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Nominate the Best User Lists!

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If you’ve spent any time on Nameberry, you’ve probably discovered our thousands of lists created by our users — nearly 12,000 public lists, and over 60,000 if you count the private ones!

We feature one of these user lists every day on the site, to help people discover the best lists created by Nameberry visitors and to help spotlight all our creative berries.  These user lists cover every topic imaginable, ranging from lots devoted to Favorite Names or Baby Name Ideas to such arcane topics as Names for Steampunk Aristocracy or Sky Gods and Goddesses of Greek Mythology. 

And now we’re looking for more wonderful user-created lists to spotlight. So please nominate your favorites for more attention, whether you created them yourself or discover them in our archives.

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Unusual Baby Names: What’s your favorite?

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I was looking at the names similar to Pixie the other day — y’know, just to pass the time — and I thought: Wow, there’s an unusual collection of names.  From Alala to Kitto, Spartacus to Whimsy, there wasn’t a common name in the bunch.

Which got me thinking about how most people say they like unusual names, but do they really?  Which unusual, unique, rare, uncommon baby names would people say they liked best?

Which led me, of course, to this Question of the Week.

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unisex names

A lot of people complain about unisex names.

Names like Riley and Rory, they say — never mind Maxwell or James — should never be used for girls.  Those are boys’ names, and should stay on the boys’ side of the fence.

And then there are those people who campaign for names such as Ashley and Evelyn to be repossessed by the boys from the girls.

Other says that word names and place names such as Halcyon and Havana have no intrinsic gender and so are equally appropriate for girls and boys.

We’d like to spin this controversy to a more positive place and ask which names you think truly work best for both genders.  Please name names and let us know why you think  your choices go both ways with the most grace.

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We couldn’t resist this question on the forums: Which names do you wish you were brave enough to use?

Names you love….except nobody else does?

Names that are cool….but maybe a little too quirky?

Lovely literary names….with dark stories behind them?

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What Names Are Ripe for Revival?

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You know who are the biggest berries of all?  That’s right, me and LindaEven if we didn’t work here, we’d probably spend all our time obsessively tooling around the site.

And though we wrote all the name entries ourselves, we’re constantly re-encountering names that we maybe kinda forgot existed and now appreciate anew.  Wow, we think.  That’s a cool one.  Wonder if it will ever come back?

This just happened to me with the name Cyrilla.  The boys’ equivalent Cyril is handsome if a bit effete for the modern world, though it may get rediscovered thanks to the revival of the similar Cyrus and Silas. But what about Cyrilla? That’s a cool old name that’s at once exotic and familiar, highly unusual — there were NO girls named Cyrilla recorded on the most recent Social Security list — yet not invented. Besides being the feminine form of the Latin Cyril, it’s also a botanical name for flowering plant found throughout the tropics.

So I nominate Cyrilla as a name that’s ripe for revival. What are some old names you think might become new again?

Photo of antique doll from Kathy Libraty’s Antiques at Ruby Lane.

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