50+ Sites Every Name Nerd Needs
Name nerds: we see you. Or maybe you prefer to call yourself a name lover, enthusiast, researcher… whatever, we get it. And have we got some gems for you.
Many of our readers are parents-to-be looking for baby names, but we know that a lot of you just plain love names. Maybe you like poring over the latest statistics, building fantasy families, or arranging your favorite names in color-coded spreadsheets. Maybe you enjoy reading and learning everything you can about where names come from, and what they mean to people.
Maybe you’re looking for something beyond Nameberry?
Shock! Horror! Only kidding, we love that there are other sites and people out there making brilliant, often highly specific name content. Hopefully many of you already know the biggies like the US Social Security baby name data and Behind The Name, and our friends such as Appellation Mountain, Sancta Nomina and British Baby Names.
We’ve rounded up more name sites we think you’ll love, prioritizing (but not limited to) independent and smaller creators. Some are scholarly, some entertaining, some thought-provoking, and all are perfect spaces if you love all things onomastic.
For all you name magpies who love growing your lists.
Nook of Names is the late K.M. Sheard’s companion site to her magnum opus, Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Names. Both are absolute treasure-hoards of whimsical, magical, historical, international and always impeccably-researched names.
More recently-updated blogs of similar persuasion include The Beauty of Names, Legitimate Baby Names, Once Upon a Time Baby Names, and (in French) Jolis Prénoms. Cliff Dwelling is another wide-ranging collector of names you may never have heard of before.
Fun with data comes in many forms. This tool guesses your name from the year you were born. This one shows what your name would be (popularity-wise) if you were born now. And the Namerology Name Madness game and Name Age calculator are fun rabbit holes to fall down.
Graphs, charts and infographics
Nancy’s Baby Names is a go-to for (among other things) graphs of every name that’s ever ranked in the US data. There’s one in “Name of the Week” at the side of the homepage.
Across the Pond, England and Wales Baby Names covers all the rankings from 1996 onwards — there’s also just England from 1840-2013. There are equivalents for Scotland, the Republic of Ireland, and France. Do you know of any more?
Love a good map? The Namerology ultimate map is the most interactive for the States. There are plenty of animated maps showing changing name trends, whether that’s the top boy and girl names in each state, the top gender-neutral names, or a deeper dive into relative popularity.
The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources aims to include “all given… names recorded in European sources written between 500 and 1600”. Don’t miss the DMNES blog too!
In modern history, records are a great place to find real names, and there are plenty of free (or partly free) databases around, like Ancestry.com’s Birth, Marriage and Death records and the Social Security Death Index. So are newspaper announcements — the London Telegraph birth announcements are a particular treat.
A quick internet search will give you lists of names in almost any language you can think of. But quality discussion is a rarer beast.
Great active sites for names in languages other than English include Beliebte Vornamen (German), Nomes e Mais Nomes (Portuguese), Nordic Names, and Beyond Sakura and Hiroshi (Japanese names — and check out the writer’s other blog is for international statistics you’d never think to search for). My most recent addiction is the Yoruba names dictionary.
And a shout out to my Name News page! I read lots of articles and blog posts about baby names, and I post links to all of them here, so you don’t miss anything.
Videos and podcasts
Baby name videos on YouTube go back over a decade, starting with AnastasiaRuby. The best channels making new name videos now include Name Explain, Raquel Cruz, SJ Strum, Baby Name Sunday, and Mom and the Pie.
Meanwhile, name podcasts are an even younger medium. The Baby Names Podcast gives a good long dose of name chat and news. Names and Coffee is a new podcast by Alix Brown, aka The Name Mentor, aka the first baby name account on Instagram, chats names and life. And in No Shame in my Name, from multicultural London, guests speak about what their name means to them. Are there really only three? Do you know any more?
Tell us what we missed! What name resources can’t you live without?
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on September 13th, 2020 at 1:41 pm
Thanks for sharing this! Very helpful and fun 🙂
I just got a 15/15 in Name Madness Game, I’m proud of myself 😁
on September 13th, 2020 at 6:56 pm
Bree here from The Beauty of Names! Thanks for the mention.
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