Monday, December 8

namevoyager


First, I read "The Baby Name Wizard." Then, I was introduced to NameVoyager's Name Mapper. If you're having a kid or thinking about having a kid or simply like to think about names sometimes (every babe needs a name, afterall) you'll have fun on this site that tells you how popular the names you're thinking about are ... and have been for the last 100 years or so.

I liked reading the book, too, because it gave in-depth insight and made me look at baby-naming in a whole new trend-pattern light. Here's what Laura Wattenburg has figured out about my name:

Allie
Popularity: #326
Style: Guys and Dolls, Nicknames
Variants: Ali
Sisters: Josie, Callie, Eliza, Tess, Maggie
Brothers: Jake, Max, Alex, Walker, Andy
*Allie's a particularly flexible nickname. It can be used as a diminutive for many different names, from offbeat antiques to ultra-modern creations. That gives Allie a timeless style that's not overly girlish. As a given name, it's cheerful and unpretentious.


Unfortunately, I don't have any sisters named Josie, Callie, Eliza, Tess or Maggie. But sometimes her system is right on the money. Even if frustrating (you thought you were original!) it's still fascinating.

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17 comments:

Lorilee said...

so, I think I just entered every person's name I know into the "name-o-meter".... first one being june :)

Joanna Goddard said...

awesome! my friend and i were talking about names yesterday, and it's always so fascinating! thanks so much for the link xo

Jessica Kettle said...

I love this book, it SAVED me when I was naming my son, MAX. =)

Anonymous said...

Weird! I actually know a pair of sisters who are Ali and Josi. Who knew.

lane said...

I was going to post about this bc I have been obsessed ever since you told me about it!

Are you saying you would rather have Josie for a sister?? :)

erica said...

i love the name voyager. nameberry is also a lot of fun. who knew how much work it could be to name a baby!

Dansie Family said...

we had fun with that, too. but it kind of makes the whole process more confusing. my last two kids were not named for at least a week after leaving the hospital.

thevintagechair said...

that is SO cool! I love it!! I'm going to have hours of entertainment with this.

Amanda Conley said...

Thanks for the link!

Michelle said...

HOW COOL, I am always thinking about my future kid names, I guess it is a thing with me, I would love to check that out!

citysage said...

I could play with the name voyager for hours on end...it's quite simply the most fascinating math related tool i've ever come across! and my husband thinks i'm not into graphs ;)

I'm convinced that 'Rudyard' is due for a big resurgence...it's been out of vogue for so long that it can't help but become cool again!

babelfish said...

This is cool, I have a friend who is expecting too (I'll send them the link), thanks!

Miss_Corrine said...

What a fascinating website.. thank-you! :)

celeste said...

Matt and I used this to name Gigi. One of the criteria for potential names for her was that none of the possibilities could have a recent uptick.

TheDecoDetective said...

I'll have to check this one out - my family and I are really into names, particularly what they mean! I've been browsing your older posts and saw that you, too, visited Italy this summer. I was in Rome, Florence and Siena. Crazy country, don't you think? Funny how we, when being tourists, always complain that there are too many tourists...

leptitpapillon said...

Waahh!! Pretty blog!!
I discovered your blog thanks to:
Creature Comforts
Happy 2009!

emily ballard said...

Hey, Ali. This is pretty cool. I saw this once and forgot about it. What are you naming your baby?