Choosing a Name for Your Baby

If your last name is Budd or Banks, you may not want to name your child Rose or Robin. For assistance in naming your new arrival, be sure to check out our handy baby name resources.

Government and State Resources

  • Social Security Administration
    Do you want your child’s name to be easily recognizable, or would you rather have them be the only Zsa Zsa in their class? The SSA provides statistical information regarding the most popular baby names in the United States throughout the past century. You can view a listing of the current top ten baby names in the United States, or obtain lists of a name’s popularity by birth year, decade, and state.

For-Profit Organizations

    Here you'll find over 20,000 searchable baby names and their meanings, with popularity charts based on US statistics, and a nifty little name "filter" that makes choosing a baby name a whole lot easier.

    A fantastic resource to help you find the perfect name for your baby. Great tools that make searching for your baby's name much easier. Choose from thousands of existing names or new ones added by visitors every day!
  • The Baby Name Wizard
    The Baby Name Wizard is a blog containing a wealth of helpful information about past and present baby name trends. The Baby Name Wizard is maintained by iVillage, the #1 online community for women, and is updated several times a week with new baby name suggestions.
  • BabyCenter
    BabyCenter is “the leading destination on the Internet for new and expectant parents.” This helpful site allows you to enter a name to find its meaning, or, conversely, enter a meaning to find a corresponding name. You can also search BabyCenter’s database of over 5,000 baby names by origin, first or last letter, and number of syllables.
  • The Baby Name Genie
    Wish that you could simply rub a lamp and release the perfect baby name? With a click of your mouse, this online “genie” will generate first and middle names to go with your last name and baby’s gender. (Note: whether or not you agree with the genie’s pronouncements is entirely up to you.)