Nameberry Faves? Do tell!

Today’s multi-part question of the week is all about us—we’re asking you what you like best about Nameberry. 

Answer any or all:

What has been your all-time favorite blog—and/or what kinds of blogs do you like best?  Such as:

   **The crowd-sourced, interactive Questions of the Week, like this one

   **Trends and predictions

   **Names from different cultures

   **Name history

   **Personal guest blogger stories

   **Names from literature, art, pop culture

   **Seasonal and holiday blogs

   **Others?

Do you have a favorite list?

What’s your favorite forum?

What has been the most fun game to participate in?

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BasicSand Says:

April 27th, 2011 at 6:18 am

Best blog post definitely was “5 Easy Ways to Judge a Baby Name”.

My favorite list is from the books and not the blog. It’s was formerly called “Fitting In/Standing Out” in the Beyond Jennifer and Jason books. In Beyond Ava and Aiden, it’s “The Perfect Balance” list.

The forums can be hit-or-miss. You can tell who haven’t picked up your books and are praising most, if not all names. I prefer tough yet fair constructive criticism.

Since I don’t participate on the games, I can’t really comment. They feel more like a Mad Libs with names.

jaime Says:

April 27th, 2011 at 9:14 am

I like the weekly review blogs and the sort of meta-name blogs…ones that talk more about over all trends than list specific names.

Jenna H Says:

April 27th, 2011 at 9:25 am

I love it when you guys do blogs on British baby names (there have been a few over the years), since
I’m a total Anglophile. I also love the British names for girls and British names for boys lists, and the hipster baby name list. I guess I’m more of a hipster than I thought, because I love so many names from that last. Another one of my favorite blog entries is an old one in which you profiled Henry, and I would love to see more of those (although Apellation Mountain does that so it may feel redundant). The message boards are great, and Lemon and Mischa always offer great advice and opinions. Overall, Nameberry is awesome! I love it! 🙂

Flick Says:

April 27th, 2011 at 9:35 am

I don’t have a specific “type” of blog I prefer, I just appreciate that you have such diversity with them. A lot of name blogs I have read simply profile a name or small group of names and that’s about it – and that’s fine, too, especially when the names are obscure or not well-known, but having the variety here is what makes it fun to read.

My favorite forums are definitely the girls names forums – I’m a big name nerd, but my specialty is definitely girls names. I like nameberry because the overall style is more my taste than most other sites where all you see is super trendy and made-up names.

My favorite list from you guys is definitely the Feminissma (sp?) list from Beyond Jennifer and Jason and the Hipster list from Beyond Ava and Aidan.

purpleprose78 Says:

April 27th, 2011 at 9:45 am

I read the blog every day. I like reading about names in general and I like reading the comments on the question of the week posts. The Monday blog has fast become my favorite because it is an interesting mix of stuff.

mermuse Says:

April 27th, 2011 at 9:59 am

I love the blog posts where you make predictions or explore one certain “genre” of name — a culture, a literary genre, a time period, a season, etc. Those are by far the ones I look forward to most.

The most fun baby name game for me has been the “naming seven siblings” using nymbler.com. “Think/Say” is also cool, as well as the most recent “April Madness Bracket.”

I gotta say, though, I LOVE when people put up polls in the “What are you considering?” section. I just love to vote, especially when I feel like I’m actually helping someone.

corsue Says:

April 27th, 2011 at 10:05 am

Anything with the numbers and the data. Name history and trends are great, too. I would love it if more of the names had pronunciations attached.

Erin Says:

April 27th, 2011 at 10:55 am

My favorite blogs are the personal stories from guest bloggers! My favorite forum is probably Talk About Names… I don’t really participate in the games though, so I can’t answer that one.

Fawn Says:

April 27th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I second the pronunciation request, especially on names from other cultures. Sometimes I don’t like a name until I hear how it’s pronounced or vice versa.

trich323 Says:

April 27th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I love all the blogs! Though I agree with Jaime that my favorite are the ones about trends more than the specific lists (though I love those as well).

My very favorite thing about Nameberry is the pithy comments on the individual names searches. I actually found this site when I was considering the name “Eliza.” All the other sites basically said, “diminuative of Elizabeth” and gave a definition and some stats. But your entry starts, “We have to admit, this is one of our favorite names.” Then it goes on to describe how it’s modern and spunky. I really think that solidified my love of the name, and we ended up using it for our daughter.

kiwi Says:

April 27th, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I love the blogs on names from the british telegraph! Also really like the blogs about cool and/or unusual names and the one on core classics. The personal and guest blogger stories are also great as are names from literature. Ha, I love them all!

KAshley Says:

April 27th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I too love when you have numbers and data in your blogs. The website NameNerds.com does this, but it might be interesting here too.. they rerate the names including the different spelling variations. This to me gives a more true picture of where a name stands in popularity.

Additionally pronunciation is so great for some names, sometimes I wish it was listed under all of the names.

Love all of the name lists, especially ones that highlight different European countries, or alternatives for popular names.

Another feature that I have always hoped for, since we’re having this openness… is that one could type in a particular nickname and names would be generated that way, kind of the reverse of how this is usually done… although something like that might take a lot of work.

Finally, I <3 nameberry : )

katybug Says:

April 27th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

My favorite blogs have to do with statistics, data, and trend analysis. I’m too lazy to look the data up myself 🙂 I have a nameberry request too: it would be cool to see the feminine forms of male names and vice versa.

agirlinred Says:

April 27th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I love the blogs about the names that are popular in different cultures! Of course I love the British baby names, but how about names that are popular in different parts of Europe, Africa, Asia, South America…?

rachelmarie Says:

April 27th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

My favorite kinds of blogs tend to be the history ones. I love seeing the names of people in the past that have made a difference or done anything of significance.

