Category: Questions of the Week

Invent a Name Contest, 2016 Edition!

Inventing name contest

Way back in February 2015, we challenged readers to invent new names.

After all, everyone is doing it. In 2015, babies born in the US were named Summerlyn and Symphanie, Caylor and Zaylor, Baxton and Bellany.

But berries have a knack for better namecraft.

Dozens of amazing possibilities were submitted during our last round. We narrowed the finalists to a single blog post of amazing, never before heard names and crowned the victors!

It’s time for another edition of the Invent a Name contest. The rules remain the same. You can:

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baby names announcement

By Abby Sandel

Reality star Maci Bookout isn’t due for a few more weeks, but she’s already shared her son’s name with the world. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen dropped hints, but didn’t reveal their pick until the day their daughter arrived. And Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden stuck to tradition, waiting for King Carl to announce the name during an official government cabinet meeting a few days after the little prince’s birth.

There’s no rule about when to announce your baby name, but there are plenty of opinions. Do you announce early, to ensure that your pregnant sister-in-law doesn’t choose the same name? Or do you keep it top secret, to prevent unwanted feedback?

Whether you’re a reality star, a royal, or just a parent after a great name for the next generation, there are nine possible moments to share your child’s name.

The options:

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Rename Your Family!

family names

Some of us think about renaming our babies.  We may also fantasize about renaming ourselves.  And pets — well, yesterday’s Tuffy could easily morph into tomorrow’s Toto.

So why not indulge our name-changing fantasies, if only here on Nameberry?  Here’s your chance to rename your entire family — you, your partner if you have one, your children, your parents and/or your siblings, even the goldfish if you’re so inclined.  Define who’s included in your family however you wish.

The rules: In the interest of sanity, the new names need to start with the same letter as each person’s old name.  And you have to change everyone’s names, even if you think they were perfect to begin with!

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How Popular Is Too Popular?

popular baby names

We spied this question in the forums and thought it was so good we’d ask the Nameberry community at large:

How popular is a name before it gets too popular for you?

Would you avoid the Top 10? The Top 100? The Top 1000?

Or maybe you’d happily choose the Number 1 name if you loved it enough. Or only want names that nobody else, literally, is using.

When it comes to baby names, how popular is too popular for you?

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Baby Jr.?

baby junior

We’ve (thankfully) moved beyond the days when it seemed like nearly every first son was named after his dad — and if he wasn’t everybody wondered what was wrong.

Today family names are still favored, but many parents are more likely to honor a grandparent or spin mom’s maiden name into a first than to name the baby after themselves.

Would you, did you, name your baby after yourself? Or did you maybe use some version of your name in your child’s name? Maybe you have a family name as part of your own that you passed on to your child?

If you did name your baby after yourself, or if you’re named after a parent, how do you keep the names from getting confused?

Or perhaps you’re a junior who would never foist your own name on a baby.

Tell us your experience with and your feelings about Baby, Jr.

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