Name Nerds: When Did You Get Hooked on Names?

Question of the Week: How and when did you get interested in names?

When you were little, did you love getting new dolls just so you could name them?  Did you create large imaginary elaborately-named families?

As a teen, did you obsess about your future children’s names, writing various possibilities in the margins of your notebooks?

Or was it only until you were actually pregnant, when it became a realistic imperative, that you became hooked on names?

Did the internet escalate your interest into an obsession, finding a place where you could share thoughts and ideas with other name nerds?


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Penni Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 12:44 am

As a child I remember being fascinated by the idea that names have meanings. There was a page of names and meanings in a book we owned called Coles Funny Book Arcade, an Australian book of miscellanea that many households had. My name, Penelope, means weaver and refers to the wife of Odysseus (Ulysses) so that set me on to researching Greek mythology and I studied Classics and Archaeology at uni. I wasn’t that into naming dolls though I remember finding it bizarre that Cabbage Patch Kids were prenamed!
I had conversations with friends about what I would call future babies as a teenager. As a young adult I started writing and now I am an author so coming up with names is part of my job (interestingly many young writers avoid naming their characters, but in fiction names and identity are very strongly linked and naming is an act of power, a way of showing you have mastery over your fictional world). The Internet is an amazing resource and I used it obsessively when I was looking for names for my own babies, but I still love leafing through a name book.

LV51sfan91 Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 12:50 am

I grew up loving dolls, babies and little kids. I loved naming my baby dolls and I even used to cut out people from the adds and make families naming everyone and making their birthdays. It was fun! I miss those days. I am not a Mama yet but I know what I want to name my babies. I think names are a great hobby. It’s like a pastime. Old fashioned and Biblical are my favorite. I own one book and use three websites quite often and work in daycare. I love babies and names a lot!

Leslie Owen Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 12:59 am

As with the previous poster, my fascination with names began with my obsession with writing. I wrote my first play in second grade and it was about that time that I found a dictionary of names in the back of one of my father’s collegiate dictionaries. I became fascinated with names, their meanings, and their linguistic origins. Linguistics was one of my favourite classes in university, although I ended up with a writing major.

I did write names in dozens of notebooks and had picked out my daughter’s name long before I even had a fiance.

I was not one to play with dolls. However, I indulged my name fascination with the dozens of worlds I created in my fiction.

Other Carolyn Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 1:04 am

For me it was first about the sounds of different names, and then the stories they inspired. I was never especially fussed about meaning, except in a few cases where the meaning is exceptionally lovely. I kind of grew up as a young writer along side the internet, so there were always databases of names at my disposal, and I’ve never been exceptionally aware of fashion so I guess I was always pretty open to a wide range of them. There are so many undiscovered gems of names out there, and I love that writing gives me a chance to use them all (I’ve got just under 400 names on my list, and don’t want any more than two children unless multiples happen, so the excuse to use them is welcome!)

Lately I’ve become rather interested in the sociological pressures that provoke naming trends, and the implications that reactions to certain names have. I’m especially interested in gender associations, but there are a lot of other facets to it as well. The names we choose for our children (and characters) say a lot about us as people; what we value, what our hopes for their lives are, what OUR lives have been like so far. I can’t help but geek out over such a rich and subtle minefield of information. 😀

Brandie Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 1:28 am

As long as I can remember I was always saying things like “when I grow up I’m going to have eight kids and their names will be …” but I don’t think I got obsessed with them until I was about 12 or 13.

I loved my last name but I was not on talking terms with my biological father (still not I’m afraid) and since he wasn’t really a dad to me I was considering A. taking my step-fathers last name B. taking my mothers maiden name or C. making up a last name and going with that. Eventually I decided I didn’t like any of those options as much as my origanl last name so I didn’t change my name then. I even decided hyphenate it to my married name. But that is what got me “hooked” on names and I have gotten even more obsessed over the years with them.

Christina Fonseca Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 2:51 am

I started “collecting names” when I was 13. My mom was pregnant so I checked out a name book from the library (this was back in the 70s – pre Internet). I would keep lists of sibling names and look for patterns. I have kept scores of sheets with handwritten baby names culled from birth announcements.

