To submit names: Put the
word "Favorites" (or "Favourites", if you prefer!) in the subject line (so I know
it's a list and don't just think it's spam or viruses). In the body, list your
top 5 girls' and top 5 boys' names. Write a short sentence or paragraph describing
why you like your favorite name(s). We will post the names you write descriptions
of on our site within a couple of weeks (hopefully)! We will not post the names
that you do not write descriptions about.
read the following guidelines before you submit names
1. Tell us why this name
is special to you!
Try to refrain from the general "I like Angela because it's nice" or "I like
Hannah because it's my favorite name." or "Chris--my brother's name." Those
sorts of statements don't really tell anything about what the name means to
you. I don't want to sound like your 3rd grade teacher here, but bear with
me--this page is to give people an idea of what names people like. Try to
sell your names! *what* makes a name nice? Is it because it's feminine/masculine
sounding? Have you always loved it? Does it belong to someone you admire?
If so, why would you use that person's name? Go into detail!
Please do not send me
your list more than once.
I only post the names up that have descriptions along with them. If you sent
only a list with no descriptions, you won't see it posted on a page. If you
would like to send more names you like, please do so, but Do not send the
same names you've already sent to me again! And most of all, please
don't keep sending me the same names under different pseudonyms and e-mail
addresses! Come on, this is getting to be a little psycho! If you don't
see your names posted in a couple of weeks, don't give up. There is only one
of us working on updating the names submitted page, and sometimes there is
a big backlog. I will get to your e-mail, don't worry!
Make sure you include
the genders of the names you select!
In this day and age, you never can be sure if names are for girls or for boys.
If you have a name you like for either gender, please specify, and we'll put
it on both lists.
4. Please include pronunciations,
if names are really unusual
Obviously, we all know how to pronounce Jane and John. However, if you like
really unusual names, like Mariciamee (mar ISH a may), then please include
pronunciation guidelines so we all know how to pronounce it!
5. Please DO NOT give
blanket descriptions of a bunch of names.
For example, "My favorite names are Cruella, Jeannie, Francine, Bobette and
Ralphella. I like these names because they are unusual, and were the names
of my favorite goldfish in 3rd grade." or "Ardasg, Tsoghig, Turvanda, Shnorhig,
and Kevork--these are all Armenian names that I think are wicked awesome."
Please include descriptions of EACH name, or we will put the blanket statement
only with the first name and not post the rest. Along with this, please don't
make references to things you said earlier in the e-mail. This may sound picky
and anal, but when I alphabetize the names together, people will only read
the description of what you have written for each name, so if you write:
Araxie- short, sweet, and reflects my Armenian heritage, which I think is
important in this impersonal Anglo-dominated day and age.
Shnork- same as above
It will just get confusing what you're talking about when I alphabetize everything.
6. You can submit your favorite single names or favorite names in combinations (first names with middle names). Either is fine.
In an ideal world, the
e-mail you sent to me will look something like this, and be in this format:
TO: norah at namenerds dot com
Hi! Your web site rocks!
I love you guys! I do nothing all day but sit and read your web pages! Here
are my favorite names:
Beulah Hermione Beulah is a beautiful, underused feminine name. It was the
name of my grandmother, who has been an inspiration to me all of my life.
I used to have a cat named Hermione, and I really miss her, and would like
to honor her in a name blah blah blah.
Kattellynnne Mare'ei I like the unique ways to spell the boring yet beautiful
names Katelyn and Marie
Aylishiah Kamerynn (ay-lee-SHYE-a kahm er EEN) I just think this name is
beautiful and unusual.
Sue Ann common, plain, dull, ordinary. Any literate person can spell or
read it. I can appreciate that, having lived all my life as Shnorhig Tchakhmakhtchian.
I love the way it sounds. It's silvery and smooth, yet slightly medicinal, like Bactine.
Tylyn Fabrice- I like the ambigendrous quality of the name. Plus, Fabrice
was the name of my favorite member of Milli Vanilli.
Buford -I like the honest, upstanding, Republican-voting sound of this classic
name. It is a perfect name for a baby, but will wear well on a teenager,
man, and a Senior Citizen.
Darshavon Illeyan- (dahr SHAY vawn eel ee YAWN) Darshavon was the name of
the town where I was born, and Illeyan is a corruption of the names of 2
characters that I play in the Dr. Who RPG.
Layne- Layne Beefcakis the name of my favorite character in a Harlequin Romance
Now that you've read
the guidelines, it's time to SUBMIT!
Mail your names to: Norah at namenerds dotcom!