5 Sites for Finding 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 ZsaZsa 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

QuickBabyNames.com — A searchable database of over 20,000 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.

Nameberry.com — An expert baby names resource, with thousands of baby names and unique lists of names, a vibrant community, and fresh content daily – all designed to help you find baby names you love.

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.)