Blog Crack

Do you like names?

I’m obsessed with names. I think I may have to have 8,432 children just so I can use all my favorites. Sometimes I go to baby naming websites just to poke around.

I think about them, I write them out, I imaging various combinations, just to get to the perfect name.

I actually have (careful, your OCD is showing) a list of top ten names by letter for boys and girls. Think about that. 10 names per letter for boys and girls. 26 letters x 2 genders= 52 letters total x top ten list = 520 names.

Scary obsessive. I also have a secret list of my super-duper-uber favorite names that I don’t tell anyone, in case they might steal them. A few I’ve thrown in when talking to my mom (who, thankfully, loves names as well) just to get her reactions, but without letter her know they’re the all-time faves list. A couple she liked, a couple she didn’t. One of those got bumped because of her response, the other is still there, waiting for its comeback.

I’ll talk names with anyone. If you’re a friend of mine, you know this. Mindy sat through HOURS when she was pregnant the first time and we did the 2nd as well, but it was harder because I wasn’t living here and these conversation are best had over large plates of dessert.

Elena and I, both single with no children, have talked names.

Justin and I have talked names. I actually know his all-time favorite name and he helped me develop one of mine, through what started as a joke. (Nope, not telling, its on the list).

My mom is by far my most friendly supporter. When my brother was preparing for my nephew, we had idea after idea. And we got Simon. Then my sister announced and mom and I were over the moon. But, turns out, my sister had almost zero interest in discussing names, which was the saddest part of her pregnancy, for me. And we got Arionna.

You’d think online would be a mecca for baby names, and it is, but I’ve found that my tolerance for strangers insistence that “my child’s name is the greatest” wears very thin. It’s not a competition!

One day, I found this site, which indulges two of my loves, baby names and making fun of the crazies on the internet. I’ll warn you right now, I found this site YEARS ago and I still visit it regularly. I’ve read every word of each of the fifteen sections, multiple times, and I find the humor each and every time. This site makes me howl with laughter. Literally. I have actually laughed until I cried, reading this. I’ve sent the link to pregnant friends countless times. It is one of the few websites I can’t help coming back to.

Then, through the miracle that is blog hopping, I found the site Swistle: Baby Names.  People evidently write in with a list of names and rules for names real children and then she gives advice and suggestions. It is also open to comments, so the crazies are welcome to participate. And then, once the children are born, she posts updates on what the name actually is.

It is crack for blogs.

I’ve gotten next to nothing done today. (Which evens out how busy I was yesterday I suppose, this way no one can accuse me of working too hard!) I found this blog early this morning and I have spent most of the day reading it. It is possible that I could salvage some of the day and do some real work–since it is only 2:15, but it’s not looking good.

Truthfully, I can’t get enough. I love to read what other’s are thinking and then judge them for thinking that way. It might just be my favorite hobby. It isn’t like this blog is particularly funny, but there is something about the plethora of names in one place, I can’t help it. Entry after entry after entry, I just keep reading. Even knowing I should stop, I can’t quit.

Then I get to an update and I have to know what they decided upon. I’m powerless to stop my fingers from clicking. If this is what crack addiction feels like, um, yeah. I’m going to stop that train of thought right there.

Meanwhile, if you love baby names, hop on over and talk with me. Somebody shoot me a top five list, at the very least. Ten if you really love me. Boys, girls, mixture, I don’t care.

Lists of names? I get chills. My tippy-top favorites nicely bundled together.

To keep you coming back for more, here are a few of my very favorite name sites on the ‘net.

Think Baby Names

Baby Name Wizard

Baby Name Genie



So, if you’re like me and you don’t think you can go for a week without pausing to consider a name, check out one of these sites. They aren’t the most common, but they’re definitely the most interesting.

(Wow, I’ve been writing this post so long I can’t even remember how it starts. I kept getting distracted by the links. I’m not going back. I’m hitting publish and then going to read the live version. Fingers crossed it makes sense from start to finish!)


