Summer name talk: Games, Sagan & names on the radio
Keeping it light on this hot summer day, some baby name bits and pieces...
An Ask the Name Lady reader pointed out an inspired thread at BoardGameGeek.com, Boardgames that could double as baby names. I particularly like the suggestion of Steam as "Kinda a cross between Steve and Tim."
Given the audience at BoardGameGeek, the suggestions are mostly contemporary strategy games. To the general public, though, a name like Asara doesn't leap out as meaning "game." I've been wracking my brain to come up with more classically game-related name options. (Board/card/parlor games, not sports or video games.)
There's Ludo, short for Ludovic, which J.K. Rowling named her Head of the Department of Magical Games and Sports. Domino occasionally pops up for both boys and girls, too. Any better ideas?
What Namipedia Is All About
The dream behind Namipedia was to collect all different kinds of information about a name -- from all different perspectives -- on a single page. Nothing makes me happier than reading a Namipedia page and coming away with new name insights.
For an example, check out the page for the girl's name Sagan. This name happens to have no "expert" info available. It's not traditional enough to have an official origin listing, nor popular enough to show up in stats from around the world. But thanks to BabyNameWizard.com readers, any parent considering the name Sagan will come away with plenty to think about.
With almost 20,000 name pages and growing, I know there's a lot going on in Namipedia that I miss. If you've come across any especially interesting names or tidbits, I'd love to hear about them! (And as always, if you come across any garbage please take a moment and click the page's "report inappropriate content" link. Thanks.)
If just reading about names isn't enough, you can enjoy my dulcet tones courtesy of a recent All Things Considered interview, touching on trends and "baby name hostility."
Or if you're really a glutton for name talk, I did an hour-long call-in show with Wisconsin Public Radio's Joy Cardin back in May. (Search that page for "Wizard" to find the link.) That show introduced me to the name Theory, which keeps rattling around in my mind. Why haven't we seen more names from philosophy and science?