The Amazing Names That Won This Year’s Invent-A-Name Contest
A sincere thank you to all the berries who submitted entries to this year’s Nameberry Invent-a-Name contest—all 244 of you. We were overwhelmed by not only the creativity and originality of the names themselves (giving us lots of new submission ideas for the NB database), but also the thoughtfulness of the reasoning behind them, and the overriding optimism for the improved state of the world in 2018 expressed by so many of you!
Among those under consideration were cool place names like Zealand and Zurich, word names including Veranda, Zenith and Truce, and some very usable smooshes like Miralba, Ellisander and Ellanova. More than one person suggested Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Alabanza.
So choosing the winners was a far from easy task, leading to some spirited discussion among us. But here they are, with the reasoning behind them.
The lovely ROSALUNA by pindorama, who wrote, “The thorns of the rose represent the “danger,” the unstable world we are now living in, while the beauty of the rose represents the potential for greatness if we overcome our obstacles. Luna, the moon, so far and so perfect and mysterious is the ideal we have for all humanity.”
1. SPERO from Arthurian: “This ancient word for “hope” would make a great name for either a boy or a girl. It is short, sleek, easy to pronounce and its meaning is especially applicable for 2018. As we begin the new year, though continuing to live in times of uncertainty, hope remains the backbone of our society. With hope for a better future, we can all do our part to create a better year and, most importantly, a better world.
2. ELYSIAN by fictionalism: “The word elysian is defined as “heavenly, blissful or delightful”, which is a great meaning to have in this world of nothing but negative and depressing news. Elysian is a strong, slightly tomboyish name due to its ‘sian’ ending, with the benefit of a cute and currently popular style of nickname such as Elle, Ella or Ellie.”
3. XENNA, by Mermuse, “The letter X is hot right now, but I chose it more for its connotations of the future and the unknown. I feel like we are on the brink of a future where who knows what will happen—even a colony of an unheard of ‘Planet X’ isn’t too far-fetched of a near-future possibility!”
SPECIAL MENTION for thinking outside the box to pepperandprincess for coming up with MITU—a unisex name, “a name rooted in the #metoo movement, symbolizing giving a voice to the voiceless, courage, and the best use of our technology. The evolved spelling is because 2018 will be a year for the silence breakers to continue but also develop and evolve the movement.”
The Prize: A beautiful hand-crafted name bracelet. Congratulations to @pindorama!
Now for this week’s forums roundup, from Nameberry’s head mod @katinka:
— Lovers of unusual names this way! What would you suggest for this family of fantastically adventurous namers?
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on January 29th, 2018 at 10:07 am
What cool names! I particularly love Zealand, Zurich, and Zenith, all so zesty.
I’m glad my choice of Veranda got a look. It’s a place name (the veranda is a good destination when you’re too tired to head to Zurich, or work). It has a hospitable, cozy, pleasantly lazy domestic vibe as the veranda is the intermediary area between one’s house and the street.
Plus I love the name Vera beyond reason and later I realized Randy would be a fun nickname, for me b/c I long ago fell in love with Miranda “Randy” Melendy in Elizabeth Enright’s amazing children’s stories called the Saturday series.
Also Rand could be a nickname, more unisex and brisk.
on January 29th, 2018 at 10:52 am
Great runners-up, too — I love Spero and Elysian especially. The entries were such fun to read through!
on January 29th, 2018 at 12:30 pm
Good job Berries that came up with such awesome invented names. So inspiring to read the names that were invented.
on January 29th, 2018 at 1:11 pm
Rosaluna is fabulous, and I love the reasoning! Great job, pindorama!
on January 29th, 2018 at 1:18 pm
Congrats pindorama! The name Rosaluna is beautiful and I love the meaning behind it.
on January 29th, 2018 at 4:02 pm
Spero is SO cool, it’s going straight on my middle name list
on January 29th, 2018 at 5:32 pm
I know a little girl named Elysian! It’s out there on real kiddos! She’s most often called Ellie.
on January 29th, 2018 at 5:38 pm
While these names (the winner and runners-up) are all cool, they’re also ALL listed on the BabyCenter.com naming site, so I would have thought they’d be disqualified on that basis. Personally, I had trouble coming up with names that were not included there.
on January 29th, 2018 at 6:40 pm
I honestly don’t feel like any of these should have qualified as they are all on other baby names sites. Especially Xenna which is basically just a younique spelling of Xena.
on January 30th, 2018 at 9:42 pm
Wow, thank you so much! I’m so honored to have my name chosen. I was really trying to go for a feminine elaboration on/personification of the letter ‘X,’ and this came to mind with its built-in “zen”-like sound/feel… I’m so glad you liked it! 🙂
on March 6th, 2018 at 11:01 am
My name is Waco and I have only met one other person with that name and they were male. (I’m female). I’ve often wondered what it would take to make it a name that people would consider when naming their child. I couldn’t even get my own daughter to use it!
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