Category: baby name advice
For those of you who don’t check the Birth Announcements forum on our Message Boards or aren’t yet our friends on Facebook (tsk, tsk!), we thought we’d gather up the names of the newest babyberries here for all to see. These are all baby names of 2011—and the year isn’t even half over yet!
When Pam and I wrote our first name book back in the Era of Jennifer & Jason, it was filled with names we loved, many of which seemed quite outré to many people at that time. Milo? Felix? Lulu? Clementine? Araminta? Out of the question, we heard!
And so for us to look at a list like the one below is like a dream come true—a whole mini-universe populated by Barnabys and Beatrices, supported by such a strong community of wise and savvy advice-sharers—it all makes us feel like a pair of proud virtual godmamas.
Here they are, together with sibs and nicknames, when available:
The Nameberry Question of the Week: What is the best baby name advice you’ve been given–and where did it come from?
What was the advice and did/will you act on it?
Was it given by a friend or family member?
Did you read it in a book or magazine article?
Was it advice on a website–from a blog or from friends on a message board (nameberry’s, we hope!)?
Guest blogger Nina Badzin, a Pushcart Prize-nominated fiction writer, loves baby names so much she wants to pick one for you. Here, her story.
I’m obsessed with baby names. Freakishly obsessed. In fact, I’d like to name your baby.
Ask my friends. I’m breathlessly giddy when someone asks my opinion on a combination of first and middle names with the surname or the siblings’ names. My heart races just thinking about it.
Thank goodness I write fiction, which means I can legitimately waste time on baby-name sites when I’m creating characters. Although last year I actually published a story about a couple arguing in the hospital over what to name their third boy. I warned you–freakishly obsessed.
So . . . clearly I have a problem. But lucky for you, if you’re expanding your family or naming characters for stories and novels, I’m offering my collection of names as a good starting point.
The names below have stood the test of time. Whose test? MINE! Hey–it’s my blog post. What is the “test” based on? Gut feel. That’s all. I like a name or I don’t. But for the purposes of the list below, I tried to provide some sort of logical headings. It should be noted (because I want kudos for my restraint) that I can provide an even longer list of names I think you should avoid, but I’d rather not insult the blogosphere. At least not today.
Ever feel like you’re a baby name klutz and that there are other, infinitely smarter baby namers out there who do everything right and magically arrive at the perfect name with no fuss or wrong turns?
Not true. Here are the five most common mistakes even the smartest baby namers make.
1. They try to psych out the Social Security list.
There’s something about naming a baby that can inspire even the most math phobic among us to turn to the Social Security list of most popular names and try to deconstruct it with the precision of an actuary. But baby name ups and downs depend on much more than statistics, and you can drive yourself crazy trying to psych out the numbers in search of the name that’s unusual but not too weird, stylish but not in danger of getting overpopular.
How better to find names that achieve the golden mean? By consulting nameberry, of course.
2. They’re afraid to tell anyone their name ideas.
Many parents today keep their favorite names secret in fear of namenapping or harsh critiques, and that can be a smart thing in some cases. But it can also keep you from learning a name’s pitfalls, such as that nobody can understand what you’re saying unless you spell it, or that it’s prone to mispronunciation, or that there are three little girls with that name in the local nursery school.
A was the most popular first initial for girls’ names in 2009, the last year for which there are official US statistics, and the most popular first letter overall, with one in eight babies getting a name that starts with A.
Boys’ names were led by J names, starting with the Number 1 Jacob.
C or K? A lot of parents see these initials as interchangeable, with names from the classic (Cate or Kate) to the trendy (Kaylee or Caleigh) . And of course, international variations of certain names may make the first initial C in some cases — Christopher, for instance — but K is others, as with the Dutch or German Kristof.
Kids with names that start with D do worse in school than those whose start with A, B, and C, according to one study.