CatchThis Blog / baby naming

Jed Rendleman

December 8, 2015

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 West, sainthood is a birthright. And even though Kim made it clear that they wouldn’t […]

Mark Skoultchi

May 28, 2014

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 other important factors, like cultural pride and family lineage. Yet there’s a price to pay […]

Mark Skoultchi

May 8, 2013

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 tools to pick the perfect name. Data Mining for Baby Names The Social Security Administration […]

Leena Mehta

April 15, 2013

Mashable.com recently ran a piece about Baby Name Apps. The article by Vignesh Ramachandran lists 10 apps that help parents-to-be choose a baby name.  The apps feature tools ranging from name etymology to a poll for your Facebook friends. CLICK HERE to read the full article including some quotes from Laurel.

Leena Mehta

April 8, 2013

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 Laurel.

Mark Skoultchi

March 4, 2013

For someone in the naming business, Alexander McQueen’s 1922 book How to Name Baby without Handicapping It for Life is downright spooky. For one thing, it begins with a quote from Socrates that seems more appropriate as a slogan for the naming industry rather than advice for expectant parents: “The giving of names is no small matter, nor […]

Mark Skoultchi

July 12, 2011

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 day of the week (Sunday), in the seventh month of the year (July), at 7:55 […]

Mark Skoultchi

June 17, 2011

If my dad had carried the day, I would probably have been named Bethesda. As it was, my parents came to a workable compromise, and my proper name is Beth Linda. Not as memorable as Bethesda, but probably not as challenging as living my life as a town in Maryland. Naming a child is tricky […]

Mark Skoultchi

June 24, 2010

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 to my friends about what horrible writing it was. My point is, I’m hip to […]

Mark Skoultchi

May 10, 2010

What does naming a baby have to do with naming a laundry detergent? More than you might think. Just as a good commercial brand name creates positive interest and helps that brand make its way in the world, the right first name can smooth your child’s path and predispose people to think well of him […]