If you’ve exhausted the name books, name websites, and multiple family trees, here are five more ideas for places to look for baby name ideas.
- Go look up or keep a running list of the names of authors of books or articles you read recently.
- Check out the options listed in the credits for your favorite movies.
- Page through directories from your workplace or place of worship.
- Pick your favorite decade and look at the top names in a particular country during that decade (for the US, try the SSA website here).
- Read the dictionary. Find words that sound beautiful to you, and then search the web for names that have those same sounds.
BONUS: once you find names, how do you narrow them down? If you are looking for a certain level of popularity or rarity, check out this website, which will tell you how likely a child with that name is to meet someone else with that name.
SECOND BONUS: wondering how other people view a particular name? Check out this website that will give you spelling variations, gender perceptions, and popularity trends.
This post is the fifth part of a six-part series on naming. Check out the other articles here.