Favorite list… I would have to say the meaning ones. I’m not too concerned with the meanings of names, but I really dig those lists.

My favorite forum is probably Girl’s Names. I tend to frequent there a lot. But I really like all of them.
I *especially* like the people on the forums. Us Berries are pretty great 🙂

I like the games with pictures of people and you name them. That’s pretty fun for me.

But my *favorite* part of Nameberry is your comments on the names. I love whenever I look up a name and I see the comments that you two have made one the names. They can be funny, informative, and insightful, and that was one of the reasons that drew me to this site.

Keep up the awesome work! We love it here 🙂

babynamesrule Says:

April 27th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

LOVE the blogs, they always provide me with endless entertainment and knowledge.

My favourite lists are the “If you like X, you might love X”

I also love the little descriptions and comments about the names, and kudos for keeping it updated regularly!

pam Says:

April 27th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Thank you, everyone! Of course we loved reading this. We weren’t really fishing for compliments — although of course we love to hear them — but it’s really helpful and illuminating for us to hear what things people find especially interesting or helpful. Plus we though it would be interesting for berries to hear about each other’s favorite parts of the site — maybe it will help someone discover something new. So thanks for sharing all your insights.

anniebee Says:

April 27th, 2011 at 10:53 pm

I second the love for the British, especially the Telegraph’s greatest hits. Also, royal names, trends, popularity like the most popular names on NB. I also really loved the creative nickname post recently and would love to see another or to list potential creative nns in upcoming posts. Since I don’t have any kids yet, the style ones for me are not useful.

My favorite lists are the Yupster (great list!) and Hipster lists and I like the literary, historical, classic names.

I’m not very big on the games. It seems like the teens/tweens on the site are the ones dominating them.

Suggestions – I would love it if the site did more data. I’d love to see the highest ranked names on NB in terms of the star ratings, names by region, etc. From the home page, the recent celeb births only goes back in chronological order by 3 and then it sends you to a gigantic list. I’d love it if when you click on it, you just saw a continuation of the most recent births and names. Also, it would be great if you could view the forums by the most popular topics of the day and I wish that the daily emails didn’t have games in them.

Sorry if that’s too much suggesting and thanks for asking!

KO Says:

April 27th, 2011 at 11:22 pm

I like the trends and predictions as well as discussion as to why a name is popular.

PJ Says:

April 28th, 2011 at 6:06 am

I like seeing blogs on trends & predictions. I like reading the authors thoughts on names when I look up the name/meaning. I like reading the lists/categories but my only concern as I read them is I wonder how often they are updated. All of those things are REALLY helpful. I dont have any use for baby name games. Suggestion: I think people should have to list their age & country of location in their profile as it would help readers get a sense of the person on the other end answering their question. The forums are hit and miss…what I dont like is seeing alot of negativity / disrespectfulness / hating on names. I would like to see nameberry be as diverse as its books. I would like to see it not just favor vintage names. I would like to not see nameberry refer to its readers as elite, stylish, and chic in its blogs/articles etc as its misleading…those are all great compliments but they arent true as this is the internet…rich, middle class, poor, nerdy, stylish, etc…

PJ Says:

April 28th, 2011 at 6:18 am

I wrote the above and wanted to re-iterate that there is alot about this site that is wonderful, and I really appreciate the hard work that you put into having this site. I really love the blogs they are very informative…so Thank you!

Chandler Says:

April 28th, 2011 at 9:43 am

I would have to say that my favorite posts would have to be name history. I just love when you go into detail about one name. And i also like the name trends/predictions also. 🙂

pdxlibrarian Says:

April 29th, 2011 at 7:42 am

My favorite blog posts here focus on a theme of some sort (i.e. names with two letters, names for Winter) because they are a good way to find names that I wouldn’t otherwise have discovered or put names that I already know into a new context.

I also like posts that talk about trends and overviews (i.e. why common names are less common, what letters are becoming more popular).

I’m not as fond of the blog posts that just state opinions, but I don’t mind them as a lot of other people seem to like them.

The forums are fun, but it’s really hard for me to keep track of my posts so that I can keep a discussion going. I can’t seem to find a way to get email updates when replies are made. I don’t see a way to view my posting history when I’m logged in either. Maybe I’m just not able to figure it out?

Butterfly Says:

April 29th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

My favorite blogs are definitely the ones that:
A)Give advice
B)Tell interesting name stories
C)Question of the Week
My favorite name games are the ones that have HUGE families that have 6-10 kids + grandkids+ pets

araminta Says:

April 30th, 2011 at 10:37 pm

I love nameberry!

My favourite forums are probably ‘What names are you considering for your baby?’ and ‘Talk about names’ (although the latter is sometimes very quiet); I like ‘name games’ too, although the posters who lurk there often have noticeably different tastes from other boards, which I sometimes find off-putting. I love to read about British baby names and any mention of the Telegraph is great (I collect all of my favourite telegraph names and sibsets in a word document :))I love a lot of nameberry lists, with Hipster coming to mind first. I also enjoy reading about names from literature, art and history, as well as blogger’s naming stories.
I’d love to see a forum just for polls, or else it’d be nice to be able to create multiple polls in the one topic/post. I’m sure I’m not the only berry who doesn’t always feel like or have time to post detailed responses, but want to contribute nonetheless, and there is something very enjoyable about voting, and comparing reactions to different names through polls.

isabel Says:

May 1st, 2011 at 11:12 am

i love the british baby names and the hipster thing. i love how everyone on nb has such classy taste– that’s unusual to find.

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