Enter the 2011 Baby Name Pool!
You've heard them in the schoolyards. You've watched them on tv. You may have even chosen one or two yourself. But how well do you really know baby names?
It's time to find out. Enter the 7th Annual Baby Name Pool.
Match wits with hundreds of other name enthusiasts, guessing the top rising and falling names of 2011. If you win, I'll extol your brilliance and grant you a year's worth of worldwide bragging rights! And if your predictions are total clunkers, nobody ever has to know that you entered at all. Good deal, huh?
The rules are simple: list three names that you think rose the fastest in the United States in 2011, and three you think fell. When the U.S. government releases its official name stats in May, I'll tally the results using the Baby Name Wizard Hotness Formula. The top total scorer gets the glory.
So it's simple...but not easy. You might spot a hot new name anywhere, from your neighborhood playground to Bollywood. Even celebrity influence is tricky to predict. Last year, America's top baby-name style maker wasn't Angelina Jolie or "American Idol," but a pregnant teenager from MTV's "Teen Mom." (And fast-falling names are even trickier -- quick, what names have you NOT thought about this year?)
If you haven't played before, you can read more details and check out the fastest rising and falling names of the previous year to get a sense of how name fashions operate. Then convince your friends and coworkers to enter and compete against you. (This is an equal-opportunity contest, by the way; we've had male and female winners.)
All entries must be received by April 15. Think of it as a fun antidote to tax filing.
Ready to go? Fill out your ballot now!