Category: nameberry contest
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!
Thanks to all of you for entering the Nameberry Mother’s Day Contest. Now that the SSA lists are in, we are able to declare the winners–which turned out to be more complicated than we expected. Largely due to Emma jumping into first place–and not Isabella, which most of you predicted– and the surprise appearance of wild-card Chloe at #10, no one was able to come up with a perfect list.
In fact, very few of you made the Emma- Jacob combo your top picks. The two entrants who did (and are coincidentally evidence of the wide range of the nameberry world), and who also successfully predicted a large proportion of the other Top 20 names are:
The winners get an advance copy of our brand-new book, Beyond Ava & Aiden, along with signed copies of three other name guides. Runners-up are the five perceptive people who picked 18 of the 20 top names (though not necessarily in the proper order)–their names will be posted shortly.
Wondering what the most common sticking points were? On the girls’ list, it was including Addison, Hannah, Madeline, Lily, and/or Grace; and for the boys, Noah, Andrew, and triplets Aiden, Brayden, and Jayden.
But if we want to affirm our baby naming acumen: in last week’s poll, 71% correctly predicted that Jacob would stay on top and Emily would not.
And in the unlikely event that you somehow missed the official list, here are the Top Ten for each sex:
Our friends over at The Cradle, a fresh, stylish resource for expectant and new moms, are running a 26-day giveaway. Through May 15th, every new Cradle member is entered to win the grand prize package of a Micralite Toro Stroller and a lillebaby EveryWear Carrier. Plus, each day, The Cradle is giving away daily prizes that include:
• Gift certificate for Vincent Shoes
• Maelee diaper bag
• Half hour consultation with The Baby Planners
• Roundhouse baby carrier
• Babytime Bags hospital bag
To enter the daily sweepstakes and be eligible for the grand prize drawing, join The Cradle (it’s free) and enter the promotional code “DailyPrize” .
Members of The Cradle have access to the site’s many great features, including message boards, a weekly pregnancy calendar, a birthday calendar that helps you keep track of what you need to be doing throughout your pregnancy, plus baby gear deals and discounts.
Cradle members can also create free pregnancy web pages, send out e-birth announcements, and join or start online groups with other expectant and new moms.
Plus The Cradle’s excellent baby name database is built from our book The Baby Name Bible: check it out for a different way to search for and rate your favorite names.
For more information and to take a peek at the daily prizes, visit The Cradle’s membership giveaway page.
REMINDER: If you haven’t done so already (only one entry per person), don’t forget to enter Nameberry’s Mother’s Day Contest. Send your choices for the Top 10 Girls and Top 10 Boys names of 2008 to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 7th. First entrant to get both lists right will win autographed copies of four Rosenkrantz-Satran name books–including an advance copy of the not-yet-published Beyond Ava & Aiden.
Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and to baby name fanatics that means one thing beyond cards and flowers: that the release date of the latest figures from the Social Security Administration is only a few weeks away. We’ll soon know whether or not Emily and Jacob have finally been overtaken for first place and which names have made the biggest leaps and suffered the greatest drops. Will some of the Classic Boys be replaced by newer choices? Who will win the Ava-Isabella-Olivia-Sophia race?
Nameberry’s First Mother’s Day Contest wants to know what you think. Send your rankings for the Top Ten Girls and Top Ten Boys to email@example.com, and the first person to get it right will be rewarded with a quartet of personally signed book prizes, including an advance copy of our newest, not-yet-published BEYOND AVA & AIDEN.
Just to remind you of last year’s top names:
2. ISABELLA…… MICHAEL
3. EMMA………. ETHAN
4. AVA…………. JOSHUA
5. MADISON…… DANIEL
6. SOPHIA……… CHRISTOPHER
10. ELIZABETH…. ANDREW
First and foremost, the winner will get the very first look–six weeks ahead of publication–of BEYOND AVA & AIDEN: THE ENLIGHTENED GUIDE TO NAMING YOUR BABY, with our latest assessments of what’s hot, what’s cool, and what’s new for the coming years, with all-new, up-to-date lists and trends, personally signed by both Pam and Linda.
In addition, you will receive autographed editions of three of our classics:
THE BABY NAME BIBLE
COOL NAMES FOR BABIES
COOL IRISH NAMES FOR BABIES
Only one entry per contestant. Contest closes at midnight PST on May 7, 2009. Winner must list the 2008 U.S. Top Ten Girls’ Names AND the Top Ten Boys’ Names in the correct order, according to the Social Security Administration list. If no one guesses the correct order, Pam and Linda will choose a winner from the entires that come closest. Nameberry reserves the right to announce the name of the winner.
So enter today—and good luck!!