16 thoughts on “Blog Crack

  1. Fav boy names (since I didn’t get one):
    Anthony (Chris hates it)
    Sterling (again)
    Vincenzo (Enzo for short), if I could have gotten away with it and used my maiden name!

    I got my fav girl names, but I still like some of the classics:

    We agonized over Abby’s name for three days in the hospital, so I have a bit of an obsession too. Plus there were 9 mos before that to try and hash it out. Sophie we knew immediately.

    Lisa is at the BOTTOM of the list–too 70s and way too boring.

    • Ooh, so excited.
      Anthony–I have to go with Chris on this one. Never understood the appeal.
      Sterling!!!!!!!!!! (I can’t believe this–I’m going to fess up, this is one of my names on my super-secret all time list! LOVE it)
      Marco/Carlo-very ethic. I like Marco a lot, but he’d have to be a forceful personality to pull it off. I’m less convinced by a Carlo–seems a bit feminine
      Vincenzo I adore, but you’d have to be a Corleone or an Iovene (did I spell that right?) to pull it off. I’m a huge fan of the americanized Vincent, so definite agree, there.

      Annabella is gorgeous, and on my lists.
      Josephine I go back and forth. Some days I think it’s awesome and then I think, “don’t want a Josie…”
      My middle name is Katherine, so if you change the spelling, I like. But as the full name, which doesn’t happen. I do NOT want a Katie. Too many of those and they were HUGE when I was growing up.

      Abigail is one of my favorites, but I wish it weren’t so popular. Is Sophie a Sophia?…same story as Abby, love it, gorgeous name, wish it weren’t so popular.

      And “Lisa”, yeah, I’d have to agree…

      • Yes, Sophie is Sophia and Abby is Abigail–we wanted them to have options! We knew there would be several Abbys, but there aren’t as many as I had thought! Plus we’ve played with the name so any negative nicknames would be old news: Crabby, Scabby, Flabby, etc. See–we think ahead!

        And sorry, but the correct spelling is Catherine (MY middle name). Just like the queens of old…


      • I think that is exactly what a girl’s name should be. Long and elegant, with a snappy little nickname that will fit her if she’s a little tomboy-ish. I love them both. It’s probably why they’re so popular.

        And it is unfortunate, both that your parent’s spelled your middle name…wrong, and that you said “just like the queens of old”. While you may not know this, my family can tell you, I’ve long been obsessed with historical monarchies and while it is true that “catherine the great” was Empress of Russia, you’re forgetting about:

        Katherine of Aragon-Queen of England (1st wife of Henry VIII)
        Kathryn Howard-Queen of England (5th wife of Henry VIII)-and yeah, she used the “y” but it’s still a K!
        Katherine Parr-Queen of England (6th wife of Henry VIII)

        (Although, eventually, I’ll have to spot you “Queen Catherine” as Kate Middleton is, evidently, a Catherine)

  2. Oh u so didn’t know this about you!!! We could have talked for HOURS while I was there. I love hearing new names and you might just come in handy if I can talk mike into another one. I definitely need to hear your list of “h” names. I haven’t had much luck with those.

    All I got rite now is boys: Holden and hogan and girls: Harper, Perryn, and Channing. None of which I am sure I could get him to agree on. He doesn’t like anything new and cool.

    • Um, I wish! I, for sure would have named your future baby for HOURS while you were here. I guess we’ll survive doing it via email and texts and my blog. Or else I’ll just have to come visit you!.

      H names: (Boys) Holden (love it!), Harding, Hastings, Hayden, Harden, Hackett, Hudson, Hutton…just off the top of my head!
      (Girls) Halley, Hartley, Haven, Helsa, Hessia, Hestia, Harper, Harlow, Healey…to name a few.

      I love both Perryn and Channing, very cute! Don’t like Ryanne, like Charlie, but only if it is short for something. Charlotte?

