Would You Crowd-Source Your Baby’s Name?

Okay, you’re Berries, of course you wouldn’t.

On the other hand, if crowd-sourcing your baby’s name is good enough for the most powerful new mom in corporate America…..

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and venture capitalist husband Zack Bogue had their first baby, a boy, on Sunday, and took to Twitter asking for name suggestions.

Nameberry, of course, rushed to the rescue, with these excellent (we thought) suggestions:

Amias (distinctive, plus you can get away with a three-syllable first name with a one-syllable last)

Barnaby (long AND alliterative)

Fielder (sporty, yet in an unconventional way)

Hart (romantic and poetic)

Lionel (sounds brave as well as musical)

Mayer (mais oui!)

Morrissey (maybe you’re Smiths fans?)

Sayer (if you like Mayer, you might love…)

Tobias (the stylish s ending works well with Bogue)

Wynton nn Wyn (because the power couple are such winners)

We also warned Mayer and Bogue NOT to name the baby Aiden, Brayden, Bentley, Jacob, Caden, Cohen, Mason, Jayden, Ethan, Noah, or Liam.  Or Jack or Jackson.  Simply because the world officially has enough boys with those names.

And, you know, we figured if they were asking strangers on Twitter for name advice, they might be kind of clueless.

So what do you think of the couple of the moment taking to the internet to solicit name ideas?  Smart?  Silly?  Sincere?  Or not?

Did you ask strangers online for name advice, on Nameberry and/or elsewhere, and how did that go?

What do you think of the internet as a source for name ideas?

And while Baby Boy Bogue may have a name by now, do you have any good name ideas to offer?

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10 Responses to “Would You Crowd-Source Your Baby’s Name?”

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JShores Says:

October 3rd, 2012 at 12:58 am

I love Fielder, Sayer and Tobias. Fielder is a new guilty pleasure of mine, but I worry it’s too “out there.” Maybe I’ll get up the courage to use it for a little boy. I also like Fielding. Lately I’ve really been liking Fielder Tallis.

maggiemary Says:

October 3rd, 2012 at 5:35 am

I think it’s a good idea. They don’t have to use one of the names suggested by people, but who knows, maybe someone will suggest a name that Mayer and Bogue hadn’t thought of before but will ‘leap out’ at them as the one. They’re not the only ones to have done this recently either, Supernatural star Misha Collins and his wife became parents to a baby girl (a little sister to West) last week, and Misha used his Twitter account to ask for name suggestions. As far as I know, they haven’t chosen a name yet, as Misha is very open with his fans on Twitter and there has been no name tweet yet!

PinkPenguin87 Says:

October 3rd, 2012 at 6:10 am

I agree with maggiemary; this is a good idea! As much as I love names, picking out and sticking with the name that your child will have to wear his entire life is a daunting task. Why not ask for a little help?

LexieM Says:

October 3rd, 2012 at 8:39 am

I don’t know. On NB we are all fairly anonymous in our asking for advice. Someone so famous asking for help on twitter feels odd to me. Also makes me wonder if they ask for names after he was born how much time they put into deciding before hand? Did they have a list and secretly hoped people would suggest or vote for one of those names? If not… I don’t know it’s a huge decision to make on the opinions of other and via twitter. But then again, I’m a Berry and probably have been naming my future children since I was 8. So I might feel anyone not agonizing over what the right name is for a minimum of a couple of months seem under prepared to me.

BellamynSora Says:

October 3rd, 2012 at 9:19 am

What’s the difference to asking on Twitter or on NB? I don’t really see any. It’s not as though she turned over full naming rights to her Twitter followers. She asked for suggestions. She might not take a single one of them. This post seems a bit snobbish to me, like you couldn’t possibly get a good name idea anywhere but NB.
Anyway, Twitter ect seems to me a really good way to let people vent all those “helpful” name ideas they have and you can tune them out whenever you want.
About the names…of your suggestions I have to say that I like Tobias best.

skizzo Says:

October 3rd, 2012 at 10:02 am

Funny you suggest them not to name them Bentley or Cohen, and not names like Jacob, Michael, John, David, James, William, Alexander, which are FAR more popular and overused. Totally biased opinions…

Mischa Says:

October 3rd, 2012 at 10:13 am

I guess one can view it two ways.


It smacks of desperation. Since you’re most probably Type A and super-organized individuals, I would have thought that you would have had a name already picked out.

They’re too busy or lazy to research names themselves.

They know they’re “name search” will become news so it’s free publicity for their companies.


Since they’re up-to-date on the latest technology, they’ll use any resource available to them to find that “perfect” name.

Personally, I think there is a big difference between asking for name advice on Twitter/Facebook and websites like Nameberry. Nameberry and other name sites allow for anonymity to a large extent. Namesites also have people who have been studying names for years, know the current trends, what names are hot and what names are not. If you want information about something so specific, I would stick with the experts.

katybug Says:

October 3rd, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I really like the idea of Barnaby Meyer Bogue! Very dashing.

Saracita00 Says:

October 3rd, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Shouldn’t that be, “Okay, you’re Berries…of course you HAVE crowd-sourced!” Is it actually possible that anyone here at Nameberry really doesn’t see that? LOL

What else would you call forum posts with titles like, “What would you name Hugo’s Sister,” and “Looking for a First Name to go with Family Middle”??

Or who hasn’t posted a, “What should we name the baby” poll, or teased their relatives at the family reunion by telling them to put in their suggestions, or let their friends offer up their best guesses at the baby shower?

What’s the difference when a techy couple use techy media to have a little fun? Are they truly, seriously, looking for the kid’s name among the millions of smartypants replies for competing technologies (like “Google”) they are going to get?

Even if they are (which I doubt) how is that different from the hundreds who come through Nameberry looking for suggestions and feedback? Will posting an anonymous demographic on yourself solicit better name ideas than if you’re famous and people feel like they know you? Is it less “personal” when in any case, the parent has the last say? If a person is putting out a “feeler” for what’s cool and what’s not, how is it better to do it with one form of media versus another closely related one?

The irony here is priceless. Thanks Nameberry for bringing a laugh to my lips. And thanks Marissa and Zach for posing the question and bringing amusement to the masses, as I’m sure you intended (besides the possibility that you were also looking for free press, but hey good job on that too, pretty brilliant even if slightly pathetic!). Congrats on your baby boy, whatever you decide to name him.

rollo Says:

October 3rd, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Clearly she was too busy during her pregnancy to stop and ponder the naming of her child. I can’t imagine a woman with such drive leaving it to the multitudes.

I hope that she gets people giving her sensible suggestions, no Nevaeh’s or ‘aden’ names please.

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