I know, I have so many posts I keep threatening to write about, plus I’m in serious arrears on Molly’s tag, but today we’re going to help out a friend in need—a pregnant lady in search of a name.
A friend of mine is pregnant with her first child and wrote recently asking for name suggestions. This is like asking the Pope for a blessing—I LOVE names. If I were a sociologist, I would study names. Instead, I do this.
My friend Sarah is also big on the names (we love to dish on the latest nutty celebrity baby names, you know, like this one), and she has found a few resources that are must reads for any potential parent, and, well, anyone who agrees that one “y” per name is plenty.
So, gathered for the first time, I bring you a List of Essential Baby Naming Resources
1. The classic: Baby’s Named a Bad, Bad Thing: A Primer on Parent Cruelty
(Also a helpful naming tool, for real—the forums are filled with lists of names from people who like only classic, traditional or what they deem sophisticated names—no Tirreineahs here.)
This one goes back to the early days of the Mykynzi (Mackenzie) naming craze, with unedited excerpts from real questions posted on baby naming sites, and the author’s wicked responses.
my hubby got on a kick of the names rhyming, believing we would have no more. lol, we are due in nov! so, i am in a tight place. my dd is kaesyn paige,(jason w/ a “k”), and my son is richard brycin (goes by mn.) if this bb is a girl, her name will be adecyn shai (addison shay)…i need a boys name w/ the “sin” sound, not the spelling! lol! i am not fond of jaxon, but my dh likes aryxon (erikson) and i am fond of tycen. …
If in typing the name out you have to follow it immediately with another version in parentheses, because otherwise no one would have the slightest clue this was supposed to be a name and not Klingon for “Wax my forehead, supple wench,” then, well that’s a bad, bad name.
2. The Utah Baby Namer for parents looking for that distinctive name that says “I’m a Utah Mormon!”
Not being from Utah, I didn’t know the originality that some Utaheans put into naming their progeny. SUCH AS:
Sleeza, Beefea, Fairlene, StormiAnn, DeVerle (the father) and VerleDe (the son), DuWhitVandeeOn, LaVeDrienne, NaLa’DeLuhRay, Jennyfivetina, Tiarrhea, VulvaMae (I know!), DaLinda LaDale, Tugdick, Saunsceneyouray, and, yes… Clitoris.
Okay, okay, enough fun. Since I am pretty sure JaCySyn and Vernla are NOT on my friend’s list, let’s see if we really can help her out.
3. Name Voyager by Baby Name Wizard
Now this is really cool. Type in a name you like, and with really cool visual renderings, shows you the popularity for any given year.
4. Looking for a sibling name? Or looking for name suggestions only in your taste, thank you very much? Enter up to six names you like into Nymbler, and it will give you lists of names in a similar style. You can even block out names you don’t like to teach the program what kind of names you DO like.
5. The old “can’t live without it” tool, the Social Security Administration’s annual list of top 100 names. You can check the popularity of the top 100 for any year after 1879, and check national vs. your own state—you’re bound to find something here.
6. Wondering what names are popular RIGHT NOW in your area? Take a tour of the web nursery at your local hospital, and see if your little Logan will have any other Logans in his nursery school class. (The answer? Three of them. Plus three Zacharys, two Avas, two Graces and a Brianna and Zianna.)
Okay readers, it’s your turn. Help a pregnant lady out. She likes both traditional names and some slightly different names, but not too different. A few names on their lists so far are Oliver, Leo, Blake, Tanner and Hayden for a boy and Caroline, Lindsay, Brinkley, Julia and Annie for a girl. She would consider a last name as a first name.