Happy Second Birthday To Us!

Nameberry turns two today, and we feel kind of like a toddler: We’ve grown steady on our feet, developed a clear voice and distinct identity, and have lots of wonderful new friends! Thanks for being the major part of nameberry’s success.

Our audience has doubled each year, giving us a total of over 5 million visitors since our launch in October 2008. The pages of nameberry have been viewed a staggering 45 million times!

According to Google Analytics, nameberry has reached 228 countries, though that figure is a little confusing since most sources say there are only 195 countries on earth. Possible explanation: Some previously-unexplored and unidentified countries have been visiting nameberry in search of names for themselves.  Or else our audience expands to other planets.

About two-thirds of our visitors are from the U.S., with another 20 percent from the UK, Canada, and Australia. The countries next most populated by berries (as nameberry visitors have dubbed themselves) are India, German, New Zealand, the Philippines, Ireland, and the Netherlands.

Our friends at Ohdeedoh, The Daily Beast, and Appellation Mountain have sent us the most visitors referred from other websites: Thanks, guys!  And thanks too to all the other wonderful sites, from You Can’t Call It It to Reader’s Digest, who’ve featured nameberry, as well as to the brilliant berries who daily dispense excellent baby name advice on our message boards.

Other stats from our first two years:

What’s ahead for nameberry in the next year?

We’re working on a nameberry store, to sell ebook versions of our baby name books as well as some great new goodies you’ll learn about soon.

We’re looking forward to continuing our column for UsMagazine online, and expanding our partnerships with other sites.   If you haven’t done so already, sign up for our daily newsletter now with lots of new exclusive content, join us on facebook, and follow us on twitter @nameberry.

Our engineer Hugh Hunter is working on some top secret technical initiatives even we don’t understand.

And we’d love to double our traffic again as we continue our mission to provide the most honest, enlightened, style-conscious, high quality baby name information on the web, in an atmosphere that’s warm, intelligent, and supportive.

What would YOU like to see from nameberry in the next year?

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Nicole Says:

October 13th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Congrats, NameBerry! I love this site. Keep it up!

Pearl Says:

October 13th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Happy Birthday!!

Bella Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 12:43 am

Happy Birthday NameBerry!

I would love for the search engine to continue to advance, sometimes I end up running for a namebook when giving advice, because I know I can find a more tailored view of plausible names through it. Not to say the entire sight isn’t wonderful, it is!

I would love to be able to store my names, have people vote on them and I would love the name meanings to get a makeover, maybe behindthenamemeaning and NB can collab on that one!

Blessings,

Bella <3

Lyndsay Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 12:49 am

Two years already?! Wow! Happy Birthday and Congratulations! I <3 nameberry! I'm proud to say I was among the first members, and I don't plan on going anywhere! Warm, intelligent and supportive is such a spot on description, you can't find a better online community!

BasicSand Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 12:53 am

Congratulations Pam and Linda! I’m sure we’d all appreciate it if the Hot Lists section was reorganized. You literally have through scroll through the earlier parts of the alphabetical lists to get to later ones.

Stephanie Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 1:15 am

Agreed– it would be great to the have the name lists more easily accessible and to be able to view the entire list at once, rather than having to scroll through several pages to see one list in its entirety.

Lyndsay Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 2:22 am

Agree with all the suggestions. Also would love if people could leave comments on the names (like on parents connect and the baby name wizard).

Mm, and it would be nice if you could search for specific meanings instead of just broad categories. Also would love to be able to comment on peoples’ lists

Abby Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 5:37 am

Congratulations! How ’bout that galactic reach?

And I can’t wait to shop the store. I anticipate many a berry-ish baby shower gift in our futures!

Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 7:28 am

Happy Birthday Nameberry! It’s really incredible what you’ve been able to accomplish in such a short period of time.

Thanks for the mention of You Can’t Call It “It”!, and at your own birthday party. Very, very kind of you. I look forward to doing more with you in year three!

Amber Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 7:55 am

Congratulations! This site & your books are what a name nerd like me has always wanted. So happy you are around since I’ve had (and of course, NAMED) my 2 kids (Nov. ’08 & Sept. ’10). 😉
The site continues to be entertaining! Best wishes to you & keep up the good work.

Jay Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 8:26 am

Congratulations on two years! I’ve been a big fan of your books since I read “Beyond Jennifer and Jason” in college, and Nameberry (and its wonderful message board) has significantly helped us in the naming process of our twins. The website is great as is, but I too would love to see it expand and improve in any way you choose! Thank you for creating such a great place for name nerds to come together, lol. Congratulations again and best wishes.

