19 Signs You’re Obsessive About Names
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.
4. Not only do you have your first baby named, but you have all his or her brothers and sisters named too. And you’re not even pregnant yet.
5. You watch every minute of movie credit scrolls looking for new names, down to the very last third assistant gaffer.
7. You get so excited when any friend, family member, or even distant acquaintance is expecting: Nine months of baby name talk ahead — yay!!!!
9. You have favorite names for every letter of the alphabet. Plus runners up.
10. Should you have twins in any gender combination, you’ve got the names covered. Triplets too. As well as octuplets.
11. Forget mutual goals and sexual compatibility: By the third date, you need to be sure the other person shares your taste in names.
12. When you’re stressed out, you recite your favorite names in order of preference.
13. You think the hospital should let you come in and name every baby who doesn’t have a name within 24 hours after birth.
14. Those celebrities who don’t announce their baby’s name for days, weeks, months? They deserve to have their celebrity status taken away.
15. You have a google alert set for the phrase “baby names”. Also the phrases girl names, boy names, popular names, and simply, names.
16. When you’re lying awake in the middle of the night, you reorder your Top 10 list.
17. You’ve combined spelling variations to construct an alternate popularity list: Why doesn’t everyone realize that, if you combine all the spellings of Aiden, it’s actually Number 1?
18. You think it’s terrible when people judge others by their job or their clothes. The only valid way to judge other people is on the basis of their name!
19. You’ve written to Nameberry suggesting new names for the database: 50,000 isn’t nearly enough!
How many of these describe you?
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on April 21st, 2014 at 11:38 pm
I feel like you’ve been following me… I am laughing my head off because this couldn’t be more about me if I had written it myself!! Brilliant!! Instead of doodling when I’m bored in meetings, etc, I come up with lists of first and middle name combinations, for all those nameless hospital babies I’m dreaming someone will let me name. I needed the laugh tonight and I am so glad I’m not alone in all my weird name-obsessed glory. 🙂
on April 21st, 2014 at 11:43 pm
YES to numbers 6 through 8! And a hearty laugh at #19.
on April 22nd, 2014 at 12:06 am
Hahaha some of these are freakishly accurate!
on April 22nd, 2014 at 1:17 am
Oh this is 100% me.
on April 22nd, 2014 at 3:25 am
4-13 and 18 are SOOO me. People, really outsiders, think I’m crazy, but once you get me started talking about the history of a name there is no stopping me. It just drive me crazy when a person says, “huh, well, I never put that much of effort or thought into a name, if it just sounded good, then I named my child it.” That send me into a deep long discussion on its own. 🙂 lol
on April 22nd, 2014 at 5:51 am
Ha ha – especially number 5 and taking about names with pregnant people.
on April 22nd, 2014 at 6:05 am
I have a friend that when she got pregnant refused to discuss baby names! We didn’t know the name until after he was born. I don’t mind that, but at least discuss THOUGHTS on names.
on April 22nd, 2014 at 6:11 am
This is hysterical…and true. Great post!
on April 22nd, 2014 at 6:42 am
Yes to most of these! The movie credits & yes I keep my own spreadsheets with my favs & what I’ve rated them since 2012 or how long I’ve liked them. Love asking the non invasive “Are you having fun choosing a baby name?” to pregnant friends and relatives. Although I only compliment the names they like and have offered some help in the past when they are okay with it.
on April 22nd, 2014 at 7:40 am
Six, eight, and nineteen are me!
on April 22nd, 2014 at 8:00 am
Yes, yes and yes! if i don’t like someone, ill go ‘Who names their child *insert name of enemy* anyways?!’ regardless of the name. and all is better 😀
on April 22nd, 2014 at 8:09 am
#14 is my life. This is exactly who I am, minus the Google alerts… that I am now signing up for.
on April 22nd, 2014 at 9:27 am
16 of 19. I’m torn between embarrassment and pride.
on April 22nd, 2014 at 9:45 am
on April 22nd, 2014 at 9:50 am
On the basis of number 19, Pam and Linda, there are many names in the “What names have we missed
?” thread being suggested, and I don’t think you guys look there anymore… is there a better way to suggest names to be added to the database?
on April 22nd, 2014 at 10:49 am
I once knew an older woman who was a public health nurse and ended up naming numerous babies at their families’ request. She invariably turned to the New Testament, so her county has more than the usual number of Marys, Marthas, Johns, and Pauls. If the parents wanted something “different,” there was always Mary Martha and John Paul. Oh, the missed opportunities!
on April 22nd, 2014 at 10:51 am
Well it’s not as though I didn’t know I was obsessed, but now I had definitive proof!
Although I’d like to add to that list –
– Asking people you’ve only just met about their names (his name was Fingal Plumpton! I couldn’t not!)
– Bringing up names and name popularity whenever possible in a conversation.
