As a teacher, I spend countless hours correcting spelling and punctuation of my students’ papers.  But one reader wonders, are there spelling and punctuation rules when it comes to baby names? Continue Reading »


My husband and I just got back from a weekend at Disneyland.  I did quite a bit of namewatching while standing in lines or walking between rides.  Those embroidered Mickey hats sure make it easy.  🙂  Here are the names I noticed on kids.  The majority of these are from toddlers and preschoolers, but I included a few who appeared to be elementary school aged as well. Continue Reading »

Following on the heels of The Globe-Trotting Girls, here are some boys’ names that have derivations from more than one language: Continue Reading »

This is the first of my advice column posts. I’d like to make this a regular weekly feature on the site, so if you have a name question or need name suggestions that meet certain criteria, please feel free to email me at the address found in the sidebar.

Danielle Hurlock writes: Continue Reading »

In order to find names for their children, an increasing number of parents are turning away from English names and toward names that honor their family’s cultural background. But in our multicultural society, most children come from more than one ethnic background. What happens when you want to find a name that honors your Greek heritage and your husband’s Persian ancestry? Or a name that is easily pronounced by your Spanish relatives and your husband’s Jewish grandma? Or something that will work for your child whether your family settles in the U.S. or Japan?

Never fear! This is the first of a two-part installment on multicultural names: names with separate origins in at least two languages that will sound perfectly at home in a variety of countries. Today I will cover the girls’ names; look for a post on boys’ names to follow shortly. Continue Reading »

Much Ado About: Louisa

Looking for a name that is supremely familiar, fits in with current naming trends, and isn’t in the top 1000?  Consider the literary Louisa. Continue Reading »

Should we choose names for our children that will sound cute right now, or names that will sound cute 20 years from now? Continue Reading »