My name is Elizabeth, and I created this blog on St. Patrick’s Day, 2016. I’m a recent college graduate with a passion for names!
My name journey started in preschool or kindergarten, when I began naming my dolls based on the personalities I imagined for them. By 8 or 9 I was “educating” pregnant relatives as to why they should name their baby such-and-such. When studying for the spelling bee during middle school, I discovered the “given names” section of my international dictionary. Soon afterwards, I tripped down the internet rabbit hole, and that’s when I could finally identify and acknowledge my hobby.
Over the years I’ve discovered that it’s possible to learn a lot about names – what they mean, how popular they are, and all sorts of other data. I also realized that a lot of people take to the internet for advice on naming their babies. Sometimes they’ll also look for advice on naming their pets or cars, which is cool too!
Primarily, I focus on American baby names – especially rare ones. My goals for this site are such: discuss, advise, and brainstorm about names. I also – this is ambitious, I know – would really love to influence how people name their children. There’s a lot to names. I believe it was Shakespeare who inquired: “What’s in a name?”