– Bringing names into various other parts of your life, I am doing my dissertation about religious baby names.
on April 22nd, 2014 at 11:06 am
Well, that was scary. Just more proof that I have an obsessive personality. I once ended an engagement because my fiancee wanted Todd and Lisa for his future children and I (at that time) was certain that I wanted Zachary and Vivienne. I think we ‘settled’ on ‘Christopher Michael’ but then my aunt and uncle named their fifth son ‘Christopher Michael’ so that was the end of that. This wasn’t the only reason we eventually broke up but it was the last straw in a series of last straws. While ‘Zachary’ and ‘Vivienne’ remain in my top twenty-five, ‘Todd’ and ‘Lisa’ will never be there.
I’ve found it’s a bad idea to ask expectant parents what they’re going to name their baby as they get sick and tired of people giving them suggestions or telling them their choice is a bad one. I had a professor who told everyone that his future daughter was going to be named ‘Pippi Longstocking’ and that (usually) took care of that.
on April 22nd, 2014 at 12:02 pm
#18 is the only one a little too extreme. Judging people on their names is just about silly to me. Love the rest of the list, though.
on April 22nd, 2014 at 12:46 pm
Hahaha, a lot of these are very accurate. Seeing as few people I know are having kids anytime soon, I’ve subtly been turning the subject towards names. I also can’t stop doodling my favourites on every spare piece of scrap paper or typing them out again and again. I have a database and my lists situated on several different devices… This may be a problem. 😛 I got sooo excited when a midwife on One Born Every Minute said she had a boy called Phoenix; I was literally yelling at the TV, not to mention when I heard the names of the babies!
on April 22nd, 2014 at 1:26 pm
4, 5, 6, 12, and 16 are so me! Haha, thanks for the good laugh! May have to go admit myself to baby name rehab now!
on April 22nd, 2014 at 3:30 pm
OH my! What a list! A good reminder that I’ve intentionally made “names” more of a hobby than an obsession. I’m naturally a dreamer, so the reality is that I could very well let it consume me… (yes, I have woken up in the middle of the night with inspiration, and spent countless hours adding to my name list and perusing Nameberry – #16 on this list!) But realistically, it’s unlikely that we’ll have more than a couple children, so right now there’s more reason to pour time into productive things in preparation to finally have those couple of children that I so desire – personal growth, strengthening my marriage and making my business succeed – to be the best mom I can be when that time comes. Maybe I’m just in a different season where it’s so close I can actually taste the days of motherhood… and I can’t wait!!
With that being said, when it comes to deciding names for our children, it is certainly much more than a hobby, it’s a responsibility. So even though I’m more intensely focused on the quality, not the quantity of my name list, it seems that the more names I look at, I just keep going back to my original list of [obscure] classics anyway. I love to learn about the meaning, origin and history of names, however the naming world has also kept me more up-to-date with the contemporary world… which is an added benefit!
It’s frustrating to know that however much time you may have spent on your short list, someone else has spent just as little time on the subject… and in my experience, no one welcomes opinions on naming their kids, no matter how much you know – especially when it’s family. Kudos to any Berry who is received well when spending that 9 mos advising and throwing names at the expecting parents. I’m pretty sure that’s a name-lovers dream, but pretty-near impossible. And as hard as it is not to analyze someone’s “finished product”, sometimes you have to be satisfied that it’s punishment enough for them to live with it… reminding the rest of the world how they want it pronounced/spelled/thought of. But then again, who are we to speak/think (“as a man thinks in his heart, so is he..” Proverbs 23:7 and “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” Matt 12:34) that someone was “wrong” to name THEIR child what means something to them (at least, I hope it means something!)
What keeps my feet on the ground and has always drawn me to names has been knowing and living up to the meaning of my own name (Lady of Honor) and learning about others’ names to let them know how important they are and the purpose God has for them to discover in their life! No matter the name, no life is without purpose!!
Although I’m totally there with # 4, 5, 10, 16, I agree even more so with pp Maerad to add these to the list, as I do them almost daily!
– Asking people you’ve only just met about their names
– Bringing up names and name popularity whenever possible in a conversation.
– Bringing names into various other parts of your life
on April 22nd, 2014 at 4:35 pm
I am ready for that Top 1000 Quiz!
on April 22nd, 2014 at 4:50 pm
I’m pretty much all of these except I haven’t memorized the Top 1000 yet, I have the Top 100 down though! Hahahaa
on April 22nd, 2014 at 5:44 pm
Some of these are very true.
on April 22nd, 2014 at 6:36 pm
Add Ashima to the database.
on April 22nd, 2014 at 10:03 pm
I must just be an OCD name hoarder, because these don’t really fit my variety of obsession.
on April 23rd, 2014 at 3:28 pm
This is so funny and true!
Jeez I really am a name nerd haha : )
on April 23rd, 2014 at 3:45 pm
7 out of 19
on April 23rd, 2014 at 4:06 pm
About half of these are either true of me, or I have a lesser symptom…I most certainly scan all movie credits down to the third assistant gaffer (you wouldn’t believe some of the cool names you see that way, unless you do this too!); I love spending expectant friends’ nine months speculating on what they’ll choose (I even make guess lists sometimes); I should definitely get to name the nameless hospital babies; and, while I know I have to expect the future husband’s input, I do have my Top Ten list ready to go. And yeah, I need to know we can at least meet somewhere in the acceptable compromise naming zone before I’m saying “I do.”
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