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19 Signs You’re Obsessive About Names

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By Pamela Redmond Satran

Here at Nameberry, we know a lot about name obsession: We’ve been pretty obsessive about the subject ourselves for as long as we can remember.  And one of the great things about running this site is that it’s introduced us to a lot of fellow obsessive name people.  Maybe you’re one of them?

Here, 19 signs:

1. You’ve memorized the Social Security Top 1000 names.  And you’re fully prepared to take the quiz.

2.  American baby name books weren’t enough for you, so you’ve also amassed a collection of British, Australian, French, Dutch, Portuguese, and one Japanese baby name book.  In Japanese.

3. You’ve made a spreadsheet to analyze the results of your online baby name polls.

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By Pamela Redmond Satran

Nickname-names still appear on birth certificates.  In the U.S., such names as Ellie, Abby, and Charlie for girls; Jake, Jack, and Johnny for boys all rank high.  In the U.K., nickname-names are even more fashionable, with Evie, Maisie, Millie, and Ellie in the Top 35 for girls, and Jack, Charlie, and Alfie in the boys’ Top 10.

But there are generations of nickname-names that have fallen off the Top 1000, yet sound cute and baby-ready today.  The list here is drawn from names that were on the Social Security roster on their own in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but fell off by the early 1970s (the date of their last listing follows the name) and haven’t yet reappeared.

Whether you choose to use Bea or Mamie, Clem or Zeb as full names or as diminutives for Beatrice or Marietta, Clement or Zebediah, any of these nickname-names would make charming choices.

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By Pamela Redmond Satran

We like to think the names we choose will help determine the people our children grow up to be.  Serious, classic names create serious, classic (and classy) people; gorgeous names breed future stunners; and cool names will make your kid cool.

And sure, it works out like that sometimes.  From Beyonce to Leonardo Di Caprio, there are lots of examples of cool people with cool names.

But sometimes people transcend the image of their names, like the 25 folks here who are undeniably cool yet have names that are pretty much not.

  1. Allen Ginsberg
  2. Armie Hammer
  3. Bruce Springsteen

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By Pamela Redmond Satran

How will you know when you’ve found the right name for your baby?  You’ll just know, some might say — but you might know that you know for sure if you experience one of the following 19 signs.

1.  Without even trying, you find yourself calling the baby by one of its nicknames.

2.  You doodle it in different handwritings on your notebook, just like you did the name of your first crush when you were 13.

3.  You suggest it to your partner and he or she can’t even think of one solid objection.

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14 Signs Your Name Might Be Jennifer

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By Pamela Redmond Satran

Jennifer was the Number 1 girls’ name in the U.S. from 1970 until 1984, given during that time to nearly a million little girls. Today, that legion of little Jennifers have grown up to be  moms — and executives, artists, athletes, and movie stars. Here, 14 signs that you might be one of the Jennifers now ruling the world.

1. You’re still stinging from the gym teacher who called you Klutzy Jen, to distinguish you from Blond Jen, Tall Jen, and Fast Jen.

2. You don’t even turn around when someone calls your name unless they add your last name.  Or call you Klutzy Jen.

3. You call yourself JSat.  Hey, if it works for JLo and JLaw….

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