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Nominate the Best User Lists!

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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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What would you rename yourself, and why?

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We’ve asked this question before, but it’s a perennially fascinating one for name lovers: What new name would you give yourself, if you could start fresh with none of the attendant problems of name-changing?

What name do you think reflects the real you, given that you get to pick based on your actual fully-formed self, which is very different from naming a baby?

How does your name taste vary from that of your parents, and how do the changes in current styles and values influence your decision?  Do you want a name that’s more unusual or easier to understand, stronger or softer, cooler or more straightforward than the one you got when you were born?

And is the name you’d choose for yourself the name you like best, or do other factors play into your decision — and if so, what are they?

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confused baby

Basil.

Elisabeth.

Giles.

Those are a few that perennially befuddle us. Even when we know how to pronounce them, we forget, or we encounter someone who pronounces them the other way.

Which name pronunciations are you unsure of? Either because the spellings are confusing, or because they’re pronounced different ways by different people, or because the pronunciations are counterintuitive, or you’re not familiar with their native cultures…..or, whyever.

We’ll try to help identify the correct pronunciations, and if we’re not sure, we can help each other!

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Unusual Baby Names: What’s your favorite?

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I was looking at the names similar to Pixie the other day — y’know, just to pass the time — and I thought: Wow, there’s an unusual collection of names.  From Alala to Kitto, Spartacus to Whimsy, there wasn’t a common name in the bunch.

Which got me thinking about how most people say they like unusual names, but do they really?  Which unusual, unique, rare, uncommon baby names would people say they liked best?

Which led me, of course, to this Question of the Week.

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unisex names

A lot of people complain about unisex names.

Names like Riley and Rory, they say — never mind Maxwell or James — should never be used for girls.  Those are boys’ names, and should stay on the boys’ side of the fence.

And then there are those people who campaign for names such as Ashley and Evelyn to be repossessed by the boys from the girls.

Other says that word names and place names such as Halcyon and Havana have no intrinsic gender and so are equally appropriate for girls and boys.

We’d like to spin this controversy to a more positive place and ask which names you think truly work best for both genders.  Please name names and let us know why you think  your choices go both ways with the most grace.

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