Welcome to Nameisms!

I'm glad you stopped by. There is so much to discuss when it comes to baby names, and I know how overwhelming it can be when you're faced with a naming decision. Names tell a story about identity, culture, heritage, style, and history. You are not alone in your quest to tell that story well and enjoy the process.

You want to choose a name that you love and feel connected to, and I want each happy little post to help make that choice easier. I'm flattered that I've been able to help many of you in your naming journey!

On Nameisms
There are a few different type of posts on Nameisms. I often write about a single girl's or boy's name, including lots of happy details like history, popularity, meaning, and celebrity connections. My most popular posts are themed name lists, where I explore a group of names with a common element (like Apple Varieties as Names, Nature Names, Horror Movie Names ...you get the idea). You'll also find a variety of articles on the naming process.

My Story
Since I was a kid, I made a hobby out of making name lists and pouring through name books for fun. It's partly a love of language and partly an interest in identity and pop culture. I decided to share my love of names with the world a few years ago while my husband was busy with grad school. I love that my obsession hobby grew into a hub of information and inspiration to share with all of you.

My husband and I have an amazing 2-year-old son and a newborn baby girl, and we've definitely been there when it comes to difficulty in choosing a name. I wrote about our first naming experience here, and our second naming experience here, in the hopes that you feel encouraged if you're in a similar spot.

My Real Job
Outside of this website, you can find me contributing to the Baby Name Wizard Blog, where I write detailed themed baby name lists. I also edit and monitor Namipedia, the open name database on that site. My naming adventures have led to the opportunity to write and publish a beautiful baby name book, which you can learn more about here.

Please have fun looking around, and feel free to email me at nameisms {at} gmail {dot} com with name suggestions, questions about choosing a name, or anything baby-name related.

~ Laura

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