A Nymbler Name Game

Ok, I didn't make this up but I don't remember where it came from. 

We are going to collectively name a sib set of 12 using Nymbler.

I'll start with a name, the next person types it in to Nymbler and chooses a sibling name from the suggestions.

The 3rd person has to type in the two previous names and choose a name from the suggestions. 


Ready? Your starting name is...




April 26, 2012 11:30 AM

Oh, and...

Hyacinth(g); Corydon(b); Leopold(b); Jade(g)

Autumn(g); Flint(b); Sterling(b); Spencer(b)

Laurel(g); River(g); and Jasper (b)

By EVie
April 26, 2012 3:06 PM


Hyacinth(g); Corydon(b); Leopold(b); Jade(g); Autumn(g); Flint(b); Sterling(b); Spencer(b); Laurel(g); River(g); Jasper (b)

and Avril (g)




By hyz
April 26, 2012 3:40 PM

Like the addition of Avril!  I'm interested that this set turned out to be so hippie nature oriented--not that I find it objectionable, but because my impressions of Hyacinth are so informed by Mrs. Bucket of Keeping Up Appearances fame.  Maybe that's just me.  Because I couldn't help myself, I decided to do my own Hyacinth Nymbler set with that in mind, kind of a stuffy/quirky Telegraph set--here's what I got:

Hyacinth, Hermione, Leander, Oliver, Philomena, Isadora,

Ambrose, Erasmus, Valentina, Drusilla, Algernon, and Cassius

Of course, some are faaar more likely to appear on my actual kid lists than others, but I think they are all adorable! ;p

By EVie
April 26, 2012 4:58 PM

hyz, I like your set! I particularly like Leander, Philomena, Ambrose and Cassius with Hyacinth.

I'm not surprised that the set here veered off into the hippie-nature realm, because that's probably how I would have reacted to Hyacinth too before spending a lot of time on this site. I think your taste has probably influenced my current impression of the name (since I don't know any in real life and it doesn't even come up very often around here). The challenge for me in picking the #2 name was to try to find something that wouldn't lock Nymbler into an obvious pattern that it couldn't get out of (either the heavy Greek or the hippie-nature). Corydon fit the bill for me because it has the Greek roots, but also a softer sound and a nature meaning (Wikipedia tells me that it comes from a Greek word meaning "lark," and it's a stock name for a shepherd in ancient Greek pastoral poems and fables), and it doesn't sound so very ethnically Greek the way Nymbler's other suggestions of Hieronymos, Parthenios, Hippolyte, etc. did. 

April 26, 2012 8:39 PM

I like how both sets turned out. I think personally I would veer more towards the nature aspect if I EVER used Hyacinth as a name. Not that it's a bad name just not really my (or DH's) style. Anyway, I think Oliver and Algernon were great choices hyz!

I will continue just publishing the original posts and fixing as needed. You are right clare, what's a few more when you have twelve!

By hyz
April 27, 2012 2:01 PM

EVie and zoerhenne, thanks for indulging my set. It's kind of fun to fantasize about being the kind of person who could pull off that kind of sib grouping.  :)  Obviously, Oliver, Hyacinth, and a few of the others feel fine, but I can just imagine calling to my kids, "Algernon and Erasmus, dears, come put on your derbies and ascots, it's time to go to the polo match.  Vite, vite, Philomena, we mustn't keep the Viscount Sothermere waiting!" lol.   

It makes me think a bit of the image from this Monty Python sketch (Upper Class Twit of the Year), which alway makes me laugh: http://jasietaraevangesen.tumblr.com/post/13553373172/nevver-127th-annual-upper-class-twit-of-the

I really like the background on Corydon--that makes it an even better fit for the set than I realized.

April 28, 2012 5:26 PM

Oh, Hyz, I loved that imaginary scenario! It amused me so much that I had to read it aloud to my husband :)

By Hera
April 27, 2012 2:20 PM

I thought about doing River for a boy, but in my view it didn't really go with the set. Because the guy version is so synonomous with River Phoenix, the name has such a cool vibe and this set is more down to earth. Which is how I view the girl version :)

By EVie
April 26, 2012 3:08 PM

Ok, I'll start the next one! A boy's name this time:

Oberon (b)

By hyz
April 26, 2012 3:26 PM

Oberon (b); and Rosamond (g)!

April 26, 2012 6:14 PM

Oberon (b); and Rosamond (g); and Hubert (b)

By Tana
April 26, 2012 8:06 PM

Oberon (b); Rosamond (g); Hubert (b); and Ursula (g)

April 26, 2012 10:35 PM

I love this spelling of Rosamond!

Oberon (b); Rosamond (g); Hubert (b);  Ursula (g); and Isadora (g)


One of the names Nymbler gave me was Prosper (b), which I don't really see as fitting in with the others...

