To find baby names, most of us turn to the same few sources: name books, name websites, family trees, life experiences, pop culture…
And then there are those lucky people who have gotten baby names straight from their dreams. Not daydreams — literal overnight dreams.
If you’re one of these people, please take a minute to fill out a short survey, 6 questions total. Why? Because I’d like to know more about this phenomenon. (Eventually I’d like to see if they can be reverse-engineered, perhaps using dream incubation techniques, but for now I’d just like to collect and analyze some data.)
So what do you think we should call a baby name that comes from a dream? An oneironym (“dream” + “name”)? How about a somnonym (“sleep” + “name”)? Something else?