I planned on writing a baby name book, but I can interact with so many more people online that I use my draft and my lists as a resource to help other parents.

btw, Christina Fonseca was going to be the protagonist of the Great American Novel I was going to write someday.

Abby Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 3:02 am

Early, early, early. I think I’d read every kid-friendly book in the house one summer and was combing my parents’ bookshelf in desperation. Waiting on the shelf was a baby name book, one of those drugstore paperbacks that had obviously been used to name me and my two sisters.

It captured my imagination because OTHER pages were dog-eared and other names – names of people who didn’t exist! – were penned in the margins. I could’ve been Jill Erica.

And thus an obsession was born …

Shannon Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 3:03 am

My interest in names started when I met my friend’s cousins. There were six of them and each of their names were so interesting, original and beautiful. I vowed then that my children’s names would just as great.

Flash forward a few years to fourth grade when Cabbage Patch Kids were all the rage. Riots were being started just to get a hold of one. Though they were prenamed, you could rename them and send the certificate in to get it revised. A lot of thought went into my name revision. I made lists of names and thought about not only what I wanted my doll to be named, but what I wanted my future kids to be named. It became a bit of addiction and now if you happen to stumble upon a notebook of mine, you will find a list or lists of names that are my favorite at that point in time.

Funny, last year when I named my daughter, who is my first child and who I named without anyone’s input, her name had never appeared on any of my zillions of lists. Figures.

Trish Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 3:19 am

Oh wow! I believe I’ve just been dubbed a “Name Nerd”!! And proud of it hahah

I have been obsessed with names since for as long as I can remember! I loved getting new dolls just so I could name them…hence the passion for getting into the hobby of making porcelain dolls…needless to say, I believe I have over 80 dolls…and I know every single name of every single one!

I used to want to be an author just so I could create characters for my stories…however, never got past the creating the names of the characters part LOL

I used to (and still do) keep a list of all my favourite names…I believe at last count I have over 300 names…and they are all alphabatised and have their meanings with them!

I also obsessed over what I was going to name my future 10 kids!! However, after my first child, the idea of 10 went very quickly out the window 😛

Ok so just reading back over this post…I may be somewhat obsessed with names…but hey, Im proud of it 🙂

Amanda Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 3:42 am

Probably since I was 7 or so, I asked my mom to buy me one of those little name booklets next to the checkout counter. I would look through that thing all the time and pick out names I liked.

Namenutt Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 4:58 am

I agree, I have been wondering why it is that I love names so much – what is the appeal? Are we Namenerds like Stamp or Coin collecters? And is there a name for our ‘hobby’?
I remember from a very young age – nursery school/kindergarten in fact – being fascinated with my friends names & thoroughly enjoying giving names to my toys & pets. The best was making up names for me & my friends characters when we were playing games – usully things like Storm, Lightning & Thunder or Sparkles & Crystal if we were Fairies! Hahahahaha!!!! Oh to be a kid again…. (“,)
When I was a preteen I came across the entry in the Guiness Book of World Records for the baby with the most names – I went throough a stage when I was bent on beating that record – something my friends still tease me about today!
As a teenager, name meanings became very interesting & I took library books out & made long alphabetical lists of names I liked & their meanings – I still have them, pages & pages long. This is also when I discovered my favourite (girls)name of all time – Skye – even though it is very different in style to the other names that I like, which are all a little more pretty & feminine compared.
Now I have several namebooks – just for fun.
Once a Namenerd, always a Namenerd, huh?

Namenutt Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 5:08 am

PS: Yes, the internet has made me even more interested in names, I’m a regular visitor to several sites & a member of the nameberry forums which I love!
This has also made me much more aware & thoughtful of naming trends & what they can indicate about people in today’s society.

mary Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 5:34 am

My friend Lizzy and I became name nerds at the same time. We started playing a game where one of us picked a name and the other would have to pick a middle name that flowed nicely. From that point, I obsessed with coming up with my future children’s name. Now in college, I visit this site every day to read the blogs and posts.

