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baby name decisions

We were intrigued by the question posed on the forums by jackal, who loves the name Ingimar, well-known in her native Iceland, but wonders whether she should give her son-to-be a name that travels more easily, like Robert or Matthias.

Jackal’s question came down to head vs. heart: Which is the best way, the right way to choose a baby name?

Of course, if your heart and head align in your name decision, that’s the ideal.  But often the name we love, the name we want in our gut has some issue: it’s hard to pronounce or it doesn’t work with our surname or our partner doesn’t like it or we fell in love with it long ago but it’s since gotten too popular.

And then our head steps in, proposing the name that flows better, or the name that is immune from teasing, or the name that honors your beloved grandpa even though, ouch, Floyd

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brother names

One of our favorite fantasies here on Nameberry is to name imaginary families.  Today’s challenge: Tell us what names you’d choose for two brothers.

A classic pair like Henry and William?  Or a stylish duo such as Sebastian and Jasper?

Two boys’ names with matching initials?  Traditional family names, or maybe a modern androgynous pair?

And how do your feelings about raising boys and boy name trends today factor into your decision?

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pet names

There’s less and less difference between pet names and baby names.

The most popular puppy names of 2013, according to the website Vetstreet, include a lot of names trendy for babies: Bella, Daisy, and Sadie for females; Max, Cooper, and Jack for males.  Kitten names are also trending increasingly toward the human: Chloe and Nala, Oliver and Charlie.

All kinds of pets from hamsters to goldfish are more likely to be called by baby names these days than by a moniker like Fluffy or Fido.

And then there are the names formerly reserved for pets that are starting to be heard more and more on human babies: Bear and Coco, Bandit and Buster and Bo.

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Name Your Girl-Boy Twins!

twin names

The Top Ten names for girl and boy twins all have matching first initials. They are:

  1. Madison and Mason
  2. Emma and Ethan
  3. Taylor and Tyler
  4. Madison and Michael
  5. Jayda and Jayden
  6. Madison and Matthew
  7. Sophia and Samuel
  8. Addison and Aiden
  9. Olivia and Owen
  10. Zoe and Zachary

While we don’t advocate matches as close as Taylor and Tyler or Jayda and Jayden, choosing compatible but distinct names that start with the same first letter, such as Sophia and Samuel or Zoe and Zachary, can be one good way to draw girl-boy twins closer together.

So our challenge to you today is to name your own girl and boy twins with the same first initial.

As always, we love hearing the reasons behind your pick.  And if you want to name more than one set of twins, by all means, name away!

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Nominate the Best User Lists!

best user list

If you’ve spent any time on Nameberry, you’ve probably discovered our thousands of lists created by our users — nearly 12,000 public lists, and over 60,000 if you count the private ones!

We feature one of these user lists every day on the site, to help people discover the best lists created by Nameberry visitors and to help spotlight all our creative berries.  These user lists cover every topic imaginable, ranging from lots devoted to Favorite Names or Baby Name Ideas to such arcane topics as Names for Steampunk Aristocracy or Sky Gods and Goddesses of Greek Mythology. 

And now we’re looking for more wonderful user-created lists to spotlight. So please nominate your favorites for more attention, whether you created them yourself or discover them in our archives.

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