Welcome to the New Nameberry

Notice anything different?

After two years, an eon in web time, nameberry has a new design with lots of fresh ways for you to navigate our thousands of pages of information and find the very best baby name.  As much as we loved the original nameberry — that’s the adorable Baby Spike, as we called him, who graced the first incarnation of the site — it was time to make the growing, changing site easier to navigate.

Designer Lesley Marker, a genius at simplifying complex information and, you know, making stuff look beautiful, designed the new site, and nameberry wizard Hugh Hunter made the whole thing dance.  Find out more about them and our new intern Rob on our updated About Us page.

While the bones of the site are the same, we’ve added several new features:

Name Ticker: Along the top of the home page, a ticker tells you which names people are searching for right now.

Popularity Cloud: The name box on the home page will spotlight which names have been most popular on nameberry over the past 10,000 searches.

Advice Pages: You’ll notice a new Advice box on the home page, which will jump to advice on all kinds of baby naming subjects inside.

The Top 1000 Names: The entire US popularity list, served up in batches of 100.

A Full Directory of Girls’ Names: Now you can search all of our girls’ names alphabetically.

…and Boys’

Categorized Lists: Now it will be easier to see our hundreds of baby name lists, all newly categorized.  User lists are spolighted in the bar on the left.

Easier-to-Search Blogs:  Blogs are grouped into fewer, simpler categories, too.  You can also search by keyword.

And obviously, we’ve also got a fantastic new logo that we think spotlights the fun, variety, depth, and sophistication of nameberry, as well as an overall design that’s sleeker, simpler, more inviting.

And we’ve got more new features we’re planning to roll out in the weeks ahead: new columns, home page birth announcements, a nameberry store, improved message boards, a way to comment on every name on the site, to name just a few.

We’re still tinkering and working out the bugs, so please bear with us — and let us know what you like and what you don’t in the New Look Forum.

Thanks for being part of nameberry!

xxxx, Pam and Linda

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