Natalie Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 7:08 am

I’m still young, but I started to love names (borderline obsession these days) at about seven or eight. I would always ponder my pretend name like it was the most important desicion of my life. At about eleven I started to make family’s and story characters (never any stories!), followed by lists. I have countless lists of names I’ve liked at different times! My mom thinks I’m crazy, but I love to check out the nameberry blog and look at babynamegenie polls.

ycw Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 7:13 am

As far as I can remember, I’ve always loved names… dolls, imaginary people, kids, future kids. My taste has matured (thankfully) from when my names were obscure compilations of k’s, l’s, s’s, and y’s…. I have two name books open in the bathroom and I’m not pregnant. When I ride in the car I consider words on signs as names (North Spencer; Lane Right; Hannah Li). I love reading Biblical genealogies (ooh, Sheleph). I consider whether if I adopted a child, he or she would feel less like he or she fit in without a name that wasn’t a palindrome or near-palindrome. I run through the alphabet in my head, sorting names into first- and second-tier. I consider whether Natalie is a first- or second-tier name, and whether Patience should be on my second-tier list. I worry about whether I will have 9 daughters and run out of first-tier girls’ names.

Amanda Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 8:13 am

I was interested in names from childhood; as an only child, I had a troupe of stuffed animals, and each was named very carefully. I often checked out name books from the library. The idea of names having perceived meanings was super interesting, and I moved quickly from baby name books to writer resource books, looking at the sound pairings of first and last names (where stress hits on each names, etc).

To Namenutt (and anyone else who is wondering): the study of proper names and names overall is onomastics, and the branch that focuses on personal names is anthroponomastics. Toponymy is the study of place names.

Lola Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 8:23 am

Since I’ve been 2. It’s the great family story: Me coming downstairs two days after I turned 2 and insisting that I was to be called Cleopatra and announcing that I wouuldn’t answer to anything else!
I’d change my new “name” at least once a week. And I did this until I was 5. By then I had 3 name books and many lists: list for cat names, kid names, plant names etc. (yes, I name my houseplants!) Yes, I am a name nerd and PROUD of it! (I have three lists now: Kids, Grandkids & Pets)

Sophie Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 8:25 am

I am a teen berry, and I became really hooked on names about six months ago. I had always loved names, and even had a name book before I found out that this was a passion of mine. Your description of baby name obsessed teens fits me to the tee. I admit to writing down combinations in my notebook, when I am suppost to be writing a story. Much of my journal is filled with names. At this moment, my future children are named Reagan Irene, Nell Josephine, and Leo Walter. 🙂

Chelsea Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 8:53 am

When I was in high school I always kept lists of names I loved. One of my favorites was always Nava Dean… I have no idea where I got the one from except that my father’s name is Dean. My mom still teases me about it to this day. I hadn’t been too into names for a couple years until I found Nameberry a couple months ago. Now I’ve been obsessing over names, I’m in my early 20s and I do not have any children or plan on having children in the near future. My boyfriend thinks I’m a little crazy when I bring up names, especially when I hear one that I like or think is horrible. (we’re probably going to be engaged soon, keeping my fingers crossed!) I’ll probably drive him crazy when we are actually naming our children

Jenny Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 8:58 am

I suppose it started with Anne of Green Gables and her declaration that ‘Anne’ is acceptable while ‘Ann’ is not. That really got me thinking.

Erin Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 9:17 am

I probably became a name nerd when I was around 13. It started when I found the name book my parents had used to name me and my brother. The rest is history…

Josie Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 10:30 am

I used to name my stuffed animals, and I had so many that I started looking through my mom’s baby name books to find the perfect names. (I was about 7 or 8) And then, when I was 10, I helped my parents name my bro. And ever since I’ve loved names.

Trustedwriter Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 11:28 am

I’m with Abby who could have been Jill Erica. 🙂 I discovered in early childhood that I could have been Victoria, or a couple of other names, and devoured my parents’ baby name book. Ever since, I’ve loved names. 🙂

ashesofroses Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 11:35 am

I’ve been a name nerd since the age of 7 or so….I begged until I got a baby name book and read it ragged, even though I got teased for it on the bus. I used it to name characters for stories and had my sons’ names picked out by the time I was 12 (their actual names that I really ended up using). 🙂

Olivia Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 11:42 am

I actually don’t have a very clear memory of what triggered my name obsession. I do remember one my first favourite names was Jenna and Roxy (Still on my list!!, in the form of Roxanne). I’m only 14 now, but I’m fairly certain that my first born son will be an Alec, after my beloved grandfather. My favourites for girls are Kitty and Ramona at the minute.

