Welcome to another Monday fandom introduction! This week, I would like to cover one of my favorite geekdoms and longtime obsessions, onomamania, otherwise known as name enthusiasm. It is especially timely this week as on Friday the SSA released the top names of 2009. This is very exciting to any name lover as it shows the current name trends in the US and gives lots of new geeky name data to investigate and explore.
People have had names as far back as any oral history seems to go. Over time, name pools formed for various cultures which have continued to change and develop according to a variety of trends. Name enthusiasts love to study the effects of name trends nowadays. It is an incredibly enjoyable hobby, as the trends of names change frequently and are fun to keep up with and learn more about. Some are rooted in history, some in pop culture, and some in interesting (and geeky!) patterns. If you are interested in learning more about name nerdy-ness please read on!
A great way to start exploring name trends is the Name Voyager. Just enter the first few letters of a name, and see how trendy the chosen name and similar names have been over the last century. Also, this blog gives weekly insight into a variety of timely and interesting name trends. One interesting fact about names is that they tend to repeat in a 100 year cycle, so many of the top names of the early 1900s are popular once again today like Emma.
When obsessing over names there is also more to do than just learn about interesting trends and name popularity. There is also the whole history and meaning behind a name. To learn about names from certain cultures I recommend Behind the Name. Another extensive source for finding out name origins and meanings is Think Baby Names. If you looked up the top girls name this past year, Isabella, you could discover that it is a variant of Elizabeth for example.
A few more name enthusiast tips. If you like certain names and want to find more in that style there is a great tool at Nymbler. There are also a variety of name sites with boards where you can discuss everything about naming, share your favorite names, play name based games, or even give expecting moms your name knowledge. My recommendation is exploring the boards at Nameberry for a fun time!
Let me know what current name trends you find particularly interesting or amusing, and we can geek out over this together!
On that note, are you planning to give your kids any geeky names?