Jay

Danae Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 8:48 am

Wow! 2 Years is very good in a society that loves something one day and considers it “out” the next. Happy Birthday!!

mermuse Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 9:18 am

Love the site! The only thing I’d ask for is to be able to have a more advanced search, and especially being able to see more results at one time after you do the search. Happy Birthday!

namefan Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 9:36 am

I’m another early Nameberry member. Happy Birthday!

Nephele Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 9:46 am

Happy Anniversary, Pam & Linda! It’s been a wonderful two years, and it’s great to see Nameberry growing!

kelleita Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 9:57 am

Totally agree with everyone else about seeing more results at once. I just don’t have the time to wait for all the screens to load to get to the end of a list. It gets really annoying.

I also like the suggestions of letting readers comment on names. I always love reading those comments on Behindthename.com — it would be great to do one-stop-shopping right here. 🙂

gracenote Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 11:01 am

Happy birthday Nameberry, and congratulations to Pam and Linda!

olivegreen Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 11:04 am

Amazing! Congratulations and thank you so much for all your hard work (and for helping us name our little ones)!

Jas Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 11:13 am

Well done and congrats to all involved! I agree with all the sugggestions so far. As a member of your Irish readership I would (selfishly) like to see more real Irish names with more accurate meanings and pronunciations, as the current ones are not all correct.

I also often have problems with my lists and favourites, not being able to save names and getting error messages.

Thank you for all your hard work and heres to reaching yet more unknown countries/planets!

Filipa Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 11:14 am

Congratulations!! I specially adore this blog, which made me realize it’s ok to be addicted to names!! 😀 Keep up the good work!

PdxLibrarian Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 11:36 am

What you guys really need is an app. An app would be way more useful to me than an e-book.

Jennie Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Happy Birthday, Nameberry!!!

I was so glad when I found this site. I’ve always been obsessed with names, and I had no idea that other people shared my love of them. It was so great to come on here and discuss names with people who understand styles and rhythms. Thanks, Nameberry, for creating such a community.

flowerchic Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

I agree with PdxLibrarian. I keep hoping for a nameberry app! The name apps that are available right now are just not that good, and just not nameberry! 🙂

bounceparty Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Happy birthday Nameberry 🙂 I joined this site some time around late summer of 2009, because I was fed up with other name sites giving me junky discriptions and everyone going gaga over names like Makkenalyniayah (not to say this is a bad name, just not exactly in the Nameberry – style) Nameberry is such a great site and is a great online community!!!!!!

Elena Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Happy Birthday Nameberry! I am so happy that I have found this website, it has made me feel a lot less strange for having this obsession and it has helped me find new favourites and names for characters that I would have never found anywhere else. The community on here is so awesome and I haven’t found any other website with one half as amazing. Thank you so much for all the hard work! (:

Em Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Happy birthday, Nameberry! This is one of my absolute favorite sites and definitely my favorite place to go for anything involving names.

pam Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Aw, thanks for all the compliments and warm wishes, everyone. It’s really making us feel wonderful. And thanks too for all the good ideas on where we can go from here. I’d love to hear more specifics, especially on how we might develop the search function to be more useful. Please feel free to say more to to start a section on the nb board with specifics if you think of them. Thank you!!

Sunnyshine Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

In response to your question of reaching 228 places on earth but there only being 195 countries… There are in fact, according to the CIA World Factbook, “266 nations, dependent areas, and other entities” around the world.
There are roughly 192 countries in the United Nations but there are others that are not and some areas that are not considered countries but are none the less other “lands”. But of course this changes all the time.
Either way it is truly impressive that you have reached that many areas and peoples!

memomo Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Happy Birthday! I do love lurking this site. 🙂

Here’s my suggestion (and I think it’s a simple one): Could we have pagination on the “Hot Lists”? I can’t think of how many times I’ve wanted to get to a great list that starts with S or something and just given up.

peach Says:

October 14th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Happy Birthday nameberry! I agree with many of the suggestions: better organization for hot lists, more results shown at a time in searches, better research on names and pronunciations in individual listings, more/better categories. I like the new message boards that debuted this year with easier navigation. Please do continue the great varied guest blog posts too!

Becca Says:

October 20th, 2010 at 10:02 am

Happy birthday!
I agree with the app idea that would be sooooooo great! Also I would like to see more pronunciations!
Also just wanted to say I am a name nerd and nameberry is where I can talk about names all I want! Lol!
Thanks for all your hard work!

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