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22 Boys’ Names from 22 Countries

May 1, 2019 LauraWattenberg 3 min read 2 Comments

Join me on a whirlwind trip through the the less-traveled lands of name style, via the Namerology Name Atlas. I’ve scoured the globe to find 22 hit boys’ names that show off their local roots with flair. Together they’re an introduction to the Atlas, and a reminder of how many […]

Baby Name Wizard 4: Meet the New Book!

April 24, 2019 LauraWattenberg 2 min read 15 Comments

It’s here! I’m happy to introduce the completely revised 4th edition of The Baby Name Wizard, the field guide to American baby names. If you haven’t browsed through the BNW books in the past, please take a look—you may be surprised. I think you’ll find that my books look different […]

16 Not-So-Classic Biblical Names

April 16, 2019 LauraWattenberg 2 min read 1 Comment

When it comes to classic baby name sources, the Bible is the gold standard. Biblical names like Mary, Anna and Sarah, John, Lucas and Jacob, are timeless favorites with roots so deep they can’t be buffeted by the winds of fashion. OK, that was a trick. One of the names […]

Four Reasons Parents Regret Their Baby Name Choices

April 9, 2019 LauraWattenberg 4 min read 4 Comments

After the struggle to choose a baby name comes a wondrous payoff. The name that started out as just a dream is brought to life as your child. For a small but growing number of parents, though, the dream doesn’t transfer. As their baby grows, so do their regrets about […]

10 Names that Mean You Were Born in the 1990s

April 3, 2019 LauraWattenberg 3 min read 1 Comment

Join me for a trip in my baby name time machine. We’re heading back to the 1990s, the age of flip phones, FUBU and Furbys. The names that will take us there are ’90s natives, baby names that mostly existed in that decade and wear their origins proudly. I’ll count […]

Name Spotlight: Zion

March 25, 2019 LauraWattenberg 3 min read No Comments

For college basketball fans, the “Name of the Year” is already decided. Duke freshman Zion Williamson is being called the best college player of his generation, and his charismatic first name is poised to become a marketing sensation. But the name Zion had a story of its own long before […]

Timeless Yet Intriguing Boys’ Names: The Master List

March 19, 2019 LauraWattenberg 1 min read No Comments

Yes, you can have it both ways. You can give your son a timeless, rooted name that that passing trends can’t touch, yet stay off the beaten path of fashion. Satisfy both sides of your style sense with the Namerology collection of boys’ names that are certified as both timeless […]

Pearl Harbor in Baby Names

March 15, 2019 LauraWattenberg 2 min read 2 Comments

On December 7, 1941, the world shifted: the Japanese bombing of a U.S. domestic naval base brought America into World War II. You can see the country’s move to wartime thinking play out in pre vs. post-Pearl Harbor baby names. What’s more, you can see direct echoes of the attack […]

Carol Danvers in 1968 and 2019

Captain Marvel and the Great Superhero Name Problem

March 8, 2019 LauraWattenberg 2 min read 6 Comments

The new Captain Marvel movie showcases the most powerful hero of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She controls energy, she regenerates, she has far-reaching cosmic awareness. As embodied by actress Brie Larson, she is young and beautiful and badass. Her name, you ask? Carol. The character Carol Danvers made her comics […]

Namerology: the art and science of names

Meet Namerology.com

March 8, 2019 LauraWattenberg 1 min read 5 Comments

Welcome to Namerology! My name is Laura Wattenberg. I’m the author of the Baby Name Wizard books and the original founder of BabyNameWizard.com. I’ve spent 18 years studying names and name trends, and I’ve learned that it’s a subject that can never run dry. That’s because names are part of […]

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