Category Archives: Naming Techniques

Jan
15

Baby Names Inspired by Celebrities

For most of us, coming up with potential baby names is simple. Whether or not they have to match with siblings or family names is usually where it starts to get difficult, and for some, even thinking of a list of names at all proves daunting. Some parents wait to meet their baby to decide on his or her name—just ask Fred Savage. Could you imagine waiting that long to name your little one? 

What if something ruins one of the names on your short list of favorites, like strange initials or remembering someone with a similar name that you’d prefer to forget? Movies and television are often culprits of changing opinions about the perfect name, too. Would you let something like that sway you? 

Since Hollywood is often the source of baby names we love and hate, here is a list of baby names borrowed from some of our favorite celebrities! 

Boys:
Jude (Hebrew): One who praises god
Clay (English): Of the earth’s clay
George (Greek): One who works the earth; A farmer
Alec (Greek): Form of Alexander, meaning “helper & defender of mankind”

Girls:
Jennifer (Welsh): One who is fair; A beautiful girl
Emma (German): One who is complete; A universal woman
Adele (German): Of the nobility; Serene; Of good humor
Lena (German): Form of Helen, meaning “the shining light”

Jan
2

What Do Your Baby’s Initials Spell?

When it comes to baby names, there’s a lot to consider. Should it be a family name? A traditional name? Should it just be the name you fall in love with? After that, you’ve got nicknames and middle names to work out—initials are usually the last item on the list. What if the initials for your favorite name combination spell out an unfavorable word; would you change your decision? Depending on whether or not others would pick up on the word is a big factor. It might only seem obvious to you, but you can’t predict what words will change as your son or daughter ages.

Certain letters will be more difficult to make acronyms out of—here is our list of initial friendly baby names.

Boys:
Oscar (English/ Gaelic): A spear of the gods/A friend of deer
Howard (English): The guardian of the home
Mead (English): From the meadow
Louis (German): A famous warrior

Girls:
Monica (Greek/ Latin): A solitary woman/ One who advises others
Tress (English): A long lock of hair
Margaret (Greek/ Persian): Resembling a pearl/ The child of light
Ezra (Hebrew): One who is helpful

Dec
14

Do You Have Future Baby Names Picked Out?

What came first, the baby or the name? Some parents grow up knowing what they will name their future children. Others wait to meet their baby, like celebrity dad Fred Savage, and name their kid after getting to spend time with the new baby. What’s your naming style? Did you start looking for names before you were even pregnant, or is that too superstitious?

Whether you’ve already received the good news or you’re planning ahead for your future family, here is our list of favorite baby names right now!

Girls:
Olivia (Latin): Of the olive tree; One who is peaceful
Rebecca (Hebrew): One who is bound to god; In the bible, the wife of Isaac
Alexis (Greek): Helper and defender of mankind
Emily (Latin): An industrious and hardworking woman

Boys:
Bodhi (French/ Scandinavian): One who brings news; A herald/ provides shelter
Anthony (Latin): A flourishing man; From an ancient Roman family
Jack (English): Form of John, meaning “god is gracious”
Aaron (Hebrew): One who is exalted; From the mountain of strength

May
7

Something to Smile About

The fifth month of the year not only brings with it the warm weather that accompanies the summer months, it also bring about new life and beauty. Maybe that is why May is National Smile Month—because what is there to not smile about?

In honor of the parents, soon-to-be parents, grandparents and couples planning on starting a family, the BabyNameRegistry blog has compiled a list of names that will bring a smile to your face.

Boys:

Brayden (English): From the broom or gorse hill
Carson (Scottish): The son of a marsh dweller
Timothy (Greek): One who honors God
Xander (Greek): Form of Alexander, meaning “helper and defender of mankind”

Girls:

Charlize (English): Feminine form of Charles; a small, strong woman.

[Parents: When choosing a baby name, honoring a loved one or shortening a name to make it a bit more edgy and unique can be a great way to start off the naming process. Look back and think of names that have caught your attention and continue to be remembered. Charlie is a very cute nickname for a little girl and will grow with her as she ages.]

Halle (Greek): Feminine form of Hall/woman of the sea/from the field of hay
Macy (French): One who wields a weapon
Neena (Hindi): A woman who has beautiful eyes

Mar
24

Fame: Born in March

Expecting a baby in the remainder of the month of March? If so, you’re in luck! Below is a list of famous people in history born during the last two weeks of March. Choosing a baby name has never been so simple! Take a look, and be inspired.

Boys:

Gabe (Hebrew): God’s able-bodied one -Gabe Kaplan, March 31, 1945
Kenny (Gaelic): Form of Kenneth, meaning “fire born” -Kenny Chesney, March 26, 1968
Quentin (Latin): Fifth -Quentin Tarantino, March 27, 1963
Vince (Latin): Form of Vincent, meaning “prevailing” -Vince Vaughn, March 28, 1970

Girls:

Annabella (Hebrew/Italian): God has favored me -Annabella Sciorra, March 24, 1964
Danica (Slavic): Morning star/from Denmark -Danica Patrick, March 25, 1982
Lucy (Latin): Form of Lucille, meaning “light”-Lucy Lawless, March 29, 1968
Norah (Greek): Shinning woman -Norah Jones, March 30, 1979