Tuesday, December 2, 2008

November's Most Popular Baby Names

Here are the names that were popular on Nymbler in November:


Top 10 favorite names:
1. Charlotte (Same)
2. Ava (Same)
3. Benjamin (Same)
4. Jack (Same)
5. Amelia( +1)
6. Claire (+2)
7. Ella (-2)
8. Grace (+2)
9. Oliver (-2)
10. Finn (New)

Almost the same top 10 as last month, with a different order!

Top 5 brand new names:
1. Analeigh
2. Seven
3. Christmas
4. Hosanna
5. Finnian


Top 5 blocked names:
1. Abigail
2. Anna
3. Benjamin
4. Elizabeth
5. Ava


Top 5 emailed names:
1. Ava
2. Ella
3. Claire
4. Ethan
5. Grace

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Nymbler in Chinese on Babycenter

We partnered with Babycenter and just launched a Chinese version of Nymbler!


All our Chinese-speaking users can now get inspired in Chinese, just go to the following address:
http://cn.babycenter.com/babyname




Monday, November 3, 2008

October's Most Popular Baby Names

Here are the names that were popular on Nymbler in October:

Top 10 favorite names:
1. Charlotte (same)
2. Ava (same)
3. Benjamin (same)
4. Jack (+1)
5. Ella (+1)
6. Amelia (-2)
7. Oliver (new)
8. Claire (+2)
9. Caroline (new)
10. Grace (new)


Top 5 brand new names:
1. Jax
2. Roxy
3. Yan
4. Bea
5. Liesel


Top 5 blocked names:
1. Elizabeth
2. Anna
3. Abigail
4. Jack
5. Addison


Top 5 emailed names:
1. Ella
2. Charlotte
3. Benjamin
4. Claire
5. Lily

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

September's Most Popular Baby Names

Here are the names that were popular on Nymbler in September:

Top 10 favorite names:
1. Charlotte (+1)
2. Ava (-1)
3. Benjamin (new)
4. Amelia (+6)
5. Jack (-1)
6. Ella (+3)
7. Finn (new)
8. Owen (-3)
9. Lily (-3)
10. Claire (new)


Top 5 brand new names:
1. Kenley
2. Bristol
3. Sword
4. Trig
5. Caius


Top 5 blocked names:
1. Anna
2. Elizabeth
3. Abigail
4. Ava
5. Benjamin


Top 5 emailed names:
1. Charlotte
2. Amelia
3. Ava
4. Ella
5. Finn

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

August's Most Popular Baby Names

Here are the names that were popular on Nymbler in August:

Top 10 favorite names:
1. Ava (same)
2. Charlotte (same)
3. Oliver (+5)
4. Jack (-1)
5. Owen (same)
6. Lily (+1)
7. Grace (new)
8. Olivia (new)
9. Ella (-3)
10. Amelia (new)


Top 5 blocked names:
1. Anna
2. Hannah
3. Elizabeth
4. Jack
5. Ava


Top 5 emailed names:
1. Ava
2. Charlotte
3. Amelia
4. Oliver
5. Jack

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Talulah does the Hula with Nymbler

Nymbler has stored in its memory banks over 6600 names, each accompanied by interesting information such as its origin. That's a lot of names, and a lot of information! Yet even Nymbler will, from time to time, reply with a "huh?" when one inputs an unusual name.

Recently some parents from New Zealand were in the news because they decided to name their child "Talula does the Hula From Hawaii." The child, now 9 years old and traumatized by her name, was placed into court guardianship by a firm judge. Rumor has it that the child has a new name, not released of course due to her tender age.

We were curious about what Nymbler would say. We quickly learned that Talula, or in its longer form, Talulah, is not, as it turns out, in Nymbler's database.

But fear not, Nymbler can grow, and you can help! If you by chance input a name that Nymbler does not know, simply click "Add Name" and fill out, as completely as you can, the requested information. Through the wonder of the Internets your name will speed along to the Nymbler development team, and we'll get to work on adding it. Give us time though, we'll want to consult with our naming experts in order to provide you with the most accurate information and the best inspiration!

Now off to see about adding "Talulah"...