I do keep it rather hidden from my friends and family. My friends tire very quickly of me whittling on about names, and I worry my family will mistake my teenage-name-obsession with a baby-obsession, which although I adore children and often help my mother in her nursery, I certainly do not have.

Lynae Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I am not a name nerd but I took very searously the task of naming our two children. Our youngest is only a few months old and I find it hard not to ponder names still as I enjoyed the process so much.

Our 3 year old daughter may be a name nerd in the making however. She names her toys with a distinctly vintage quirky style. Her favorites: Lola, Rita, Bell, Thelma. She is also very interested in what everyone’s name is and rarely forgets a name.


Liv Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I’ve definitely always loved names. I would rename all my barbies and I’d name my dolls when I was younger. As I got older I really loved to write so now I’m always finding names for random stories I come up with in my head. Plus, I’ve always loved babies and little kids.

Gina Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I’ve been interested in names for as long as I can remember. I have a name that’s uncommon for my age, so I was always a bit jealous of girls who had “cool” popular names. I think that’s where my interest in names began. If I knew a “cool” girl, whether in real life or on TV, I would often start liking her name, too.

Because of my interest in names, I’ve always disliked the Greek tradition of naming children after their grandparents (which leads to several Marias and Georges in one extended family). As a child I vowed that I would buck tradition and choose whatever names I liked for my children (which I did, and thankfully my husband was totally on board with me in that regard). I’ve never really been interested in Barbies, so I didn’t have a brigade of fabulously named dolls like a lot of other name lovers did. I made my first “favorite names” list when I was 12, bought my first baby name book at age 15, and kept track of names listed in the birth announcements in the local paper for about a year. The Internet is great in that it’s easier (at least for me) to solicit useful opinions about names from strangers online than from family and friends (many of whom still think Nicole and Stephanie are trendy names).

Hannah Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I remember when I was little that I would have the most extravagantly named dolls and stuffed animals in my neighborhood. I loved playing house with my friends just so I could pick out a name for my person. We called them our “Pretend Real Names”. I was usually either Phoebe, Amber, Raven, Ashley, Clover, or Violet. Safe to say, my naming style has evolved since then. I’m still just a teenberry, but I fill notebook pages with names I like.

Natalie Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

@Olivia- I know exactly how you feel! I’m a teen berry, and my mom has witnessed how much I love names, and I think she’s more than a little weirdes out by it! But I just smile and tell her all my favorite names, and let her think what she wants.

Jen Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I bought my first name book in the 6th grade. I am now 29 and own at least 10 baby name books. I thought I was the only name nerd until I discovered so many baby naming sites. I’m single with no children and I still get comments like “you need to find a man first before you can name a child”. Doesn’t matter to me…it’s my favorite hobby.

Angela Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

My parents had two hard bond dictonaries and in the front of the A-K one it had names, origin and meanings. So I would have been in primary school and reading at this time. Yes I will name everything. I don’t have any children but have names picked out if we are ever lucky enough.

I like the idea of names alphabetically in the middle of my husband’s and my names, the origin being linked to our heritage, sound nice and have a great meaning. Also keen on the meaning and of both names matching like my brother’s name means strong horse, he is a grazier.

Chelsea Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 5:47 pm

I too am a name obsessed teenager and I’ve been one for about a year now. As a kid I wouldn’t say I was name crazy, but a few stuffed animals sure had some interesting names. One in particular I remember was named Avily, a mix of the names of my 3 best friends at the time (Abby, Vivian, and Emily) Thankfully Avily is NOT still on my list.
I’d say the thing that really sparked my interest in names was the show Gilmore Girls. I loved the name Lorelai (which is still my number 1 favorite) and I liked that it was unusual. This led me to search for more “unusual, yet not too tacky” kind of names. And here I am one year later checking onto namerberry every day. I’m definitely proud to be a Name Nerd!

