So Much In A Name

by Jeremy Schoemaker on July 5, 2008 · 80 comments

So getting closer to naming our new baby. So much in a name. We have limited ourselves to female J names and there are not many options. We want to have a name that is nice and cute for a little girl but at the same time we do not want to cripple her later in life with a name that will leave her never being taken seriously professionally.

Its almost like picking a domain name. Often times early its attractive to pick a name that is catchy and cute but later as the site grows it can come back to haunt you. For instance when I started NextPimp (pimp out your nextel phone) I had no idea it would become what it has. I can’t tell you how many times I have sat down with executives or financial companies and explained what NextPimp is pretty much embarrassed that I picked that domain to start with.

So much in a name….

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1 Fredto

I suppose you have explored the “standard” names? Janet, Janice, Jinny, Johanna, etc…?

Maybe you should try looking into J names from other countries, like Jasmina, for example.

2 prast

I suggest to same like #1, using standard name and add special/unique name.

3 john

Jessica and Jennifer is a middle income white girl name so you could be normal.
Jasmine is mostly lower income white girls, 11 grades of schooling etc.
Mix it up J’s are not as popular anymore, try grace, ansley, or ellla. Those or predicted to be upper class names.

4 Peter

Jean is good name

5 Krsto

:) This is so funny. I think you should wait for the baby to grow, and ask her what name would she like. If only things were that way…
Seriously, I think Jessica is a good solution, as of for my country, the most common J names are Jelena and Jovana. Jelena is a very nice name, but I don’t know how do people over there like it.

6 Start Blogging

You would compare picking a baby name to picking a domain name! :P

7 EntreBlast

Congrats again! The first J name that comes to my mind is ‘Jenna’. Or how about Jackie/Jaclyn?

8 Rooket Media

I’d suggest that you keep it simple with the first name and leave the creativity to the middle name this way she isn’t crippled in years to come. Congratulations and best of luck!

9 Ian Robertson

I like Jasmine for a girly “J” name.
Jade(n) is also pretty

10 Think Like An SOB

Get a copy of Freakonomics and you will get an idea what to name your daughter.

11 Josh

I would recommend: “Jolene” as a girl’s name starting with a J.

12 Jagdeep

lol@ comparing baby names to domain names

anyhow, jessica sounds good

13 Joe

I like Jessica, but Jenna is good too.

It’s good to see people still use old school names. I don’t know why people think they need to make a statement about themselves by naming their kid Flower, Venus, or some other nutty thing.

14 browie

The wife says JENNA

15 Charlie

A 2nd girl… now you HAVE to make some shoemoney.
Naming it TOUGH… My wife and I were practically pulling our hair out to name our daughter. (We went with “Courtney”.)
You might want to consider “Jennifer” Its the name chosen by a lady who wrote a book “50,000 Names for your baby” or something like that. You can benefit from her research!
Then she could go by “Jenna” anyway.
Congrats on the new baby. It is an awesome feeling.

16 Dan

yea i mean if you want your daughter to be successful as an exotic dancer, definitely go with one of those…

17 Dave

Out of the options given so far, I’d say Jenna is by far and away the best. You could really expand your options by using other letters in the alphabet.

If that’s an option, I like Ava or Annie.

18 Eric

For heavens sake don’t pick a name with weird spelling, it’ll drive her nuts when she has to spell her name to everybody!

How about something nice and simple, like Kate or Elizabeth (beth or Liz).

19 Jenn

Jenna = porn star name
Jade = porn star name
Jezebel = obvious connotations

Stay away from “creative” spellings – there’s nothing lamer than having to explain to people that Qxugn is pronounced “Jennifer” or Asswipe is pronounced “Az-wee-pay.”

I like Johanna and Julianna.

20 matiasn

if you can afford the “cost” of a hispanic name… there are some great.
congrats !! im xpecting my second ( boy both ) and looking for nombres with M ( matias and melina , and the elder boy is called manuel ) ….

21 Tyler Ingram

My vote is still for Jenna!

22 Scorpiono


23 NoviceSEO

How about something a little different…….. possible Jerri…….. ambiguous name. Personally I like Julia.

24 Beau Fernald

If you haven’t already, check out this flash baby name wizard:

P.S. I’m not affiliated with it in any way.

25 Alex D.

How about Jocelyn?

26 logosamurai


27 Marc

What about Gemma. Spelled with a G but sounds like a J. The name of an old girlfriend of mine. I always liked the name. Very rare in the US but more popular in Europe.

28 stocks

Jennifer, jessica, Jane, the basics you know?

29 Nick

I was going to leave some suggestions, but it looks like most everything I have thought of has already been mentioned.

Did anyone mention Jamie?

30 Cannabis Junction


31 Michael Jensen

Jayla – we have a family down the street and their daughter has this name, it’s unique and yet seems like a very nice ordinary name.

32 Stockerati

Shoe, I like yours and John Chow’s blogs mainly for the bantering which goes on between you guys. As for me, I just started a financial and stock investment blog ( and your website has been inspirational and informational.