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Inspiration from the Jewel Box

A few of us around here at Nymbler have had kids of our own and know first-hand that prolonged confusion and uncertainty can permeate the babynaming process. Where to start? There are so many places to begin and yet once one gets started it can be difficult to keep inspiration flowing long enough to find that name that somehow -- works.

Today's source of inspiration: the jewelry box (of all places). But why not? One's baby is indeed precious. The name "Jewel" itself is a start, and plugged into Nymbler.com elicits a wonderful collection of names that are jewels, or sound like jewels, or are related to nature in other ways. For boys: Flint, Sterling, Stone - strong names, those! And girls: Jade, Crystal, and the sweetly old-fashioned Coral. And of course this being Nymbler there are many, many more to choose from or to select as favorites and feed back in!

So have fun- this is one jewelry-shopping trip that won't set you back!

Monday, August 4, 2008

July's Most Popular Baby Names

Here are the names that were popular on Nymbler in July:

Top 10 favorite names:
1. Ava (same)
2. Charlotte (same)
3. Jack (+1)
4. Anna (+1)
5. Owen (+4)
6. Ella (-3)
7. Lily (-1)
8. Oliver (new)
9. Benjamin (-1)
10. Elizabeth (new)


Top 5 blocked names:
1. Vaughn
2. Lena
3. Victoria
4. Reid
5. Anna


Top 5 emailed names:
1. Ava
2. Jack
3. Oliver
4. Benjamin
5. Owen

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Baby Name Inspiration: The Boys of Summer

Well, we’ve been busy working on all kinds of Nymbler projects lately, but it’s time to put down the wrench and wax philosophical on the all-important topic of baby name inspiration. And at this time of year, the boys of summer come to mind.

Here in Boston baseball is a pretty big deal. This year, we even have a celebrity Dad-to-be: Jonathan Papelbon. He and his wife, Ashley, are expecting their first child around New Year’s Day. Let’s give Nymbler the names of Mom and Dad Pabelbon for inspiration! Out come names like Lesley, Jolene, Dayna, Rusty, Rory, Jordan and Jarrod, and so many more.

So the great American pastime has much to offer for inspiration for children’s names- and in fact, with the great diversity of cultures that play on American teams, there are a wide variety of appellations to choose from.

Let’s take a look at that storied rivalry – the Red Sox versus the Yankees.

From Boston, how about these fantastic pitchers: Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Daisuke Matsuzaka, and of course Jonathan Pabelbon. One can’t forget the pitching prowess of Curt Schilling, who’s presently on the inactive list nursing a bad shoulder. We can add another “J” name with team captain, Jason Varitek. Infielders like Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis come to mind, as do smash hitters David Ortiz and Manny (Manuel?) Ramirez. But please, if you don’t mind, we will skip Coco (Coco Crisp) for now…

Turning to our favorite baby-naming web site, if we type in Daisuke, Manuel, Jason, and Jonathan as inspirations, a host of exciting names emerge for both girl and boy babies: Chihiro, Misaki, Abigail, Sabina, Tabitha, Jesus, Luis, Marshall, Preston… the list goes on and on.

Turning to the Yankees, we can for the moment set aside bad boy Alex Rodriguez. But that leaves a lot of inspiring talent: Derek Jeter, closer Mariano Rivera, Matsui Hideki, catcher Jorge Posada and former Red Sox slugger Johnny Damon. We should probably mention quite a few more, but we shouldn’t give the Yankees too much airtime, after all.
But you can plug them into Nymbler if you want. Happy Hunting!

In the meantime we wish the Papelbons a peaceful and comfortable pregnancy, and hope they’ll use the Boston-grown Nymbler.com to name their little one!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

June's Most Popular Baby Names

We had many more visitors this month, thanks to the article on time.com.

Here are the names that were popular on Nymbler in June:

Top 10 favorite names:
1. Ava (+2)
2. Charlotte (-1)
3. Ella (+3)
4. Jack (-2)
5. Anna (same)
6. Lily (+2)
7. Julia (new)
8. Benjamin (new)
9. Owen (-5)
10. Hannah (new)


Top 5 blocked names:
1. Victoria
2. Anna
3. Lena
4. Vaughn
5. Simon


Top 5 emailed names:
1. Ava
2. Hannah
3. Isabella
4. Benjamin
5. Charlotte

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Nymbler on time.com

Nymbler made it to Time.com's top 50 websites of 2008!

