Happy Birthday to Nameberry!

1st-birthdayA year ago this week, nameberry was born. The site had been months (about nine, actually) in the making, and so the launch felt like a culmination. But like most new parents, we quickly saw that it was only the beginning. Here, an inside look at nameberry’s first year.

We’ve had one million unique visitors look at a total of 14 million pages, a number that would have staggered us a year ago and thrills us now. And 35,000 people have visited nameberry more than 200 times (you know who you are).

Our visitors have come from 216 countries – only Chad, Central African Republic, Western Sahara and Serbia and Montenegro have missed out – and speak 140 languages. While the United States boasts the lion’s share of visitors, 100,000 have each come from Canada and the United Kingdom and 75,000 from Australia.

Our highest traffic day was May 9th, after the Social Security popular names list was announced. Second highest: September 10th, when Nicole Richie’s newborn son Sparrow’s name was announced.

About two-thirds of the people who visit nameberry each day have never been here before. Some people find us via our books or our column on People’s Celebrity Baby Blog, but most arrive at nameberry thanks to search engines.

The most searched term that leads people to nameberry: nicknames for girls. (Weird, right?) Other top search terms: sibling names, hipster names, girly names, cool middle names, creative baby names, vintage baby names, classic girls’ names, and unusual baby names (all of which nameberry has, naturally, in abundance).

More unusual – and amusing – search terms by which people find nameberry: cute vampire names, moon goddess names, bitchy girl names, weird athlete names, religious middle names, stuffy names, sexy norse names, and secret life baby name.

The number one page through which people enter nameberry is our list of Hipster Baby Names, thanks to our piece in The Daily Beast right after we launched that went far to putting us on the map. The most visited lists on nameberry, however, are Antique Names Ready for Restoration and Names All Your Friends Will Think Are Cool.

The most popular blogs this year have been our invitation to guess the name of Jennifer Garner’s baby and one on the Hottest Baby Naming Trends for 2009.

We’ve featured some amazing guest bloggers, including the man who started the Social Security list Michael Shackleford and bestselling novelist Jacquelyn Mitchard, along with many parents who’ve shared the stories of naming their own babies.

The baby name origin most often searched for over the year was Irish. The most searched meaning was blessed; most searched sound, names ending in ia.

Most searched girls’ name for the year: Charlotte.

Most searched boys’ name: Finn.

Most searched unisex name: Harper.

The hundreds of names only viewed once range from Analisa to Zikomo, Ahab to Witt.

And the most exciting and gratifying aspect of this project for our entire team has been the amazing and wonderful nameberry community that offers such brilliant advice and unfailing support for our visitors over on our message boards. Thank you everyone for being part of nameberry and making it so much more than a baby name site.

If you haven’t looked at it lately, check out our newly-renovated About Us page, introducing a few new members of our team. Our brilliant engineer Hugh Hunter, who designed the programs on which nameberry runs, has finally gone public. And we’re welcoming Annette Batson, who’ll be selling ads just for nameberry and making that aspect of our site so much more relevant to our visitors.

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27 Responses to “Happy Birthday to Nameberry!”

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Sophie Says:

October 11th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Happy Birthday. Im so happy I am part of this nameberry community. This has changed my life. I always thought i was the only one in the world who likes names as much as me. Thank you! and Happy birthday my favourite website!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vera Says:

October 11th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Happy Birthday! I’m so happy you’re here. And I believe I just might be the one person who looked at Analisa… 🙂

peach Says:

October 11th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

One year, wow, it seems like longer. I’m glad to be a part of this community and excited to see how it grows and develops. Thank you!

lyndsayjenness Says:

October 12th, 2009 at 12:33 am

Wow, one year! Happy Birthday, Nameberry!

Love all those statistics, very interesting! “cute vampire names” cracked me up.

Vera, I could have sworn I was the one person who viewed Analisa, maybe I looked at another spelling! I’m surprised it’s only been viewed once!

Thank goodness for nameberry, think of all those babies with better names because of you!

Charlotte Vera Says:

October 12th, 2009 at 12:35 am

Happy birthday! Wow, I didn’t realise when I first visited this site back in December that it was still so new. Congratulations!

susan Says:

October 12th, 2009 at 1:12 am

Thank you, Linda, for inviting me to go on Nameberry a year ago. I have enjoyed it so much! It is fun to meet so many posters who share my fascination with names.
Happy Birthday, Nameberry!

lesley Says:

October 12th, 2009 at 1:31 am

happy birthday to an always entertaining site!

