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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Hazel Says:

February 22nd, 2011 at 8:12 am

LOVING the new look Nameberry! And very excited for all the new features! Hope there is one to do with rating/voting on names on the site and member’s own lists! Keep up the Fab work!

Brooke Says:

February 22nd, 2011 at 8:58 am

what a refreshing change! you guys are awesome and I am officially addicted to this sight. it goes really well with my morning coffee…

thanks!

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GracePheiffer Says:

February 22nd, 2011 at 11:15 am

I’m sure you guys are working on this, but nothing comes up when you search for a name. I even searched for Anna and it told me “Sorry! There are no results!” or something to that effect.

pam Says:

February 22nd, 2011 at 11:26 am

I think that was a momentary glitch, Grace. It just worked for me.

Wildsyringa Says:

February 22nd, 2011 at 1:42 pm

LOVE the new Nameberry!

One glitch I’ve noticed, when you click on any individual list (like “If you Like Noah, You Might Love…”), none of the links to the additional lists located under the “You might also like these lists:” heading work. They just default to the list you’re currently viewing.

pam Says:

February 22nd, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Thanks for the tip, Wildsyringa! I’ve alerted our engineer.

Lola Says:

February 22nd, 2011 at 1:50 pm

LOVE the new layout & design! No hassles finding anything! For me, that’s a huge thing. I’m enjoying the color scheme quite a bit as well. Abbsolutely refreshing, Thanks!

Salome Says:

February 22nd, 2011 at 2:30 pm

It looks great, you guys! Congratulations!

GracePheiffer Says:

February 22nd, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Hmmm. It still keeps telling my “Sorry, not found!” I don’t think it’s my computer because it always searched well on the old layout.

Wildsyringa Says:

February 22nd, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Grace: It’s not just you. I’m also getting the “Sorry, not found!” error message periodically.

guest Says:

February 22nd, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Regarding: “a way to comment on every name on the site”…REALLY BAD IDEA! When I go to look up a name, I want to know the facts, not others opinions, if I want opinions, I will go to the message boards. Its just too much in your face opinions wise.

leffie Says:

February 22nd, 2011 at 7:16 pm

suggestion: would be nice to see a longer list of recent blog posts, only three is not enough.
the search tool definitively does not work any more, tried yesterday and today

pam Says:

February 22nd, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Hi everyone — Search not working for me right now either. I’ve got Hugh on the case. Sorry for the glitches. There are many but I hope it’s worth it in the end! Leffie, I hear you — we’ll post more of an archive. When search is working, you should be able to search blogs by any search term.

On inviting comments on names, that’s something we’ve been of two minds about all along. But after running nameberry for a few years without comments, we thought it might be time to invite the wonderful berries onto the individual name pages. I feel confident at this point that we won’t merely get a string of people saying, “It’s nice”!

guest Says:

February 22nd, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Rather then seeing the many advertisements, some of which are very large and distracting, I would suggest charging members a monthly fee to use the message boards maybe something like 20.00 a month, to help maintain the site. I have noticed that alot of sites are now doing this and it makes sense, they have to generate income to pay the people doing all the work behind the scenes. Just an idea.

namefan Says:

February 23rd, 2011 at 9:35 am

guest: I wouldn’t mind a small fee, but $20.00 every month is a bit steep (now that amount for a yearly subscription would be reasonable).

pam Says:

February 23rd, 2011 at 9:47 am

Namefan, I agree that $20 a month is too high and would undermine the size and diversity of the community on our message boards. Pay content of any kind hasn’t worked yet on the web and seems counter to the nameberry ethic. But I agree the ads can seem distracting. Lest you all think we’re raking in zillions of dollars from these ads, they just pay to keep the site going and growing; none of us make a penny yet for our work here!

Vikki Says:

February 24th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

If we notice site problems, is there a place we can go to report them. I love the look, but I clicked on ‘B’ under the Girl’s name and I got a blank screen rather than a list of girl’s names starting with a B.

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