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!

Sonia is co-founder of and talked with me about her name.

Golden Sonia

My series, The Name Project, showcases excerpts of interviews with the people I meet. Names are my inspiration and I hope to share with you photographs of people and stories about their names. I titled this post Golden Sonia because it reflects what I see in the name. Wisdom. Beauty. Growth. It’s all good as gold. Join me in taking time getting to know a little more about Sonia.

Cooking with Michele author speaks to me about her name.


My series, The Name Project, are excerpts of brief interviews with people I meet. Names are my inspiration and I hope to share with you photographs of people and some fun and interesting stories about their names. The Name Project: Michele People with the name Michele are “so filled with goodwill that there’s more than enough to […]

A Word for Moms

Did you know the word for mom begins with an “M” in the majority of languages? There’s madre (Spanish), mère (French), mater (Latin), mama (Italian), mer (Vietnam), and mutter (German), to name just a few.

Whatever the foundations of the word itself, it’s also a name. And it’s one of the proudest and happiest names I have. From the moment I heard my daughter utter the first syllables remotely close to mama until today, I have been in love with the sound of it.

Andrea shares thoughts about her name on Namely Marly's The Name Project.

Andrea’s Art

My new series is called The Name Project, where I do in-person, brief interviews about peoples’ names along with my photograph of them. Names are my inspiration and I hope to share with you photographs of a variety of people and some fun stories about their names.

Today’s interview is with Andrea. Everyone should be so lucky to have an Andrea in their life, especially this one. She likes to call a spade a spade, so to speak, which is not an uncommon trait for people sharing this name. Roy Feinson says that Andrea’s, “consider themselves to be realists (rather than pessimists) who are simply being candid about the state of the world…they feel it is their duty to tell the truth.”

Andrea’s truth? Names just are what they are!

Name Interview: Julie Rudnick

In my name interview with Rory Freedman she said something I definitely agree with, “J” names are fascinating. There are actually very few words that begin with the letter J. Justice, joke, and jab are some. But names that begin with the letter “J” are fairly popular, especially in the Western world. According to Roy […]

Happy Name Day, Christos

I have a friend named Christos who recently celebrated his Name Day. European and Latin American countries actually have celebrations for names (I think I live in the wrong country!). In fact, some countries celebrate Name Days as much or more than Birthdays! Each country has a unique approach for designating and celebrating Name Days. […]

It’s time for a test. Can you figure out which of these ink blots is named Bouba and which one is named Kiki? I’ll give you some time to figure it out. OK. Time’s up. Do you have your answer? Well, 98% of people given this test (regardless of language or culture) identify the jagged […]