Before my son was born, my husband and I each came up with a list of possible first and middle names. On a long flight, mid-pregnancy, we pulled them out and started negotiating. We agreed that we…each got one undisputed veto, but everything else was up for debate. Before we even started, I knew that my husband wanted to name him Michael, after his own late father. But there were two reasons I fended this off. One, I thought it was too common — I didn’t want him to spend his… >> Read More
Stephanie Wittels Wachs' powerful memoir Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love and Loss — about the death of her comedian brother, Harris Wittels, of…Parks and Recreation fame — ends on hopeful note: "Mike [my husband] and I are trying to have another baby. There's nothing more hopeful than that, right? When it happens, if it happens, we will name the baby after the boy who hung the moon: Harris." Last month, when Kveller spoke with a very pregnant… >> Read More
Once again, it's that time of the year! The Social Security Administration just released the most popular baby names of 2017.
Many of the top names seem very much inspired by today's celebrity…culture, including the number-one girls' name, Emma, possibly after Oscar-winning actress Emma Stone. Also super popular: Ava, after famous movie director Ava Duvarnay (Selma and A Wrinke in Time) and the top boys' name, Liam, which, as Time posits, could be after either the One Direction singer Liam Payne, actor Liam Neeson, or actor and… >> Read More
Now that it's almost officially fall (technically it's still summer until September 21), I began to think about Jewish baby names that correspond to the fall season--which is one of endings and new…beginnings. If you're expecting your bundle of joy around the fall, consider one of these beautiful names--or just finding inspiration (which you can find more of at our name bank). Here are some of my favorites below: 1. Chava. Chava is a girl's name in Hebrew that means "living." It is the Hebrew version of Eve,… >> Read More
Apparently, Ashton Kutcher just learned a life lesson. The lesson being, of course, to listen to his wife Mila Kunis more. Kutcher, who was recently on Ellen DeGeneres' show last week, opened up…about how Kunis is basically always right. And he learned this the hard way. So, what made Kutcher realize this? Trump and their son's name. According to Kutcher, she simply turned to him one day before the election and said: "'So I think Donald Trump is going to become the president, and I think our… >> Read More