Category: Names

Victoria Moran pictured here accompanying an interview on Namely Marly

Interview: Victoria Moran

The latest guest in my Namely Marly Podcast interviews is Victoria Moran. Victoria is a life coach, whole living health consultant, worldwide speaker and author of over 10 books, some of which have landed her on the Oprah Show. Today Victoria is speaking with me about how to stay motivated with those pesky New Year’s Goals, and a little about names as well.

I Am Sabrina

My name feels just right to me. But I came close to being called something entirely different. My parents met in The Haight Ashbury in 1968. My dad was a music producer and club owner. My mom was a flower child. Five years later, when they were choosing names, one of their top choices was willow summer Marie. To know me is to know that I am not a Willow Summer Marie. I’m so grateful my grandmother had a good, strong hand in changing their minds.

I am Sabrina.

The latest name interview for Namely Marly is Melanie Notkin, the Savvy Auntie.

Melanie Notkin

Today’s guest is Melanie Notkin, America’s premier Savvy Auntie and the founder of the award winning website Savvy Auntie. I spoke with Melanie recently about her name, names for the respected women in our lives (aunts), and her exciting work that has resulted in both an award winning website and a bestselling book. Read the full article for your chance to win a free copy of her book!

An interview with Julie Deily of the Little Kitchen.


Most everyone I meet has a story (or two) about their name. Even a name we think of as fairly common can leave its bearer with moving stories.

Case in point. When I met Julie, I didn’t know there was an inspiring story lurking behind what seemed to be a fairly common name. But sometimes the best name stories can come from the least expected places. Join me and learn more about the energetic, motivational, and beloved Julie Deily, the mastermind behind the site The Little Kitchen.

Alexis Miesen, co-founder of Blue Marble Ice Cream.

Name Interview: Alexis Miesen

A big priority for many parents is finding a name that can’t be reduced to any kind of negative diminutive. You know like, Willy from William. I thought about that when I began my interview with Alexis Miesen, co-proprietress of Blue Marble Ice Cream. You wouldn’t think that the name Alexis could have any bad nicknames attached to it. I soon learned I was wrong.

Marly's latest interview for the Name Project, Irvin Lin from the popular food blog Eat the Love.


I met Irvin Lin at the 2011 BlogHer Food conference and it didn’t take long until we landed on the topic of names. Like so many people I meet, Irvin had an interesting story (or two) to share about his name so our discussion quickly evolved into an official Name Project interview. Come to find out, Irvin is quite the compelling name. At least that’s what Roy Feinson says about people with the name Irvin. I think our Irvin Lin is the picture of compelling. Check out the full post to learn more!

An interview with Merry-Jennifer of the Merry Gourmet.

Merry Jennifer

Some names are just bursting with a story. Of course, that’s how I feel about all names – ripe with tales of spelling, ancestry, or selection. Or sometimes all of the above.

Today on The Name Project, I highlight an interview with Merry-Jennifer. Intriguing, don’t you think? Learn more about this fascinating name and the wonderful woman who bares it and become inspired!

I recently interviewed Sommer Collier of A Spicy Perspective about her unique name.

Sommer Solstice

This week we celebrated Summer Solstice, the “longest” day of the year. Or the shortest night. Either way, it means lots of fun in the sun.

The timing couldn’t be better because today’s name interview fits in perfectly with this theme. I met Sommer Collier recently and couldn’t resist the opportunity to talk to her about her name. Not only is it a unique name, but it also boasts an unusual spelling. Pronounced like the sunny season we’re in, Sommer is a name that imbues passion both in the sound and its intrinsic meaning.