Thanks to our users, who make Nymbler popular!

Monday, June 2, 2008

May's Most Popular Baby Names

Here are the names that were popular on Nymbler in May:

Top 10 favorite names:
1. Charlotte
2. Jack
3. Ava
4. Owen
5. Anna
6. Ella
7. Amelia
8. Lily
9. Lucy
10. Caroline


Top 5 blocked names:
1. Victoria
2. Clinton
3. Vaughn
4. Lena
5. Rebecca


Top 5 emailed names:
1. Jack
2. Olivia
3. Isaac
4. Reid
5. Noah

Friday, May 2, 2008

April's Most Popular Baby Names

Here are the names that were popular on Nymbler in April:

Top 10 favorite names:
1. Ava
2. Jack
3. Owen
4. Charlotte
5. Caroline
6. Ella
7. Anna
8. Benjamin
9. Elizabeth
10. Hannah


Top 5 blocked names:
1. Vaughn
2. Victoria
3. Kwame
4. Abraham
5. Camden


Top 5 emailed names:
1. Sophie
2. Ava
3. Caroline
4. Hannah
5. Charlotte

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

March's Most Popular Baby Names

Here are the names that were popular on Nymbler in March:

Top 10 favorite names:
1. Charlotte
2. Ava
3. Elizabeth
4. Benjamin
5. Owen
6. Noah
7. Jack
8. Olivia
9. Oliver
10. Lily


Top 5 blocked names:
1. Vaughn
2. Lena
3. Julia
4. Jabari
5. Victoria


Top 5 emailed names:
1. Ava
2. Sophie
3. Ella
4. Benjamin
5. Charlotte

Friday, March 14, 2008

Nymbler Trendspotting #2: A History Lesson

The second trend we're going to look at takes us to many different places. The first stop may be your very own town. But before we can go there, we need to go back in time.

When cities and states were being colonized in “The New World,” many places were named after the people founding them or someone close to them. For example, Georgia was named after King George I of Britain. Louisiana was named after King Louis XIV of France. Pennsylvania for its founder, William Penn. And Maryland for Henrietta Maria de Bourbon, wife of Charles I.

Nowadays, we aren’t naming places after our loved ones or our contractors who build our homes. But, we are seeing a little bit of history repeating, only this time, in reverse.

Today we see names such as Brooklyn, Boston and Dallas appearing more and more. With the popularity of Paris Hilton, maybe city names will be the new trend.

If you’re thinking place names might be the way you want to go, Nymbler a few to find out. Get started with our short list: Camden, Trenton, London, Aspen, Austin. And be sure to let us know if your favorite place is missing.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Nymbler Trendspotting #1: From Surname to First Name

Nymbler’s been watching the trends for a while now, so we figured it was time we break down some of the more prevalent trends that we’ve noticed. What will we tackle first? Last names as first names.

In our list of Top Names of 2007, we found quite a few last names that have made their way to the front of a signature. While that short-list is dominated by male names, the last name chart topper was the female form of the androgynous Avery at #20. The closest contender was Riley at #62.

Boys’ (last) names that made the Top 100 of 2007 include Brady at #57, Grant at #65, Logan at #69 and Jackson at #76.

While we’ve split them into male and female names, many last names are androgynous when used as first names, including the aforementioned Avery and Logan. Others include Bailey, Taylor, Jordan and Morgan.

Using a last name as a first name is a good way to please multiple family members at once. Just think, you can please Aunt Mildred, Uncle Wilson and your Grandfather, William all by using their surname. Not all last names carry over as well as others, so just be sure you know where to draw the line.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

February's Most Popular Baby Names

Here are the names that you liked or disliked this past month:

Top 10 favorites:

1. Ava
2. Jack
3. Owen
4. Benjamin
5. Ella
6. Charlotte
7. Lilly
8. Olivia
9. Elizabeth
10. Lila


Top 10 blocked names:

1. Lena
2. Vaughn
3. Anna
4. Hannah
5. Victoria
6. Naomi
7. Ivy
8. Julia
9. Camden
10. Mega

Friday, February 1, 2008

January's Most Popular Baby Names

All right! First day of the month, means it's time to reveal Nymbler's top names for January. Holding your breath yet? Here they are:

Top 10 favorites:

1. Jack
2. Ava
3. Ella
4. Sophie
5. Owen
6. Benjamin
7. Charlotte
8. Anna
9. Elizabeth
10. Julia


Looks familiar? Well, it seems like January 2008 is not so different from 2007!

