Category: creative baby names

Invent-a-Baby-Name Challenge Champs!

Invent a name winner

By Abby Sandel and Linda Rosenkrantz


If we’ve ever had the slightest doubts about the creativity of the Nameberry community, they are hereby gone forever.

When we announced our latest Invent-a-Baby-Name challenge two weeks ago, we expected something like the healthy response we got last time—which was 222 entries.

This time we were overwhelmed by 590 separate responses. And since we generously invited you to not limit yourself to a single suggestion,  some of the comments packed with dozens of names, as you opened the floodgates to your inventive ideas, bringing the total number of names well into the several thousands. Our intrepid intern, Laura, counted 5,665 separate entries!

After painstakingly (and exhaustedly) considering every single name, we soon realized that it would be almost impossible to narrow down the winner to just one name.

And so we have broken it down into seven of the most highly represented categories—after realizing that inventing a name doesn’t have to mean completely creating one out of whole cloth, but could also include transforming words and surnames and place names that haven’t been used for real-life kids before into viable baby names. In fact, one of our prime criteria was wearability–could we see this name actually being used?

The overall winner for 2016 is at the very bottom of the post, but first, let’s look at some of the best invented names entered this year, with the favorite name in each category in boldface type!

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Creative Baby Names: Then and Now

creative baby names

By Abby Sandel

Last week, Nameberry’s story on Crazy Baby Names was everywhere. Because outrageous baby names never get old, and it’s kind of mind-boggling to imagine introducing your kids, Royaltee and Ruckus.

Except that this is a very old trend. There have always been creative namers.

We recognize choices like Nevaeh and Messiah, Brynlee and Blaze as novelties of our time, but it’s difficult to know how to think about the rarities of an earlier age. Back in 1913, Exie, Vada, and Coy were in the US Top 1000. Are they vintage gems, or the Jayden and Kaylee of another age – or both?

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invented baby names

By Pamela Redmond Satran

Last week we challenged you to invent a great baby name. You took us up on it….and how! Over 200 entries later, Linda and I along with Nameberry’s senior editor and writer Abby Sandel made our individual lists of favorites.

There were only a handful of names on all three of our lists – and our two winners were chosen from those names that won unanimous approval. But before we get to those, let’s look at the long list of names we liked and the categories that sparked the best inventions.

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Invent a Name Contest!

invented baby names

People invent new names all the time, so why not you?

Surely you can do better than Hatice or Loganne, Zake or Zyree, all genuine invented names found on the 2013 U.S. official baby name list.

To motivate you further, we are offering a complete library of our ebooks to the inventor of the name we deem the best.  And by best we mean the most attractive, most theoretically usable, most inspired, and one we like the most.

Your invented name can be a combination of two (or more) existing names, a word turned into a name, or a confection spun from the ether.

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artist surnames

Today being the birthday of Claude Monet—not only a great Impressionist painter, but the inspiration for a number of baby girls named Monet— we thought it the perfect moment to peruse the art world—past and present– for some other creative surname possibilities.

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