The Best Blogs for Baby Name Inspiration
So you’re contemplating baby names, are you?
Did you know that there’s an entire community of baby name blogs? Women (some moms, some not) obsessed with all things naming — the histories, meanings, sounds, popularity, etc.? They’ll group names together in master lists, they’ll answer reader questions, and some will even do personal name consultation. The bloggers have different perspectives and styles — some are from the U.S., others from Australia or the U.K. — but they share the same thing: passion for names.
If you’re in the process of searching for the perfect name (or, if you’re like me, and just daydream about future children’s names), check out one of these baby name blogs:
Baby-name enthusiasts need to clear a few hours out of their schedule for Nameberry.com — because the site is addictive. It’s easy to search, easy to read, and fully comprehensive in its scope and knowledge of naming. Not only does Nameberry have an awesome blog — much thanks to their awesome community of namers — but they have an endless database of name meanings and histories.
Read more from Nameberry.
The Baby Name Wizard Blog
The Baby Name Wizard has interesting graphic features for name searchers — like graphs and maps. But they also have a comprehensive blog, where they break down naming categories (like Greek names, popular U.K. names, names in the news, etc.) as well as in-depth naming issues (like “Is the Internet Changing Our Perspective of Names?”).
Read more from The Baby Name Wizard.
Name Candy: Ask the Name Lady
In collaboration with The Baby Name Wizard, NameCandy is a separate Web site for baby naming — including an entire celebrity baby name blog (which, yes, guilty pleasure). But my favorite is their “Name Lady” section, where the resident Name Expert answers all sorts of reader questions — like “is this name too weird?” and “what are the correct pronunciations for these names?”.
Read more from NameCandy.
You Can’t Call It “It”
Although Elisabeth Wilborn, the blogger behind You Can’t Call It ‘It’ doesn’t regularly update her baby-name blog, it’s still my very favorite — just for the archived posts alone. With helpful advice like “7 Deadly Trends of American Baby Naming” and “Names Like Isabella (and other overly popular names),” her advice is evergreen. The blog also has a long list of name suggestions — from color names to French names to girly names.
Read more from You Can’t Call It “It”.
Popular in the baby-naming community (and a frequent guest poster on Nameberry), Appellation Mountain’s tagline is: where every name has a story. And they follow through with this by featuring a “Baby Name of the Day,” where each name is fully explored — from its history to possible nicknames. There’s also extensive baby name advice and naming lists to sift through.
Read more from Appellation Mountain.
Hello, My Name is Pabst
I think the tag line pretty much says it all: “Baby names for nonconformist, indie, geeky, diy, hipster, and alterna-parents of every kind.” This is definitely the most unique and entertaining name blog of the bunch. Rather than just write about a name — the history, meanings, etc. — Hello, My Name is Pabst features real babies + a fun little blurb about the baby’s personality and interests. You get everything you want to know (including why the parents chose the name) in a short, funny blurb. LOVE IT.
Read more from Hello, My Name is Pabst.
If you find yourself scanning movie credits for name inspiration, or birth announcements in your local newspaper, then you’ll definitely like Name Soiree — which is basically endless lists of real-life babies from around the world.
Read more from Name Soiree.
Swistle: Baby Names
Here’s another fantastic resource for anyone looking for a baby name. Swistle largely answers readers’ naming questions (plus offers private baby name consultations), so this could be the place to go with your nitty-gritty baby naming dilemmas.
Read more from Swistle: Baby Names.
Waltzing More Than Matilda
A comprehensive look at baby names through an Australian lens — from celebrity picks to in-depth name analysis.
Read more from Waltzing More Than Matilda.
British Baby Names
Here’s another international baby name blog, but this time from a British perspective. British Baby Names offers statistical analysis, historical research, and discussions on current naming trends.
Read more from British Baby Names.
For Real Baby Names
Similar to Name Soiree, For Real Baby Names features endless lists of real baby names for easy-to-scan inspiration.
Read more from For Real Baby Names.
If you love all things baby names, eponymia is sure to become a regular read. Preppy names, royal names, “elemental” names — they’re all here.
Read more from eponymia.
If you’re into unique international names, this blog has a New Zealand focus — including New Zealand birth announcements.
Read more from Babynamelover’s Blog.
Upswing Baby Names
Upswing Baby Names is all about names that deserve a revival — “different but not too different.” The blog features name spotlights, name lists, and in-depth naming discussions (like bully phobias) in a well-researched, well-written package.
Read more from Upswing Baby Names.
Baby Name Obsessed
This blog is actually penned by a baby-name-obsessed teen, who has a fun, modern perspective.
Read more from BabyNameObsessed.
Baby Name Pondering
And here’s another baby name blog that features both specific names (Calliope, Charlotte, Tempany, etc.), as well as fun lists (like “Ted’s Trashy Names List” and “Literary Persuasions”).
Read more from Baby Name Pondering.
Mer de Noms
Although this blog features names from all backgrounds, Mer de Noms is especially for anyone who leans toward British + French baby names.
Read more from Mer de Noms.
The Beauty of Names
The tag line for this blog pretty much sums up its philosophy: “Words Have Meaning, Names Have Power.” Recent posts include “Names Taken From Fabric” (Tulle, Angora, Calico, etc.), “Birth Announcements from the Telegraph,” and “Neglected Gems for Girls.”
Read more from The Beauty of Names.
Like all name bloggers, Kelli — the mom behind NameFreak! — is a passionate name enthusiast, which comes through in her posts.
Read more from NameFreak!.
Once Upon a Time Baby Names
Rather than listing a bunch of baby names, this name blog takes a more in-depth approach to either a specific name or a naming topic.
Read more from Once Upon a Time Baby Names.
Geek Baby Names
An entire blog devoted to baby names that come from science, science fiction, and fantasy.
Read more from Geek Baby Names.
Here’s another interesting name blog that’s definitely worth a look through. I especially love the “How to Get Your Nickname” feature, which highlights a cute nickname (like Ettie or Dori) and lists a bunch of more formal names that could be shortened to it.
Read more from Nameaholics Anonymous.
And, of course, keep checking back to Disney Baby for more baby name ideas!