Ashley Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

I’ve been enthralled by names for as long as I can remember. Seriously- I think I started writing stories when I was a kid just to name the characters. When I was four, I told everyone that my future daughter would be named Unicorn Heart Star Flower Rainbow (sadly, now we’re just leaning towards Caroline or Rose). I was devestated when I couldn’t find my old (OLD) baby names book when I was at my parents’ house last time. The internet has been a really fun source, but I still want that old marked-up guide with really bad name combos written in the margins.

Ellen Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 8:55 pm

@Shannon, I started being a name nerd with my cabbage patch too! It’s given name was Bertha and I was devestated until my mom helped me send in for a new birth certificate with the name I picked: Mary Jane. Now 25 years later I just named my first daughter Rosemary- guess my style has come full circle!

agirlinred Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I’ve always loved names. I was a huge tomboy as a little kid, but I loved to play Barbies with my sister just so I could name them all. I got a hold of my mom’s baby name book when I was 8 and made a list of every name I liked. Then I read Harry Potter and went absolutely gaga over the names. It all went downhill from there…

babynamesrule Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Since I can remember! I’ve always loved learning people’s names, and guessing what they would be like based on their names. Because I’m superficial like that 😛 But I do remember buying my first name book at about 7, to name one of my baby dolls. She was Cordelia 🙂

Cathryn Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 11:07 pm

I have been a name nerd for as long as I can remember! When I was little I had 27 baby dolls. They all had first and middle names. When I got a little older, I got in trouble repeatedly for making name lists when I was supposed to be doing homework. These days I peruse all the baby naming websites and ask everyone with a small child what their child’s name is. I just met a 3 month old Matilda today! I’m absolutely obsessed with finding fabulous names for my future children. I know I must drive my husband insane, but he’s so sweet about it. 🙂

alicia Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 11:26 pm

I’ve always loved names, since I have memory (I think since kindergarden) I collect names, I became famous between my family and friends for doing it and everybody gave me notes with the new names they learned, even my own pediatrician! I have many name books and also my husband and parents bought some for me. I’m suscribed to several pages and I can go on and on, I love it! My 7 year old daughter loves names too! but she’s still not so hook on it, maybe later.

Claire Says:

June 8th, 2011 at 11:49 pm

For those of you who were into names before the age of 8, where any of you very early readers? I’m wondering if this name nerdiness travels along with the precocious reading ability 🙂 According to my mother, I started the name lists as soon as I was able to write and it started with lists of classmates names at preschool (I was probably about 4). The earliest I remember was writing on the tabletop (!!) lists of names from the genealogies of royal families that I found in some ancient encyclopedia/dictionary that my mom had gathering dust on the bookshelf.

I spent about 6 hours a day, from the time school let out until bedtime scouring baby name books and making lists of ones I liked and then combinations from those lists. I did that every single day for my entire childhood while my mom was watching TV or when I was home alone. Needless to say, my penmanship is awesome.

Oh, and I named my favorite Barbie “Kyla”. I still love that name but the Kayla/Kylee/Kaylee set has prevented me from actually using it on a live child.

Sela Says:

June 9th, 2011 at 8:01 am

I was born to love names. My parents had pretty common names, James and Tammi, and they decided to bestow upon their kids some pretty off-the-wall names. My name is Sela Kate, and I have a sister named Grace Salome and a brother named Judah Matthew. They all had a Biblical theme, as well. Coupled with my extremely uncommon surname, which incidentally means “protector of women,” and also my parents instilling in me pride in my first name’s meaning, “rock,” I have always loved names.
The first time I remember seriously getting into names, I was four and we were naming my pet fish. I wanted to give it something special, like Oscar, but my mother insisted on “Spot,” well, because it was a plain orange goldfish with a huge black spot on its side. Later, when I was seven, my parents bought chickens. I insisted on naming them all, and with a theme: New Jersey, Florida, Montana, etc. Around the same time, I was given my first cat. I wanted to name him Ashes. My mother insisted upon Andre’. And with that, my love of unique names was born.
Because the only things I had to name were my pets, and I lived on a farm, I went crazy with naming power. Stanley, Marilyn, Phinnaeous, Heathcliff, Talula, Gustavo, Tucker, and Lennox were cats. Phiven, Eres, Serena, Sierra, and Cassandra were cows. Homer, Milo, Boomer, Jack, Wynn, Harvey, and Hollis were dogs. Apollo and Hillary were horses.
And of course there was planning the names of my future children. I have always stuck with the notion of naming my children names that are not on the list of top 1000 names, preferably not even close, truly mean something special, and have a meaning to ME. My all time favorite is Calliope. I also love Nayeli, Raya, Adele (even though it’s becoming popular), Warren, August, Daughtry, Talula, and Milo.

