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Best of Our Best Baby Names

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We’re heading into the home stretch for taking advantage of our pay-what-you-want offer to access our big, juicy, comprehensive compendium of names for girls and boys, The Nameberry Guide to the Very Best Baby Names for a price you set yourself. Here are just a few examples of the varied kinds of names you’ll find among the 1200+ we’ve picked as the best on our site, from classic to the current.

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What’s your newest name love?

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There are names I loved when I was a kid: Sandy and Lisa, Michael and David (yes, really).

And then there were names I loved when I was naming my babies: Eliza and Henry, Ned and Daisy.

Now there are names that I’ve only come to love recently, for a range of reasons.  Leonora, for instance, and Ozias.  Raymond, and Rosamund.

What are your newfound baby name loves?

I mean names that you either didn’t like or that weren’t even on your radar before.  Names that sound better (much better) to you now than they used to, either because styles have changed or your tastes have.

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I love that name BUT….

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I love the name Sophia.

I love the sound, soft but strong, familiar yet exotic.  I love the meaning, “wisdom.”  I love the fact that famous Sophias include both an ancient goddess and a modern sex symbol.

But….

Sophia, the Number 1 girls’ name is just too dang popular.

What name do you love in every way, except for that big, fat but that would keep you from ever using it?

The otherwise-wonderful name’s fatal flaw may not be popularity but weirdness, pronunciation difficulties, or the fact that your sister just used it for her own child.  Or a thousand other issues, any of which we hope you’ll share with us.

So, what name do you love, BUT…..

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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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