Five-Name Friday – The Return of Suggestion Posts!

The people have spoken! Well, not all the people. Only those people who voted in the poll that was sitting in my sidebar for about a month.

In any case, those specific people spoke. That is, they voted. And what they voted for was a weekly baby name suggestion post.

But here’s the thing: I’m not going to do in-depth suggestion posts this time around. What I’ll do instead is focus on simplified baby name requests (up to 2 sentences each) and limited baby name suggestions (up to 5 from me, and up to 5 from every commenter). My hope is that these constraints will make participation easy and fun, like a game.

Ready to play? Here are the details…

Request Baby Names

Send me requests via the contact page or via social media. Here are some examples of requests you could send:

  • “I like the names Abigail, Rebecca and Catherine, but my spouse likes Allie, Ellie and Missy. What are girl names we’d both like?”
  • “What are some boy names that pay tribute to Dallas, Texas? They can’t start with the letter W please.”
  • “I want a girl name that makes people smile. Must sound good with the surname Jacobsen.”
  • “I love circuses! Please give me boy names associated with the circus.”
  • “I’m looking for a nature name for a baby boy that’s unlikely to be used for baby girls. Definitely cannot end in -a or -y.”
  • “What are some traditional but unexpected boy names that start with F, G, and H? His sisters are named Sarah and Tamar.”

You don’t have to be pregnant, or even planning to get pregnant, to place a request. And you can send as many requests as you like — either separately or all in the same email.

But I’ll only accept requests for first names that make note of gender in some way. And, as I said, no more than 2 sentences per request. (No run-ons, please.)

After you’ve sent a request (or several), subscribe to the blog. That way you can keep tabs on all future Five-Name Friday posts and see which requests get featured. Will one of them be yours?

Suggest Baby Names

We can’t start suggesting names until next Friday, so I’ll hold off on these guidelines for now.

But I will say that those who try to sneak extra names into their comments should expect to see said comments “fixed” in some embarrassing way by yours truly. (I’m very much looking forward to this…)


So what are you waiting for? Request away! (Or, send requests via Twitter or Facebook.)


Update, 8/30: Here’s the ever-growing Five-Name Friday archive!

4 thoughts on “Five-Name Friday – The Return of Suggestion Posts!

  1. When you said “make note of gender in some way” does that mean you won’t be doing requests involving unisex names?

  2. Unisex requests are fine. But babies are gendered, and that gender should be mentioned. (Even if we’re only talking about a hypothetical baby.) Having a gender in mind will help commenters come up with more fine-tuned suggestions. For instance, many names that are technically “unisex” do tend to see higher usage for either one gender or the other.

  3. Oh I see now – requests should be about names for one particular gender (rather than a request that is open for both genders), not that unisex names can’t be discussed at all.

  4. Right. Sorry I wasn’t clear in the post. The request can be for any type of name at all, but we do need to know the gender of the baby, just for context.

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