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Rate Your Own Name

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How much do you like your own name?

Quantitatively, we mean.  On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest of the low (in my book, Ethelbert) and 10 being the most wonderful gorgeous amazing name in the universe, what number do you give your own name?

As baby namers and name afficionados, it’s intrinsically interesting to analyze our own names. Rating your own name can also help you think about what qualities you want in a name for your child.  And reading how other people feel about their names over time can help you make a better informed choice of a name for your baby.

I’d rate my own name, Pamela, maybe a 6, but Pam only a 4.5.  Pamela is pretty and has literary credibility, I think, though I’ve always found it a bit prissy and precious for use in everyday life. Pam is definitely friendlier, but also plain vanilla and time-stamped to the middle of the last century, when Pamela and its down-to-earth nickname were in the Top 20 for girls’ names.

Your turn!

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What name deserves more love?

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It was the headline that caught our eye:

I think that Paul has been ignored long enough!, wrote our longtime friend and berry Rollo on the message boards.

Rollo goes on to make the case for Paul‘s wonderfulness, which made us wonder which other now-dormant or widely-ignored names people might champion for greater attention.

What one name would you singlehandedly and magically bring back (or introduce to the wider world, if it’s a new name), if you could?

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Nominate your favorite and win!

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You may have noticed an updated and improved feature on Nameberry recently: Most name pages now include a list of other suggested names.

If you like the unusual Welsh name Cadogan, for instance, you might also like Harrington, Lanier, and Adonis (really?) for boys, and Arianwen and Delancey for girls.

Or at least, according to millions of name ratings, other people who liked Cadogan also liked Harrington and Arianwen and the others.

I’ve become, okay, kind of obsessed with these name relationships, partly because they seem uncannily accurate and partly because they can be so surprising.  Clicking through on a trail of names I like, I’ve discovered lots of new selections that I also like but may not have considered before.

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My friend Kim loved the name Cordelia.  This was in my pre-Nameberry days, and Cordelia‘s been off the Top 1000 since 1950: It certainly wasn’t a name that it occurred to me to love.

Still…..Cordelia.  The more I thought about it, the more I loved Cordelia.  Thanks, Kim, for the tip.

I might have liked Cordelia had I found it in a book or met someone with that name, but I believe my friend Kim‘s love for the name made me love it more.  I admire Kim‘s taste in all things, from clothes to home decor to art.  So if she loved Cordelia, I gave it more credibility as a wonderful, undiscovered name.

Other friends have influenced me to love the names Eliza and Daisy, affection I’ve passed on to the visitors of Nameberry and undoubtedly to more than a few baby girls.

What name have you come to love because a friend loved it….or even a virtual Nameberry friend?

Or maybe you read about a name here or on another blog or site and that made you fall in love….

What name did someone else make you love, who made you love it, and why?

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For our new book, we winnowed the 20,000 boys’ names on Nameberry down to our picks for the very best: the most stylish classic names, the fashionable choices that transcend trends, the most usable unusual names.

It was a difficult task, but now we’re asking you to choose the best of the best.

What’s your nomination for the very best boys’ name of them all?

The name that’s got everything good going for it — all advantages, no downside.

If there even is such a beast.

Let’s collect the best of the best boys’ names.

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