9 Baby Name Generators That Are Actually Helpful
What's in a name? Surprisingly, anything and everything, it seems. If you're drained from coming up with and vetoing choices all day long or you just want to give something new a try, you might want to consider using baby name generators that are actually helpful. As it turns out, not all name generators are created equally. With the worldwide web at your disposal, there are options that fit pretty much any style, preference, or theme you could imagine. So it can be a little overwhelming to sift through all the various sites and apps to find which ones are really worth their salt.
It’s a huge commitment. What if the name you pick now isn’t cool in 5 years? Or worse, what if the name you pick is too cool and all the kids in kindergarten have it? The fact is, trends change. Over the past decade, the world of baby-naming brought us quite a few trends — vintage names, the “nickname” name, adventurous places as names, and dictionary-inspired names — according to The New York Times. There are a lot of factors to consider here.
From finding unique monikers to combining your name with your partner's, there are plenty of possibilities and fun to be had. Even if you don't end up sticking with one of the below, it could be just the spark of inspiration you needed to find the perfect name for your little bundle of joy.
And since these baby name generators are online, you can easily share your findings to get input from your partner, family, and friends — or not. Either way, hopefully they will help you come up with the perfect name for your little one.
1. Hipster Baby Name Generator
Though several imitators have followed, the original Hipster Baby Name Generator is still the best. Whether you approach this as a bit of fun or take it more legitimately is up to you. The generator asks about your "future little darling's" eating and sleeping habits and, most importantly, what their “mainstream” last name is. I got Emerson Lemon Jack as my gender non-conforming baby's name. What's yours?
2. Baby Name Genie
The thing that sets Baby Name Genie apart from the rest is that you have two options for generating a name. You can either "make a wish" and you'll be given a name based on your last name and gender of the baby (or you can click "surprise me"). If you’ve got the time, write to the Genie with your personal request and he will give you a first and middle name tailored specifically to your wishes. You can even take the name for a "test drive" and see how it would look or sound in various situations. Try it out for yourself and see what you think.
3. Best Little Baby
On Best Little Baby, you can come up with a name that combines yours with your partner's plus you can pick the origin (literary, Sanskrit, Hebrew, etc.) and the gender (boy, girl, unisex). There are loads of options and you can even search by letter if you want to see things for yourself.
4. Baby Name Wizard
Using their advanced finder, Baby Name Wizard is one of the more detailed generators. Options for your preferences include: must start and/or end with, can't start and/or end with, minimum and maximum length and syllables, and how popular or rare you'd like the name to be. Certainly a lot to digest, but perfect for the person who knows exactly what they want.
5. Baby Names, Etc.
Out of the options, Baby Names, Etc. is likely the most light-hearted generator. In a multiple-choice style quiz, you can select your favorite season, genre of music, color, and more to come up with a perfectly customized moniker for your little munchkin.
6. Baby Center's Baby Name Finder
The more classic type of generator, Baby Center gets down to business with this in-depth Baby Name Finder. You can input the gender (or unisex option), select how popular you'd like it to be, and choose the meaning, origin, and theme, just to name a few options. This generator is truly thorough.
And purely for kicks and giggles, you can test out their Celebrity Baby Name Generator, which plays off the stereotype that celebs give their babies unique or outrageous names. Who knows, you may end up accidentally finding one you really love — at the very least, you can have a little bit of fun testing out unique options that never would have crossed your mind otherwise.
7. Nymbler: Your Personal Baby Name Assistant
Similar to how your smartphone learns your typing habits, Nymbler creates a list of name ideas based on your preferences. Here's how it works: Select a gender or leave it blank, then Nymbler will show you a list of random names. Here's where it gets intuitive and cool. Nymbler has you select which names you like, love, or hate, then it generates a new list with names inspired by your selections. You keep doing this until you find one (or more) you absolutely love and you can say you found a name suited specifically to you.
8. The Bump’s Baby Name Finder
The Bump’s baby name finder keeps it simple. Choose any gender, the first letter of the name you want, and an origin to generate name ideas. You can also search by how popular the names are, as well as their meanings. The site’s lists of unique, recently trending, and uncommon names can help spark a little inspiration for your bundle of joy.
With more than 50,000 names in its roster, Nameberry is one of the world’s biggest baby name databases. Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, authors of The Baby Name Bible and several other baby name books, are widely considered the baby-name experts. Their expertise and the community of expectant parents they’ve built make Nameberry an all-in-one place to generate name inspiration and then toss ideas around in one of the forums.
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