Category: Naming Characters, Pets, and Other Non-Babies

Most of you are on Nameberry to find a name for your baby. Others are looking for either a fictional character or a pet name. (Or are just crazy about names!) But that’s just the beginning of things that could be named.

Which brings us to our question of the week: What’s the weirdest, funniest, most out-there thing you’ve ever named?

Have you ever named a kayak? A statue? A freckle?

What about when you were a kid? You probably named your dolls and stuffed animals, but how about other toys or even a blanket?

What did you name it? And why?

It’s OK, by the way, if the weirdest thing is an animal or character or something else– as long as you tell us which one was the most unusual! (A pet iguana or ocelot, say.)

Let us know your answers in the comments, and continue the conversation on Twitter or Facebook!

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How did Rachel Lyon go about naming the characters in her about-to-be-published debut novel, Self-Portrait with Boy?

By Rachel Lyon

When I began writing what would turn out to be my first novel, Self-Portrait With Boy, for many months—years, even—all I had was jibs and jabs: A basic premise, a bunch of seemingly unrelated research and scenes, and a character by the name of Lucy Rile.

All I really knew about Lucy Rile was that she was a photographer. I named her Lucy because Lucy means light, a photographer’s medium. Rile because I had a sense that, eventually, she’d outrage people.

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By Clare Bristow

This week’s news includes names from Iowa, Spain, the world of dogs, and one that’s a bit of a mystery.

Highlights of 2017: Domenica and Donavan

As the end of the year approaches, we’re starting to see round-ups of the names that defined 2017, and local and unofficial  popularity lists.

Did you see the best starbaby names of the year? The stunning Domenica Celine just had time to slip in after food guru Daphne Oz welcomed her new daughter last week.

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By John Kelly

The sun is about to enter into Sagittarius, whose zodiac symbol is the archer. Perhaps it’s in your stars to find an archery-inspired name for your newborn. If so, we’ve got quite the ‘quiver’ of names for you to consider—and sorry, but we don’t mean Katniss or Legolas, as much as we love these fictional arrow-slingers. Here are 11 amazing Sagittarius baby names.

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Lego Baby Names: Axl to Zane

By Jocelyn Chamberlain

The official ‘Toy of the Century’ is guaranteed to feature heavily on Christmas lists this year. However, it’s amazing to think that Lego bricks have been around for 85 years and that their timeless design means the old and new still fit together perfectly. The ‘LEGO’ brand name was created by using the first two letters of the Danish words ‘Leg’ and ‘Godt’, meaning ‘play well’. The Lego Movie, starring Chris Pratt as Emmet Brickowski, was a big hit in 2014, followed by The Lego Batman Movie in 2017. Here are some names from the many Lego TV products and platforms that may make a great sibling choice for the little Lego-mad person in your house!

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