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Tell Us About Your Berry Alias!

August 21, 2012 Pamela Redmond

Linda and I were talking about our beloved Berries the other day, naturally calling people by their Berry names since for the most part we don’t know their real names, when suddenly dawn broke.

Hey!, we thought.  Here we are, a name site, with lots of regular visitors who are fascinated by names and think and know a lot about the subject, and yet they’re known by names they’ve invented for themselves.  So where did those names come from?

That started us thinking about how the internet had given rise to a whole new era of self-naming and name invention as well as reinvention, giving us all the opportunity to devise new names for ourselves via our email addresses, our screen aliases, our Twitter handles, the Facebook middle names and respellings meant to throw school administrators and prospective employers off the track…..

We wondered if the web’s demand that we rename ourselves might be making people more interested in names in general and also more open to non-traditional names such as word names, color names, animal names, invented names and yooneek spellings.  If you’re an academic onomast looking for a subject for your Ph.D. thesis, that might be a good topic; please let us know your findings.

Meanwhile, closer to home and real life, we wondered how and why all of you chose the names you use on Nameberry.  Some of you may not be willing to share the secret meaning and codes embedded in your Berry aliases, but if you are, we’d love to hear it.

We’re also aware that some of you chose Berry names on the fly and now would love to change them, though our system (ironically enough) does not make that easy.  So tell us about that too!

Have you joined us on Facebook yet?  Come on over!

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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