobbyetta Porter the original cat lady? Perhaps! And her pet lion brought her enough fame to influence the baby name charts… more

Names in the News: Pauline, Ela Melanie, Doctor James

Three baby names that have been in the news recently: Pauline, born in March, is the third child of actor Vin Diesel. She was named in honor of Diesel’s “Fast and the Furious” co-star and Paul Walker, though it should be noted that Diesel also happens to have a twin […] more

The Ultimate ’80s Name-Song: Come on Eileen

“Come on Eileen” won the title! Totally didn’t expect that. (I would’ve put my money on “Billie Jean.”) Do you agree with the outcome? Why/why not? more

Name Quotes for the Weekend #29

“Back then it was common to encounter names of kids such as ‘Tom Cruise Duhaylungsod,’ ‘Jacky Chan Labadan,’ ‘Fernando Poe Capunay,’ etc.” more

Where Did Lido “Lee” Iacocca Get His Name?

Would you believe the famous CEO was named for a beach? more

Baby Boys Named Twig?

All thanks to a short-lived ’50s sitcom. more

Popular Baby Names in Virginia, 2013

Emma and William were the most popular baby names in Virginia in 2013. more

The Ultimate ’80s Name-Song Tournament: Final Round

We’re down to the final two, “Come on Eileen” and “Rock Me Amadeus.” Which one should be crowned the Ultimate ’80s Name-Song? more

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