19 Signs You’re Obsessed with Names

19 Signs You’re Obsessed with Names

Here at Nameberry, we know a lot about name obsession. We’ve been obsessed about the subject ourselves for as long as we can remember.  

Yes, it's true: We're onomamaniacs. And proud. Maybe you too?

Read on for the 19 tell-tale signs. How many describe you?


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


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.


You have your favorite names saved in a Nameberry list. Backed up in your Notes app. With a spreadsheet or two for extra security. Maybe you should make a Listography too...


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.


You watch every minute of movie credit scrolls looking for new names, down to the very last third assistant gaffer.


You have heated opinions about Silas vs. Cyrus and Sophie vs. Sophia, and you’re prepared to defend them.


You get so excited when any friend, family member, or even distant acquaintance is expecting. Nine months of baby name chat and predictions await!


Nails on a blackboard means siblings named Charlie and Lottie, or Eliza and Isabelle, or Jack and John. They're the same name!!


You have favorite names for every letter of the alphabet. Plus runners up.


Should you have twins in any gender combination, you’ve got the names covered. Triplets too. As well as octuplets.


Forget mutual values and physical attraction. By the third date, you need to be sure the other person shares your taste in names.


When you’re stressed out, you recite your favorite names in order of preference.


You think the hospital should let you come in and name every baby who doesn’t have a name within 24 hours after birth.


Those celebrities who don’t announce their baby’s name for days, weeks, months?  They deserve to have their celebrity status taken away.


You have a google alert set for the phrase “baby names”.  Also the phrases girl names, boy names, popular names, and simply, names.


When you’re lying awake in the middle of the night, you reorder your Top 10 list.


You’ve combined spelling variations to construct an alternate popularity list. Why doesn’t everyone realize that, if you combine all the spellings of Jackson, it’s been at or near #1 for years?


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 taste in names!


You’ve written to Nameberry suggesting new names for the database. 80,000 isn’t nearly enough!

About the Author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry and Baby Name DNA. The coauthor of ten groundbreaking books on names, Redmond is an internationally-recognized baby name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show, CNN, and the BBC. She has written about baby names for The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, and People.

Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its sequel, Older. She has three new books in the works.