Emma & Noah still #1: Popular baby names 2016

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According to the Social Security Administration, the most popular baby names haven't changed much from the past few years, with old-fashioned and biblical being common themes. Emma is still the top baby name for girls. That's the third year in a...
By |June 22nd, 2017|CatchThis News, Fun Stuff, In-the-News|Comments Off on Emma & Noah still #1: Popular baby names 2016

Oh, When the Babies Go Marching: The Saint West Name Review

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Historically, it has required a lifetime of virtue, charity, and piety to be declared a saint. However, when Kim and Kanye (AKA Kimye) announced their newborn son’s name on Saturday, they showed the world that at least for this new...
By |December 8th, 2015|Name Reviews|Comments Off on Oh, When the Babies Go Marching: The Saint West Name Review

It’s Anaan not Allen: Personal Names and Cultural Identity

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As naming consultants, when we're naming products or companies we generally recommend a name that's easy and intuitive for target audiences to say and spell. But when naming babies? Well, ease of pronunciation can often take a second seat to...
By |May 28th, 2014|Catchword, In-the-News, Language Use|Comments Off on It’s Anaan not Allen: Personal Names and Cultural Identity

Use the Social Security Database to Name Your Baby

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Forget baby naming books. Look to the Federal government to help name your baby. Really. The Social Security Administration's Popular Baby Names website offers the best baby naming tool you’ll find anywhere. In this guide, I’ll offer some tips for using these...
By |May 8th, 2013|Fun Stuff|Comments Off on Use the Social Security Database to Name Your Baby

Laurel Quoted at Mashable.com

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Mashable.com ran a piece today about Babies Named After the Internet and Tech. The article by Vignesh Ramachandran gives eight examples of baby names inspired by current techie trends. CLICK HERE to read the full article including some quotes from...
By |April 8th, 2013|Fun Stuff, In-the-News|Comments Off on Laurel Quoted at Mashable.com

That’s My Baby: Naming, Celebrity-Style

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So David & Victoria Beckham had their first baby girl Sunday, and named her Harper Seven. As an ambisexual name, Harper certainly works.  But what's with the 7? Apparently, the Beckham infant weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces, was born on the seventh...
By |July 12th, 2011|Fun Stuff|2 Comments

“Twilight” Deadens Our Souls and Pervades Our Culture: Top Baby Names of 2009

I won't try to hide the fact that I have seen the two Twilight movies and I'm likely to see the upcoming third installment. I even went so far as to read the first book, and kept stopping to rant...
By |June 24th, 2010|Fun Stuff, Language Use|Comments Off on “Twilight” Deadens Our Souls and Pervades Our Culture: Top Baby Names of 2009

Why Didn’t I Think of That?: Linguistic Checks on Baby Names

Dang! I wish I had been clever enough to think of this first. Well, Catchword will be more than happy to check your baby's name in any language you want - and it won't cost you a thousand pounds, either....
By |November 18th, 2009|Fun Stuff, In-the-News, Language Use|1 Comment

Lost in Translation: How Chinese People Choose English Names

A fun video about English names in China. When I was taking Japanese with the Name Inspector, I nicknamed him Tako-san. Which seemed funny at the time. My name is impossible in Japanese!
By |June 9th, 2009|Fun Stuff, Language Use|Comments Off on Lost in Translation: How Chinese People Choose English Names

Parents, please…

Yet another embarrassing article on baby naming fiascos. (If you don't want to read the article, here's the gist: dad (Mr. Jones) names new baby "Dow" while mom is sleeping after giving birth. Previous child, Indiana, thinks it will all...
By |August 1st, 2008|Fun Stuff, In-the-News|Comments Off on Parents, please…