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  1. #6
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    Most people think about names in a similar way to what we do.
    They may not have lists by the hundreds but they probably have looked at a name book or two and marked down what they like. They've probably had conversations with their SO and maybe their family and friends and then pared it down to a short list.

    The process isn't all that different, just on a smaller scale (and possibly with less stress )

    Many people obviously don't pay attention to a lot of the "rules" that we maintain about crafting perfectly balanced names and sets--but it gets the job done
    Last edited by kala_way; July 12th, 2013 at 08:08 PM.
    Livy/Lucy : Geneva/Gwen : Coralie/Alice : Noelle/Eve
    Eli/Bennett : Jude/Zane: Luke/Leo : Levi/Phineas


  2. #8
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    I agree with kala_way. Non-berries probably do some research, buy name books, ask around, but maybe not to as much extent. In some ways it's a bit of a curse to be that person who spends hours agonizing over whether Eliane or Elaine is better in terms of flow, popularity, meaning, etc. :-)

    I don't think the world is divided into berries (or name nerds) and non-berries. Of course, there must be SOME people who just use the first name they like without doing any research, just like there are some people (i.e., me) who buy the first car they like without doing much research. Car afficionados must think I'm the most boring person in the planet because I drive a gray Corolla, but it's just not a big deal to me. Likewise, a name nerd might scoff at Jacob, but his mom may say she picked her favourite name and would do it again, despite the popularity. As long as they don't do something truly horrible and name their kid Hitler or Stupid, it's none of my business.
    Estella ~ Helena ~ Miriam ~ Beatrice ~ Anastasia ~ Ivy ~ Marilla ~ Sarah
    Paul ~ Wesley ~ Walter ~ Edmund ~ Isaac ~ Abram ~ Gabriel

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  3. #10
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    Are we really going to argue about whether or not choosing a top 10 name is boring again? Really? It seems like this debate happens every few days.

    If you think choosing a top 10 name is boring: I agree with you. We're allowed to think that. It does not make us bad people.

    If you think choosing a top 10 name isn't boring: I disagree with you. You're allowed to think that. Although I disagree with you, that does not make me a bad person.

    There. Done. Can we not? I think this post was supposed to be more about the thought process behind choosing a name than the merits of specific popularity levels.
    Gwen
    (film student, name nerd, regular nerd, bad influence)

    Current favorites:
    Ismay Cleo Sybella Ailsa Iphigenia
    Prosper Sirius August Malcolm Zephyr

  4. #12
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    When I started researching names, before I became a Berry, the first thing I did was type "popular baby names" into Google and write down the ones I liked. Thank god I soon discovered Nameberry! I think the process for many non-Berries is similar to mine without stumbling upon this site. A glance at a list of popular names and a brainstorm about which other names they've heard and liked.
    Alice - Beatrix - Clara - Daphne - Flora - Harriet - Mabel - Susannah

    Albert - Barnaby - Edward - Frederick - Henry - Rupert - Theodore - Walter

  5. #14
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    I think they just pick names that they've heard that they like, which isn't so different from us, we just do a lot more research. A lot of people try to pick names that aren't too common, but they still think the common names are the names they remember hearing a lot when they were in school, not what's popular now. I think a lot of people want to pick names with significance, but they don't really know how to go about it, so they end up using family names that aren't very creative or being too creative and making up a name.

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