Welcome to Ipseity, the baby name consultant service of Hannah B. Emery, PhD.

Ipseity means “selfhood” or “identity,” and that is the goal of all of Hannah’s consults: to help families narrow down their choices so they can better find the perfect name for their child. As a sociologist, Hannah has spent most of the last decade studying names and naming; as a parent, she knows how agonizing it can feel trying to find “just the right name.” She is here to help.

Since launching Ipseity, Hannah has worked with families from all around the US and with a range of backgrounds and reasons for seeking help. Some families are looking for names that bridge very different linguistic or religious backgrounds; some are trying to find a name that honors relatives while still feeling unique for their child. Some are struggling to find a name for a second baby that’s as meaningful as the one they gave their first. Regardless of their specific circumstances, families consistently remark on how insightful and personalized Hannah’s work is, as well as how much fun they have reading her suggestions and analysis.

QUARANTINE SPECIALposted Apr 3, 2020
For the next few months, Hannah is offering FREE email consults to expectant families, to provide support and maybe a little fun in this stressful time. Contact her directly for details.

Find more information about pricing and other types of available consults here!

California Parents: Click here to read about the special regional data Hannah has available just for you!


Picking a name wasn’t a gut decision for us, and we felt overwhelmed by all our choices. Hannah’s insightful consultation helped us pinpoint why we liked and didn’t like the names we did!


As a bit of a name nerd myself, I thought Hannah’s consult would be fun and informative – what I didn’t expect was that her insights would change the way we were thinking about names for our little one, or that we might need to have another kid if we want to use these ideas… I can wholeheartedly recommend Ipseity, but proceed with caution lest you end up with more names than you have babies for!