Category: baby name games

Rename Your Family!

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Some of us think about renaming our babies.  We may also fantasize about renaming ourselves.  And pets — well, yesterday’s Tuffy could easily morph into tomorrow’s Toto.

So why not indulge our name-changing fantasies, if only here on Nameberry?  Here’s your chance to rename your entire family — you, your partner if you have one, your children, your parents and/or your siblings, even the goldfish if you’re so inclined.  Define who’s included in your family however you wish.

The rules: In the interest of sanity, the new names need to start with the same letter as each person’s old name.  And you have to change everyone’s names, even if you think they were perfect to begin with!

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One thing we’re finding really mesmerizing about our gorgeous new Top 1000 U.S. names page is how easy it is to read across each line and compare the names of each gender that have the same rank.  Some of the pairs seems perfectly matched — Sarah and Henry at Number 43, for instance, or Cadence and Skyler at Number 290 — whereas other equally-ranked pairs feel discordant.

We can’t help thinking, as we survey the list, which pair we’d pick if we had a baby girl and a baby boy and had to choose their names from the same line.

Annabella and Lorenzo sound pretty great together, we think.   Or maybe Lilah and Beau, or Camilla and Zachariah.

But we’re really more interested in finding out which pair you’d pick, if you had to choose names for your only daughter and only son from the same popularity rank?  And why?  Do you really like both names equally, or do you simply think they make the most balanced set?

Here’s the link again to the new Top 1000 page: https://nameberry.com/search/popular_names

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Name the All-Boy Quints!

All-boy quintuplets are very rare, so naming them is one of those name nerd fantasies that is unlikely ever to come true.

But we can dream, can’t we?

Over in our forums, there are nearly 500 pages of responses to the name game challenge to name a set of all-boy quints.

For further inspiration, here’s a list of all quintuplets born in the world, at least as of last year. An all-boy set in Pennsylvania has the excellent names of Ian, Wesley, Sawyer, Micah and Travis. Alabama‘s Guttensohn quints, pictured here, are named the compatible Hunter, Parker, Tanner, Taylor, and Mason.

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When we started Nameberry, way back in ’08, we’d never heard of Baby Name Games.  Yes, we’d played them, but only privately, by ourselves, and only then before adolescence.  We didn’t realize that the whole idea of name games had become institutionalized and that they were played in broad daylight (or at least, computer light) by name lovers all over the internet.

And then we launched Nameberry, and some of the first visitors to the site asked us to add Baby Name Games to the forums.  Once we did, we were amazed by the variety and energy of the offerings.  There are nearly 1500 threads on the Name Game boards now, some of them running to thousands of individual posts.

With those kind of statistics to live up to, it might be difficult to create the World’s Biggest Name Game here.  But we’re going to try.

Here’s the idea.  It’s pretty simple, and takes off from our trademark construct, “If you like x, you might love y.”

We’ll go first, suggest a name you might like, then a substitute you might love instead.  Then you take our substitute name for your “like,” and suggest a new alternative for that name.  And so on.

For example, we say, “If you like Lee, you might love Liam.”  Then you say, “If you like Liam, you might love Levi.”  And then the next person says, “If you like Levi, you might love Denim,” and the next person starts with Denim, and onward.

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Throwing a baby shower, for yourself or someone else?   Nameberry Style columnist Elisabeth Wilborn of The Itsy Factor today suggests a name-themed shower game that’s a lot more modern and fun than covering the expectant mom’s bump with gift bows.  Plus ten fresh ideas for the perfect shower gift. And click here if you’re shopping for baby shower supplies.

Are you looking for an original group activity for your friend’s baby shower?  Registering for your own and don’t even know where to begin?

We’ve got you covered on both counts.

First of all, baby of course needs a name.  Liven up the party by having your guests play this baby name brainstorm shower game.

Names are crazier and more creative than ever these days.  Anything goes: Names from history, place names, last name names, animal names, hero names, even word names like Ever and Moxie.

To help come up with some fresh ideas, ask the guests to fill in the blanks with names of people, places, and things important in their own lives.  Remember: the more individual and meaningful, the better.  Feel free to improvise here, and please share your answers below!

A.) paternal great-grandmother’s first name + favorite tree

B.) place where you honeymooned + cartoon character

C.) favorite musician’s surname + father’s birth stone

D.) maternal grandmother’s maiden name + favorite color

E.) author of choice + favorite animal

F.) mother’s birth flower + father’s high school mascot

G.) favorite film character + mother’s alma mater

H.) your childhood nickname + grandfather’s occupation

I.) father’s middle name + street where you grew up

J.) children’s book character + paternal grandfather’s first name

Okay, so maybe you won’t really find the perfect name for the baby in this game, Jamaica Tweetybird and McNulty Orange not making it onto your short list.  But you’ll have a lot of fun and learn some new things about your friends in the process.   Plus, everybody loves to talk about names, and this is a non-threatening (to the expectant parents) way to let friends and family get into the baby naming act.

After you move on from the food and entertainment portion of the shower, it’s time for baby gifts!  There is so much stuff in the baby world it can be overwhelming to decide what’s best.  These choices all bear the seal of mother approval.  Here are our top 10 suggestions for every new parent:

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