Top 10 blocked names:

1. Victoria
2. Anna
3. Lena
4. Naomi
5. Rachel
6. Leah
7. Hannah
8. Reid
9. Julia
10. Brayden


Is your favorite name missing from the Top Ten? Time to get to Nymbler right away!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Happy New Year Nymbler! (Part 3)

Last time, we dissected our numbers and broke down Nymbler’s Top Ten names of 2007. But now, we’re turning our eyes on popular baby names outside the US. What we learned is that, when English is the language, some names are truly global.

Worldwide, Jack has a strong showing on a few lists. (Remember, Jack was first in Nymbler’s Top Ten.) In England, Australia and New Zealand Jack took the top spot in the most popular boys’ names of 2007. Scotland made up its own mind though, with Lewis kicking the reigning Jack out of first place.

The girls’ lists are a little more complicated. In England, Grace topped the list and Ava (Nymbler’s #1) was nowhere to be found. Australians chose the name Olivia most for their newborn girls. And the close by New Zealand chose Ella as the top girls’ name. In Scotland, Sophie took the top spot.

In a completely different area of the world, the Japanese top ten list was led by Hiroto (male) and Aoi (female.) Hiroto is made up of two Japanese characters meaning “big” and “flying in the air.” Aoi’s character is representative of the mallow plant, a medicinal plant.

While the global lists don’t match up, one thing’s for sure, families will always be naming their new additions and Nymbler will be there counting the names.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Happy New Year Nymbler! (Part 2)

Yes, we’re still celebrating the New Year. But today we’re also celebrating Nymbler’s newest additions – more names!

We’ve just added a handful of new names that made the top list in the past year and some that you suggested. More names mean more inspirations and even better name suggestions. It’s the first of many enhancements planned for 2008.

So you may be wondering where those new names are hiding. Well, here’s a few starting places: Madigan, Gray, Lorelai, Cain and Ronin. Go ahead and poke around, we’re sure you’ll find even more names.

What!? Nymbler still doesn’t know your favorite name? Be sure to let us know, we’re adding to our name lists all the time.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Happy New Year Nymbler!

It’s 2008, and Nymbler is ready to see what baby names will be on top this year. But before we try to forecast what name will earn the #1 spot in 2008, let’s look back at some of the top names of 2007.

And 2007’s top names are… (drumroll, please…) Jack & Ava! Here’s a look at the overall top 10, broken down by gender:

Male
1. Jack
2. Benjamin
3. Owen
4. Noah
5. James
6. Reid
7. Max
8. Nathan
9. Finn
10. Hayden

Female
1. Ava
2. Charlotte
3. Elizabeth
4. Hannah
5. Sophie
6. Ella
7. Anna
8. Lily
9. Olivia
10. Abigail
We had a feeling Jack and Ava would take the top slots on our list. As far as the boys go, we see some trends including some Biblical names ¬– Benjamin, Noah, James – and some good, strong names that have stood the test of time – Jack, James, Reid. The girls also have a trend toward the Biblical – Elizabeth, Hannah, Anna – and some old-fashioned names – Sophie, Olivia and Charlotte.


With each name that’s added to the “Favorites” list, the overall rankings change. We’ve compiled the list of the fastest movers from Nymbler during 2007. These are the names that jumped in the rankings, some by more than 3,000 places!

Male
1. O’Rourke
2. Wright
3. Morton
4. Weaver
5. Milford

Female
1. Shawn
2. Ray
3. Joey
4. Marsha
5. Lois
It sounds like the boys are going more toward surnames and first names. And it looks as though the boys’ names are creeping over to the girl’s list. We’re anticipating some of these trends might hold for 2008.


We’re anxious to see if our names will match up with the US Social Security Data from 2007. Either way, we know our Nymbler statistics represent what you are looking for. And who knows, maybe our 2007 list, will match the 2008 data.

Happy New Year and Happy Nymblering in 2008!