33 Stockerati

Good luck in your name hunt. FWIW, you are on my blog roll. dude. I agree a name makes a lot of difference. Infact i’d to wait for 6 months to get But it’s been worth the wait.

34 randfish

Mystery Guest and I recently became friends with a woman named Jori. It has all the attributes I like in a name – unique, but not completely unpronounceable or confusing, sweet, short, and reminiscent of intelligence and beauty without pretension.

35 Popular Wealth

Jana, Jenn, Jill, Joan, Juliet.

I like Jana, but those are some nice names (one of each… A, E, I, O, U)

36 scooby

Many will think this is a bit corny, but it’s just a suggestion..

What about JULY ?

(ps) My wife wanted my son’s name to be “Danger”, so we settled on Drew. lol

37 Medical videos

looks good

38 Medical videos

wiil be nice

39 dogboy

I think the choice is obvious. Name her “Jane Chow”

40 Merrick


41 feel reality

should’ve spent that time building a custom world press template

42 feel reality

That’s java… not flash.

43 feel reality

I’ve always liked the name Jewel.

44 Dena

Congrats on the new addition. Sometimes people pick names and when the baby comes the name doesn’t fit right, so you have to find what is right for her. I’m sure you will come up with just the right one.

45 DotDriven

Jeremy, I’ll let you borrow my planned girls name since I probably wont need it for a while at least ;).

Jocelyn – I just find it beautiful. And daddy could always call her jocy or joey (I always liked “boy” nicknames for girls for some reason).

46 Hos-To Affiliate Marketing Guides

That is so funny, I was just talking with my son about picking out names and how important it is to pick a name that is not going to cause the kid problems, especially at school, like out next door neighbor, whose a man and his name is DAWN

47 Paul

How about Jaid as a name?

48 TheDevastatingly Good-Looking Coroner

Yeah, I agree with dogboy. Name her Jane Chow…..heheh

49 Jack

How about ” Jacquelyn “. Has a lot of class, sounds faintly french. Jacquelyn Kenndy
was a cool lady. Good nick name of “Jackie ” will go well in a prep school and later in
Yale, Harvard, Princeton or Smith.

50 Winning Startups

Ever consider Valentina? I know you are going with J names and all but I would have named my daughter this had I heard the name prior to naming her.


Hey, I know a good girl name that starts with “J” ;-)
Congrats, btw!

52 jim


53 Shanker Bakshi

How About an Indian Name Starting with “J” – JYOTSNA ( Means Moon Light )

-Shanker Bakshi

54 Bubba

How about Janiqua?

55 Dogma


56 Cath Lawson

Congratulations Shoe – I’m glad you’re putting a lot of thought into the name and won’t be sending a poor little Janeypimp, or Jodypimp to school.

57 Ryan.

I’m relatively new to reading your blog, so I have a question you may have answered somewhere else. Is this your first child?

58 Motorcycle helmets

Congratulations Shoe – I like Janine. She was the hot chick at my high school.

59 Boah

Here is a list with Dutch female names starting with J.

60 Ken Savage

Shoe, maybe this post would help

domain name for your child

61 Gary


62 Beau Fernald

Oops! You’re right.

63 Zak Show

It’s Joslyn, The Best One !

64 Dick

There are some point that you should take in to account while giving a name to your baby: First, the first name should fit the last name and together they should sound nice. Second, you should think how the name would influence your babies life.  And at last, both parents should like it.

65 Eva White

I wonder what that means? does it have a family connection or is it something biblical?

66 Jokes

how about Miranda

67 Working Man Design

I like the comparison between naming your baby and picking a domain name. Funny.

68 Austin(Cowsgonemadd3)

Looks like he already has a name. Check the newest post guys.

69 Austin(Cowsgonemadd3)

Is he named after the soap? ha ha Yeah that is a girly name.

70 mak$ mon$y Onlin$

oh my god..your oldest daughter very cute =)
jessica ?

71 Geiger

You can have a lot of abbreviations with Joslyn!

72 Mayank Rocks

Jamie for a girl? hehehe

73 Mayank Rocks

How about Jenny?

74 Mayank Rocks

He said that name be from “J”. So Miranda fails :)

75 Mayank Rocks

I like the name Jean a lot too. I have an online friend named Jean. And I remember it from Xmen movie too. She was good looking in the movie, the lady who played character Jean :p

76 Mayank Rocks

I suggested a short form for Jennifer. Jenny :)

Nice name.

77 Richard Catto

I like French first names because they’re exotic and have a touch of sophistication about them.

I looked through a list of first names (beginning with J) over here.

Of the French first names listed there (and there are many other nationalities too), the one that I found most appealing was JOLEE., which means cheerful and pretty.

However, many French first names are double barrelled, so for a second name, I like ANGELIQUE which means like an angel.

So my suggestion for a name is JOLEE-ANGELIQUE.

This name also presents her with an incredible array of variations she (and you) can use as a nickname, some of which are: Jo, Jo-ann, Joey, Angi, JA.

78 RacerX

You picked a great name….Any relation of the name to all of the supported art in Omaha and Lincoln ala the Joslyn Art museum?

79 Godaddy Coupons and Promo Codes

Its a good name. Congrats on the baby

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