April 27, 2012 1:07 AM

I'm not sure why we tend to start with girls' names. Maybe there are more interesting, appealing names that signal a distinctive style, in the sense that maybe more boys' names can fit into several categories, thus not beginning the collection with a strong direction. Just a guess. I may be completely wrong and it's just a coincidence. 

When I'm adding names, I try to split whether I select a male or female name, but sometimes the Nymbler suggestions are just way better for one than the other and I'm just more inspired by the girl names (see: This round).

(And I'm not sure what was with the Latin Prosper being thrown in with all these Germanic names...)


Oberon (b); Rosamond (g); Hubert (b); Ursula (g); Isadora (g); and Winifred (g)



April 27, 2012 6:48 AM

Maybe Prosper was suggested because it's a bit like Prospero, which would be Shakespearean like Oberon...but then why not just suggest Prospero?

Oberon (b); Rosamond (g); Hubert (b); Ursula (g); Isadora (g); Winifred (g); and Abelard (b)

By Guest (not verified)
May 5, 2012 9:39 PM

This when never was finished for some reason, so I thought I'd jump in and maybe help finish it! 

Oberon (b), Rosamond (g), Hubert (b), Ursula (g), Isadora (g), Winifred (g), Abelard (b) 


and Bertram (b)  


Laura T.  

May 7, 2012 8:31 PM

Oh, this poor, incomplete sib set! This must be rectified!


Oberon (b), Rosamond (g), Hubert (b), Ursula (g), Isadora (g), Winifred (g), Abelard (b),  Bertram (b),

and Matilda (g)

By Guest (not verified)
May 7, 2012 11:56 PM

Wait a minute, that's weird. I thought we did complete this... I distinctly remember adding Guinevere at the end. Is the site eating published comments now?

- EVie, nli

May 8, 2012 12:14 AM

I also remembered it being finished! I thought that I was nuts, but you're right, it was probably engulfed by the abyss that is the Forum Comment Eater.

By Tana
May 8, 2012 5:09 PM

Yes, we definitely finished it.  I remember picking the last name (although I don't remember what it was) because I was excited since that meant I got to pick the first name of the next set.

By Tana
April 27, 2012 6:09 PM

To start the new set off:

Sydney (b)

April 27, 2012 7:03 PM

Sydney(b); and Parker(g)

By Hera
April 27, 2012 9:20 PM

Sydney(b); Parker(g); and Laine(g)

April 28, 2012 1:01 PM

Sydney(b); Parker(g); Laine(g); and Quinn (b)

April 28, 2012 4:09 PM

Couldn't bring myself to put a name like this even on a fictional baby girl, so chose a boy... No offence intended. I have nothing against such names - just not my style ;)

Sydney(b); Parker(g); Laine(g); and Quinn (b); Burke (b)



April 28, 2012 6:03 PM

Saim24-Gender doesn't matter in this game. You are allowed to pick boys or girls however you like. We only put the gender to help out with Nymbler's ideas. I'm sure many of these names would not be used by some of us. The set with Oberon was a bit out of my comfort zone. I wonder if Laura is reading this thread though because the sets are working out rather well imo and might help her with her sibset ideas for the book.

Sydney(b); Parker(g); Laine(g); and Quinn (b); Burke (b) and Avery(g)

By EVie
April 28, 2012 6:22 PM

Sydney(b); Parker(g); Laine(g); and Quinn (b); Burke (b); Avery(g); and Sloane (g)

By Tana
April 28, 2012 6:36 PM

saim1, I don't particularly like this style either, and I picked the first name.  It was a style we hadn't really done yet, and I thought it would be interesting to see where it went.


Sydney(b); Parker(g); Laine(g); Quinn (b);

Burke (b); Avery(g); Sloane (g); and Darcy(g)

April 29, 2012 8:26 AM

It's funny, I wouldn't have thought of Sydney as being in this style, but Nymbler disagrees!  It seems like more of a "grandad-chic" name...so I chose another grandad sibling to keep him company.

Sydney(b); Parker(g); Laine(g); Quinn (b);

Burke (b); Avery(g); Sloane (g); Darcy(g);

and Henry (b)

April 29, 2012 12:03 PM

Clare-when I saw the name Sydney on a boy I thought the grouping should go into Unisex on the oppositely expected gender names. If that doesn't really make sense-I always think of Parker as a boys name and Sydney as a girls name. So that's where my style mind is at. But there are certainly no WRONG answers in this game. So adding:

 Sydney(b); Parker(g); Laine(g); Quinn (b);

Burke (b); Avery(g); Sloane (g); Darcy(g);

Henry (b); Jordan(b)

By Hera
April 29, 2012 4:28 PM

 Sydney(b); Parker(g); Laine(g); Quinn (b);

Burke (b); Avery(g); Sloane (g); Darcy(g);

