“I love that site”

~someone on Reddit*

Nancy’s Baby Names was founded in early 2006. It was one of the first baby name blogs! These days the site has two main sections: the blog, updated every weekday, and the directory, featuring bazillions of baby name popularity graphs. Well, over 100,000 anyway.

The “Nancy” behind the site is me, Nancy Man. I’m a Harvard-educated, Colorado-based writer who has been fascinated by names since childhood. (My first name obsession was Flavilla.)

My mission is to dig up baby names that have cool stories/explanations. I do deep-dives into the U.S. baby name data to unearth gems like Trilby, Korla, Thedy, Iuma, Leneve, Calizza, Qiana, Tierney, and Uldine. I’ve written about hundreds of these names — some for the first time ever on the internet (!) — and I’ve got hundreds more on deck. To see everything I’ve found so far, check out the History in the Names page.

Over the years, my name-writing has been cited by many other websites, including New York Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, the U.S. Census Bureau, Woman’s Day, Redbook, Daily Mail, Mental Floss, HuffPo, Vice.com, The Week, etc.

I love hearing from readers, so feel free to get in touch! Here’s the contact page.

And here are some ways to support me, just in case you’re interested. :)

*Reddit comment.