Need to narrow down your list of favorite baby names? See how they really stack up with a weighted decision matrix!
There are several ways to access this free spreadsheet:
- Use online via Google Drive: Weighted Decision Matrix for Baby Names
- You can also download a copy via Google Drive by clicking “File,” then “Download as,” then choosing a file format.
- Download directly from Nancy’s Baby Names (as XLSX only): Weighted Decision Matrix for Baby Names
Instructions are included in the file, but here’s a summary: you write in the traits you’re looking for in a baby name and “weight” each of those traits by importance. Then, you write in the baby names you’re considering and give each one some ratings. The spreadsheet will do the math and reveal which name best fits your criteria.
The file has two sheets — the first is blank, the second is filled out, as an example. (I randomly used the names Alexander, Zachary, Bartholomew, Heath, John, Ian, Xavier, Lucky, Walter and Maxwell on the example sheet.)
Let me know if you experience any problems with the spreadsheet and I’ll do my best to help you out.
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