Would You Crowd-Source Your Baby’s Name?

October 2, 2012 Pamela Redmond

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?

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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