TRose Says:

June 9th, 2011 at 9:17 am

I’m pretty sure I was born a name nerd. As a child I named all of my toys and my pets. Whenever a relative was pregnant I would give suggestions for baby names. I still remember being disappointed when my aunt chose to name her twin girls Jessica and Jennifer instead of the names Gwendolyn and Penelope that I suggested. I used to hope I would have twins or triplets just so I could name them. I was and still am pretty obsessed with sibling names working together. Over the years, I have named countless imaginary children in countless imaginary families. Now, as adult, I confine my obsession to name blogs and books. Although as soon as I found out someone I know is pregnant, my first question usually is still “So what are you thinking for the name?”

Circe Says:

June 9th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Like most of my fellow name nerds I have ALWAYS loved naming things. I named all of my toys not just the dolls but the stuffed animals, action figures and matchbox cars. I named my bikes, scooters, parents and siblings cars(not very creatively I might add EX. Minnie the minivan, Blu the blue truck, Blaze-Dog the trailblazer lol) And of course all of my family pets. People think it’s a little wierd at first if they find out, but then they come to me for opinions 🙂 Sadly they don’t always take my advice. There are 2 Addisons & a Madison, 2 Caydens, 2 Morgans and 2 Ellas in my family all under 5! My poor grandparents don’t stand a chance at keeping them straight!

racheli Says:

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rachelmarie Says:

June 10th, 2011 at 11:19 am

Wow, I’ve been a name nerd for as long as I can remember. A few years back I truly realized my potential (as silly as that sounds), and my parents were kind of shocked to see my sudden love for names. But then they remembered how often I would name things.
According to them, I named everything. I always had stuffed animals (I wasn’t a huge doll person), and I named every one of them. I could tell all of their names, and I had at least 20 on my bed at any moment. I also named things that we saw, like at the zoo. I wasn’t like normal kids, for example the little boy I babysit has a teddy bear named Teddy and a monkey named Monkey. I actually named them, Charlie, Ellie, etc.

I also recently found an old journal where I had drawn people out (I tried to get into fashion), and each had a name. I had a girl named Pierre, and one named Francesca, and another named Beatrice. I have no clue how those came to my mind.
Growing up, my favorite names were Tilly and Isabella, although I have no clue how I picked those.

So, I’ve been a name nerd from the start, to sum it up.

Namestory Says:

June 10th, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Ever since I was a teenager. My favorite name then was Kassandra, or Kassie with a K! I don’t know where I got that. I’ve always been really good with other people’s names- I rarely forget them, which is an unusual skill, I’ve discovered. More often than not, people are horrible with names, and certainly no one ever remembers mine. I really got into looking at name sites online when I was writing my master’s thesis and I had to use pseudonyms for the clients I was working with. I tried to find names that really captured who the person was, and it was difficult. It was on one of those sites that I found my first daughter’s name. I too am obsessed with using names that are not in the top 1000, and I feel especially pleased when name books don’t even list my kids’ names. The hardest part for me about knowing that I’m not going to have any more kids is mourning the names that I will never get to use. In the process of naming my 3rd daughter, I started my own name blog about people’s experiences living with their name. Funny, though, I’ve never felt that strongly about my own name.

linda Says:

June 10th, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I enjoyed reading your name stories, namestory!

Catherine Says:

June 23rd, 2011 at 5:17 pm

I’ve always been a name junkie and a name nerd. I used to draw my own huge elaborate families of paper dolls, just so I could name them.

