My love of names came from writing, you have to name your characters right? So I started researching names, usually by meaning, now I just go by whether or not the name fits the character's personality. Sometimes when I'm at a road block, I go back to meaning, or maybe particular sound.
I wouldn't say I'm obsessed since I don't have a major list of names, nor do I know the meanings of every single name, but I definitely know of a lot more names than "normal" people might not have heard.
For me, it started around sixth grade, when I was interested in the meanings of names of friends and people I knew. I kept a list, writing their names backwards, their firsts, their middles.
In 7th grade, I really became a namenerd, Nameberry addicted!
Wow! I love reading all the different stories of how you began to like names! Thanks for sharing everybody!
I found one of mums baby name books and loved it. It only had one page of boys names and girls names my name wasn't in it and it said adele meant shining bright. But I have made lists since I was seven.
Everyone I've told has found it strange.
I have been nuts about stories since as long as I can remember. When I was younger, my friends and I played imaginary games - you know the kind. We'd make up a story and act it out. And of course I was going after names to use. I remember how one of my earliest name crushes was 'Marian' after I saw on a board outside my older brother's school - Marian Peterson Middle School. Other crushes, mostly which I heard in books or on TV shows were Vanessa, Veronica, and Periwinkle (no, I am not kidding). Then I started writing my stories, and looking for more names. And somehow I stumbled on to nameberry.
My mother does not approve.
For me, I think it comes from having the most unique name in my immediate family, and really liking it. My siblings all have classic-but-uninspired, biblical names, while mine is Welsh, a bit quirky, and highly unusual in all the places I've lived.
Also, when we were little, my sister named every single one of her stuffed animals Rainbow Katie. I remember feeling so much haughty disdain for her uninspired choices even then! Meanwhile, my best friend and I wrote elaborate stories with dozens of characters just so we could use more names. I remember going through atlases and subway maps and picking out my favorite place names, too.
I first fell in love with names as a young teenager naming characters in stories I would write. However, I quickly began to think about what I would name my future children. The rest is history. I have lists that I have had for years now.
I was 10 or 11, and my older sister was dating. She told me that when they were older, they were going to get married. They would have one child, and name him Zonker, after the Doonesbury character. I wandered around the bookstore wondering how I could find a reasonable name for their future child, and found a baby name book. I was hooked.
BTW, when she got married, she had three kids, and all have normal names (Robert, Brian, Alexander).
My two girls are Jessica and Jemima. Jemima's name was a bit of a surprise to the family, but not to my friends.
I first became a name nerd when I was 7 years old. I used to make "yearbooks" by clipping people out of ads in the newspaper and gluing them into a big book of blank paper. I would spend hours doing that, and at the end I probably had about 400 kids in one of my yearbooks. I just remember it was so fun to make up names and give people names. I think that's how it started!
Well, I became a name nerd when I was about, 8. I have always loved names and I always wondered what Name She should of had or I should of had. I became a name nerd also because I hated not having a unique name. My name is Rebecca. At school I have always been Rebecca A or Rebecca 2 or 3. Since then I have been staying up on the internet looking for some new names that I love. I am proud of my name nerd inside of me because when I have a baby, I would know Exactly what the name should be. I love dreaming about new Names and I mean, I'm not even in a relationship. I don't think I will ever change my name though. My Parents must of liked it so when i name my kid he won't change it. I don't want to be a bad example.
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Rebecca Teenage Single Name Nerd Dreamer.
[FONT=Times New Roman]Girls: Alice, Clara, Bellamy, Juliet, Nova, Noya, Sienna, Sierra and Many many more.[/FONT]
Boys: Shiloh(and NO i didn't get that off Brad Pitt's daughter) James, Emmett, Ash, Angelo, Kai.