Anna Hecker

YA author, freelance writer, fan of books, beats, babies, Brooklyn. Check out my latest YA novel, When The Beat Drops, out now.

Last Name Baby Names

The 40 Least Obnoxious Last Names to Use as a First Name for Your Baby

Let’s face it: the last-name-as-first-name trend is here to stay. Just ask any Mason, Everly, or Jackson! Giving your child a traditional last name as their baby name can sound totally sleek and sophisticated—it’s why Madison was such a popular girl’s name a few years back. But it can also backfire badly, particularly when the name chosen has negative connotations (Nixon, anyone? Apparently, in Utah, yes.) Sometimes there are practical reasons for giving your baby a last name as his or her first name. If you don’t want to hyphenate, it can be a great way to pass on your maiden name without creating a total tongue-twister for your offspring’s future driver’s license. Or maybe there’s a mentor, friend, or public figure you want to honor, but their first name just doesn’t work for you. If you love their last name and want to make their legacy last, go for it! RELATED: The 28 Best Baby Names Inspired by Nature (That Aren’t *Too* Hippie) But sometimes, the last-name-as-first-name trend just goes too far. Bexley, for instance, is currently listed in Nameberry’s top 1,000 baby names, popular with parents who can’t decide between Kingsley, Paisley, and Becky… and decide to go …

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Best Nature Baby Names

The 28 Best Baby Names Inspired by Nature (That Aren’t *Too* Hippie)

Is there anything more beautiful than nature? Spending time outdoors can refresh, rejuvenate, heal, and inspire—and sometimes, it can even inspire some incredible baby names.  But when it comes to baby names from nature, there’s a fine line between evoking the great outdoors and sounding like you plan to raise your kids barefoot in a yurt. While natural-sounding baby names can range from classic to cool, there’s definitely such a thing as taking it too far. RELATED: The 21 Hottest Summer Baby Names “Tree,” for instance, sounds like you just looked out the window and named your kid after the first thing you saw. And a rainbow is undoubtedly beautiful, but as a name it kind of dooms her to a lifetime of underwater basket-weaving. Then there are natural baby names that can just be taken the wrong way. “Moonshine” is great when it refers to a lunar glow—but it can also make you sound like an Appalachian alcoholic. And Twilight would have been an awesome pick once, but there’s no separating it from angsty teen vampires now. That said, there are more amazing earth-loving baby names than bad ones. Check out our top picks below! Best Nature Baby Names …

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The Hottest Summer Baby Names

The 21 Hottest Summer Baby Names

When it comes to seasonal baby names, summer baby names are some of the best. There’s inspiration absolutely everywhere, from the warm weather to the plant and animal life all around to the names of the months themselves.

Unusual Baby Names - Daenerys Targaryen

5 Unusual Baby Names Your Kid Is Guaranteed to Hate

Fifi Trixiebell. Satchel. Blue Ivy. Kyd. Celebrities can get away with a lot, including picking unusual baby names that stray way left of traditional. And if celebrities can do it, so can we… right? Wrong. Just like wearing a hat on your hat, some things are best left to the tried-and-true paparazzi magnets, not those of us just trying to get every last spaghetti-crusted sippy cup into the dishwasher before bedtime. I’m not saying you shouldn’t name your kid something off-the-wall just because Beyoncé did. I mean, follow your dreams and all that. I just urge you to carefully consider the long-term ramifications for the actual living human being who is your child. RELATED: The Best Celebrity Baby Names of 2019 (So Far) You love your kids, right? And you want them to be happy? Of course you do! So please, for the sake of your future children, stop and think twice before choosing one of these 5 kinds of unusual baby names they’re basically guaranteed to hate. The Syllable-Heavy Last Name as First Name via GIPHY There’s been a recent trend of baby names that would be more at home as the surname for a British viscount: think Hunter, …

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