*person* Says:

July 6th, 2011 at 11:41 am

I’ve always written, so I started looking at name website when I was either 9 or 10,

Tori Says:

July 20th, 2011 at 8:16 am

I’ve been a namenerd from the age of ten when my mum fell pregnant with my little brother William. I was obsessed with it. Before then I always named my dolls their names ranging from Sarah, Gabriella, Marie and they changed weekly. But it started properly when my mum brought a name book and started leafing through the pages suggesting names. My Dad was really into the name Argyle which really intrigued me at the time. I found it interesting how he wanted to go back to ‘his routes’ as the name is a Scottish place name and despite his London accent he was born and spent the first ten years in Scotland. His father is Scottish and he wanted an Irish name to follow His mother is both Southern and Northern Irish. So he spent the next few months pestering my mum to name my little brother Argyle Liam. Which would have been laughable considering their children’s names (Victoria & Helen) my mother repeatedly refused so I suggested William and Liam as the nickname. As Argyle was point blank ‘no’ so it was William. This started my interest in names from then on I’ve been really curious of anything to do with names, if it hadn’t of been for my father’s love for Argyle Liam which still exists I wouldn’t have been a proud namenerd lol.

AJ_Bear Says:

July 30th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

I think my facination with names began when I got really intersted in writing at thea age of 12. I didn’t want to give a character a boring name, so I began to reasearch. Now I ‘m a mega name nerd! I own one big baby name book, and one of the only reasons I watch TV shows like Intervention or Nanny 911 is to see what their names are. So far, I’ve seen no real winners. But I love being a name nerd. I’m nearly fifteen now, so I’m getting close to three years of name obsession, and I love it.

Icy Says:

August 2nd, 2011 at 1:19 pm

My god, I’m not the only one, heh. Yeah i’ve been obsessed since around 7, and still love compiling lists of them and i’m 18! I do prefer to hide it though as i’m sure everyone will assume I want an actual child at this age, when this is not the case.

Malaria Says:

November 24th, 2011 at 1:49 am

My fascination began when I attepmpted to find the meaning of my name a few years ago. The only meaning I can find is ‘dark-skinned’ which is the Italian meaning, but I know that my name is Hispanic in origin. Anyway, I tried to use the Internet to track it down, and it became a hobby of sorts to look up new names. Recently, though, I’ve become more interested in the etymology of all words, not just names.

ebenezer.scrouge Says:

February 23rd, 2012 at 4:03 am

Ever since I can remember well my first memory is at five I wanted to change my boring black name Ebony to the elegant Yasmine and I have been hooked ever since. And p.s I love my name now I am 13 sure my name has passed in popularity while my sister Adele’s name has been tipped in the top names of 2030 and when this happens my sister will be 29. My nicknames are Ebs and Ebie but I get called Ivory, Ivy (short 4 ivory) and Ebenezer Scrouge =) and I am australian with light skin, blue, eyes and honey blonde hair

jame1881 Says:

March 9th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

I’ve just always liked naming things. My mom had a couple of baby name books in the basement from when she had me that I loved to read. Once, when I had like seven rosaries, I named them all just for the fun of it 🙂

sarahmezz Says:

April 17th, 2013 at 2:22 am

From reading books, reading my mum’s baby name book, naming dolls, writing stories. I’ve just always loved names! But my obsession has exploded now my husband and I are trying for a baby!

sarahmezz Says:

April 17th, 2013 at 2:23 am

I remember as a kid I used to always ask my mum what her favourite names were and made lists of favourite names.

aimers6 Says:

July 23rd, 2013 at 6:30 pm

I had many dolls, Cassie Marcella, Carrie Christine, Epica Nessie, Jay Renyolds just to name a few. I had a note book filled with 1st and middle name combos by 7th grade. And even though I can no longer have children have several more named. Before having my 1st of 6 boys I had some girls names picked, Ronnie Nicole and Kylor Zenobia were at the top. And now my oldest is dating a Ronnie Jo! My mom hated a boys name for a girl, and now he is engaged to the name she hated. My husband is grateful everyday he is male. His parents planned Dimples Magee. I also gave different names to my pets, birds Named Kandace, Hutchimabob and Xezethien.

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