Category: crowd-sourced baby name blog
A lot of the discussions about sibling names on the nameberry message boards come down to one question: Does flow matter?
To some parents, flow seems to be the most important quality, and any names of little brothers and sisters have to “flow” — be perfectly compatible in sound and feel — from the names that came before.
Some passionate berries, as nameberry aficionados have come to be called, talk about sibsets: groups of sibling names high on flow.
To others, flow and sibsets matter less….or not at all.
What’s YOUR feeling about sibling names? How much does flow matter? Did you think about sibsets when choosing names?
And what, in your opinion, are some of the best and worst sibling names you’ve ever heard? Tell all!
Changing your name is many a name nerd’s ultimate fantasy (right up there with naming a dozen children, including two sets of twins.) What name would you choose, if you could choose anything? And why?
I first considered seriously the whole issue of changing your name at a large, riotous dinner with all my college friends, when the first among us announced she was expecting a baby.
We threw out the usual compliment of ridiculous baby names for her consideration, and then started talking about how we felt about our own names.
It’s time, then, to take matters into my own hands and choose a name for myself. I think, if I had to pick this very minute, I’d become Eliza Bridget Redmond. Eliza because it’s been long and is still my favorite name, modern and classic at the same time; Bridget because it was my beloved grandmother’s name, and one she felt she had to hide when she immigrated to the U.S. as it had become an Irish joke; and Redmond, because, as much as I love my husband and even love his name, I wish I’d never given up my original surname!
If you were changing your name today, if you could wave a magic wand and have total control, what would you choose? And why?
It started, as so many good things do, on the nameberry message boards: I love the name Maggie, the poster wrote, but notsomuch Margaret. What are some more original baby names that will get me to Maggie?
Then the suggestions got even more inventive. Magenta. Magalin or Magaly.
Which gave us an idea, not for yet another way to get to Maggie, but for a new way to create a nameberry blog. What if we pose a challenge — Inventive ways to get to a popular nickname, say — and then turn the solutions over to the nameberry community?
Here’s how it will work. Cite the popular nickname you’re starting with: Annie, say, or Jack. Then, with a nod to the usual ways to get there — Anne and John — move on to the most comprehensive and inventive list of proper names you can think of that might theoretically lead you to your nickname of choice. You’re allowed to build on somebody else’s list of original baby names, but we encourage you to start your own.
And while of course you can do more than one, try and leave some good popular nicknames for the other players. The more people who join in, the more interesting this will be.
Ready, set, blog!