Henry (b); Jordan(b); Laurence(g)

By EVie
April 29, 2012 11:07 PM


 Sydney(b); Parker(g); Laine(g); Quinn (b);

Burke (b); Avery(g); Sloane (g); Darcy(g);

Henry (b); Jordan(b); Laurence(g), and Merritt (b)


By EVie
April 29, 2012 11:17 PM

I agree with clarebeorhte's comment above—this isn't the style I would actually expect from someone who picks Sydney for a boy (though I'm happy to run with the pattern that was established). Sydney (as opposed to Sidney) seems so thoroughly girl to me these days that I would think that someone giving it to a boy would have tastes that run more toward the stodgy British-aristocratic, maybe giving it as a family surname—but definitely giving it in defiance of current trends (and the same goes for names like Shirley, Kimberly, Leslie, Ashley, etc. on boys). I did my own set in Nymbler and this is what I came up with:

Sydney (b), Ellsworth (b), Elinor (g), Benedict (b), Althea (g), Eugenia (g), Aloysius (b), Basil (b), Theodora (g), Rosamond (g), Cyril (b), Florence (g). (Ellsworth, of course, would be another family surname, and I imagine that several others on the list would also be family names).

Very different! But that's the fun of the game, to see where it goes collectively.

By hyz
April 30, 2012 10:54 AM

Ok, I'll start a new one.  And in an effort to promote gender equality, I'll start with a boy:

Asa (b)

By Tana
April 30, 2012 6:43 PM

Asa (b) and Abner (b)


April 30, 2012 7:44 PM

Asa (b); Abner (b); and Beulah (g)

April 30, 2012 7:53 PM

Asa (b), Abner (b), Beulah (g), and Jethro (b)


Nymbler gave me Nimrod, but I felt like that would be too mean, even in a made-up sibset.

By Hera
April 30, 2012 9:37 PM

Asa (b), Abner (b), Beulah (g), Jethro (b),


Not going to lie, this set is not my favorite style-wise. Reminds me of my hillbilly upbringing. 

By EVie
May 1, 2012 12:15 AM

Asa (b), Abner (b), Beulah (g), Jethro (b), Jerusha(g)

and Dinah (g)

May 1, 2012 12:41 AM

I feel like we're collecting a group of reject Hebrew names that were once considered pleasant and have great meanings, but that are woefully out of fashion. (Not necessarily each individually, but as an overall group aesthetic.) That's what's so fun about this game: we get to explore so many different avenues!

Asa (b), Abner (b), Beulah (g), Jethro (b), Jerusha (g), Dinah (g)

and Hiram (b)

By hyz
May 1, 2012 11:24 AM

Asa (b), Abner (b), Beulah (g), Jethro (b), Jerusha (g), Dinah (g), Hiram (b),

and Esther (g)


Yep, it's fun to keep trying different styles, even (especially?) if they aren't exactly our own.  This set has gone a little more hard-core outmoded Biblical than I expected, but that's part of what makes it fun, seeing where it goes!    

By Tana
May 1, 2012 10:41 PM

Asa (b), Abner (b), Beulah (g), Jethro (b),

Jerusha (g), Dinah (g), Hiram (b), Esther (g),

and Lemuel (b)

May 3, 2012 12:16 AM

Asa (b), Abner (b), Beulah (g), Jethro (b),

Jerusha (g), Dinah (g), Hiram (b), Esther (g),

and Lemuel (b), Ebenezer (b)


I was considering using Esther on my last baby and have seen a few babies with the name since so I don't think that particular name is so out of fashion - at least here in New Zealand. Also I have a name crush on Jethro but that has been ruined in NZ by it being the name of a not very likeable character on a very popular TV show.

May 3, 2012 1:20 PM

Asa (b), Abner (b), Beulah (g), Jethro (b), Jerusha (g), Dinah (g), Hiram (b), Esther (g), Lemuel (b), Ebenezer (b)


Zipporah (g)

May 4, 2012 9:11 AM

All quiet on the name game front!

Asa (b), Abner (b), Beulah (g), Jethro (b),

Jerusha (g), Dinah (g), Hiram (b), Esther (g),

Lemuel (b), Ebenezer (b), and Ephraim (b)

By Hera
May 5, 2012 5:36 AM

Asa (b), Abner (b), Beulah (g), Jethro (b),

Jerusha (g), Dinah (g), Hiram (b), Esther (g),

Lemuel (b), Ebenezer (b), Ephraim (b), Ezra (b).

By Hera
May 5, 2012 5:39 AM

Okay, let's go with Agatha (g) for this round.

May 5, 2012 8:21 AM

I'm new here so hopefully it's okay to jump in--

Agatha (g) and Edythe

By Tana
May 5, 2012 8:42 AM

Anyone can always jump in, Eluria!


Agatha (g), