Meet The New Bouncing Baby (beta) Tools!
BabyNameWizard.com is thrilled to announce the birth of two new major baby naming resources.
Names: NameMapper and Namipedia
Date: October 22, 2008
Weight: Tons of Fabulous Names
NameMapper and Namipedia join big siblings NameVoyager, Wizard Blog, and The Baby Name Wizard book to form a heck of a baby naming family, if we do say so ourselves.
The new arrivals are still infants -- which is to say, in beta release -- and they'll be growing fast over the coming weeks. (Please bear with me if there are some bumps in the road along the way!) But I'm excited about them, and I hope you will be too.
The NameMapper is an interactive playground for exploring the varying popularity of names across the United States over the past 50 years. Try typing in Charlotte, and watch the name transform from Southern belle to "Sex and the City" chic. Or type Duane and Dwayne for an illustration of why a different spelling can really be a different name.
Click MultiMap to see the full expanse of time at once, or click on the Timeline tab to explore new dimensions of the data. The Timeline view is a colorful grid of mini-graphs representing the name's usage in 50 different states and 48 different years, grouped by naming-style regions You can customize the view to show popularity in different ways, or to order the states by population variables.
(Note: The NameMapper is a Java applet. If you can't view it, you should download the standard Java plugin from Sun.)
Namipedia is a multifaceted baby name encyclopedia that gives each name its own "home page." Each Namipedia name page combines reliable expert information with reader-contributed content and opinions. Look up a name in Namipedia and you can...
- Learn about a name's origins, check it's popularity in the U.S. and abroad, and find out how it's pronounced.
- See what others think of the name -- does it sound strong? friendly? sophisticated? -- and what real-world parents have chosen for sibling names.
- Read about famous namesakes, nickname ideas, and readers' personal experiences with the name.
- Contribute your own ratings, opinions, siblings and insights...and even names. It's pleasantly addictive!
I owe special thanks to the early beta testers who have given me invaluable feedback on the new tools. You'll see many of your suggestions come to life in the weeks ahead.
Happy naming, everyone!