      Ridge I like a lot, but, again, I’d rather it was short for something. Ridger? Ridgely? Ridgeway? (Don’t use Ridgway…Kim’s last name. Weird)

      Other names you might like (and again, I’m going off the top of my head here):
      Boys- Anders, Wylan, Thatcher, Packard (bet your mom likes that one!), Ramsay, Creeden
      Girls- Tatum, Ainsley, Kenley, Tayla, Verena, Geneva

      See? I could do this all day!

    • You can’t say he likes NOTHING new and cool….you talked him into Hadley, didn’t you? That’s not run of the mill at all. And, if he still balks, promise him that the baby’s middle name can be Bryant–boy or girl! Then he’d be on board for sure.

      • He did go with Hadley but might be because that was the girl name I had for hunter and it had a long time to grow on him or he just didn’t want to go thru the whole naming process again! Nice one though…..Bryant…he”ll be impressed with that!!!!
        Hudson was on my list for h too an that has a background with it too!!
        I didn’t know her last name was ridgeway (don’t think I knew it all). We have a little boy in my class names ridgeway. I’m not really one for “short” names. I don’t really see the point in naming a child something if your not gonna call them that.
        Our biggest problem would be deciding if we should stick with an “h” name or something else. Is 3 same letter names too many? Would the third one stick out and wonder why? I always said I would NEVER name my children with the same letter. See how that turned out….never say never!!

      • Yes, Hudson is fantastic. Hudson Bryant B___. Good name!And the connection is also very cool.

        I know some people feel that way about “short” names. But I try to think long term, when they’re an adult, shouldn’t they have the option? My whole family calls me Liv or Livi and 99%of my friends do, too. But, professionally, I’m Olivia. I like the longer, more formal name to use at work. I guess, when your name is Sara, it might be a different experience for you. Ridge isn’t so bad, but Charlie is clearly a nickname, so I’d wonder what it was short for? That’s my take.

        I think that you don’t HAVE to have an H name, but the third one would stick out more. However, you didn’t name Hunter and Hadley that way on purpose, those were just the names you chose and they ended up that way. So, my advice is to choose the name you like the best. But if you could come up with an H name that you love, I think it would be cute.

        Hunter, Hadley and Hudson!

      • I was just on Swistle and she gave someone this advice….

        “I don’t think there’s any reason to feel you OUGHT to do either one of those things: twice isn’t enough to make it feel awkward to break the theme.” Isn’t that interesting?

        I’d agree, twice is not a pattern. However, let’s say, for argument’s sake that you got preggo with twins and named them Hudson and Perryn, that would be weird.

        But, Hunter, Hadley and Perryn isn’t weird at all. (Man, I really like Perryn for a girl!)

      • Ok just you know I haven’t gotten anything accomplished with Ll these sites you suggest. I could sit all day and read!!!!
        Thought of some more on my list….I know I should write them down…..Harley, Jagger, braelyn….dang forgot already….really do need to write them down!!
        A friend of mine is having one soon and they are naming him trace Cullen (yes like Edward Cullen) family name.

      • You are the second person to tell me that today!

        It happens to me a lot! I shouldn’t be allowed to work at a computer because I am forever finding fascinating things to look at.

        Harley is on my H list for you. Jagger I like, but it sounds very trendy. And he’d have to be tough, can you imagine a wimpy kid named Jagger? Braelyn I don’t like, the spelling throws me off. Plus, there’s an expression “braying like an ass” that I immediately thought of when I said it out loud.

        I like Trace a lot. Cullen I also like the sound of, but the Twilight connection would be enough of a reason for me never to use it.

  3. So I went on Nymbler and put Arionna’s name in, found quite a few I liked…but the best was Aalecia.( I really do like the name) and I think it would go well w/Arionna. But the best is the weird spelling, isn’t it great?

    • You’re evil. I don’t even know how to say that name. Alicia? If that’s it, then NO–I hate that name. Alicia sounds bitchy.

    • How about: Mattea (Call her Tea? That’s Tay-a, not Tee)?

      Tea and Ona? Arionna and Mattea? Or, if you’re awesome, call them Ari and Mattie?

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