Jill Says:

October 12th, 2009 at 2:00 am

Happy Birthday, Nameberry! Thank you, Pam and Linda, for the joy this wonderful site has given to me and so many others.

I’ll now sing to Nameberry (feel free to join in):

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday, dear Nameberry, happy birthday to you! And MANY more…. 🙂

redridinghood Says:

October 12th, 2009 at 4:27 am

Pam told me that Nameberry started on October 10th, so shares a birthday with me! I am very very happy and excited about that!

I cannot imagine life without Nameberry now!


persephone Says:

October 12th, 2009 at 4:39 am

I love and adore this blog, whether I agree with the forecasts, categories and opinions or not. It’s the only one I hang on, clicking instantly on every email for the next riveting article. I’ve bought your books for years and it’s wonderful to have this blog for a more frequent update!

Happy Birthday dear Nameberry. Our association will be long and most pleasurable! Kudos on a job so well done – you’ve given name obsession a happy and palatable profile… even if most people think we’re nutso!

Rose Says:

October 12th, 2009 at 5:06 am

I can’t believe Nameberry has only been around for a year! It seems like so much longer for some reason. Congratulations!

namefan Says:

October 12th, 2009 at 8:44 am

I’m one of your first members, since I saw this site within a day or two of being established (I was a frequent visitor to your old Baby Name Bible site, and when Nameberry was established I got the news about it over there and I was led here).

Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

October 12th, 2009 at 9:26 am

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY NAMEBERRY!!! It really does seem like so much more than a year. You’ve become an institution.

Emmeline Says:

October 12th, 2009 at 10:28 am

As someone who came here seemingly forever ago due to the Daily Beast article mentioned, happy birthday! And I’m not surprised that few are searching Analisa. Pretty sound, but in the modern junior high environment, it is probably best not to give your child a name that starts with “anal.”

Karen Says:

October 12th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Amazing! Happy Birthday, Nameberry!

“And 35,000 people have visited nameberry more than 200 times (you know who you are).”

Ya-huh. Love it here. Thanks for all you do. Loved the stats in this article, very interesting.

redridinghood Says:

October 12th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

You haven’t even mentioned the people who have visited Nameberry more than 200 times a WEEK?! (count me in)


Christina Fonseca Says:

October 12th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Happy Birthday Nameberry! I always enjoy my visits here and I love referring others. I think the reason it seems that you’ve been around for longer than a year is because the site is so well organized. Kudos! And I plan on being back another 200+ times in the next year.

Pam Says:

October 12th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Aw, you’re all so wonderful! Thanks for making this an amazing year for us and for all these lovely wishes!

Sarah Says:

October 12th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Happy Birthday. I think I’m probably the person who looked at Ahab. Such a lovely name with such negative connotations.

Rosamund Says:

October 12th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Happy 1st Birthday Nameberry! Congratulations and Thankyou!

Elea Says:

October 12th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Yay! Happy Birthday Nameberry! *throws confetti*

Jillian Says:

October 12th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

I love nameberry! I even send a few friends this way. I love reading the posts, even if I don’t comment all the time. I looooove the statistics. Thanks for including them! Very interesting!

Boston Girl Says:

October 13th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Happy Birthday Nameberry! This is a really enjoyable and fun site, and I’m glad I followed through on my decision to check it out last year. (I think I first saw it when it was still only a month or two old.) Keep up the great work, Linda and Pam! 🙂

Nephele Says:

October 14th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Birthday hails to one of my favorite sites! May you have many, many, many more years!

Male Name Says:

November 3rd, 2009 at 5:20 am

Date of Birth 03 Nov 2009.
Father Name:- Shekar
Mother Name:- Sonali.
What would be the Male child name??

Male Name Says:

November 3rd, 2009 at 5:21 am

Date of Birth 03 Nov 2009.
Father Name:- Shekar
Mother Name:- Sonali.
What would be the Male child name??
Birth Place.

Dist:- Midnapore
State:- West Bengal
Country :- INDIA

Anna Says:

November 25th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

I forgot to say this, but I would like…

for each account to have their own profile, so you could see whether your posts had gotten any responses, etc.

and to be able to save your work while you are posting…I have lost tons of posts because of accidentally clicking on the “back” button or something like that!

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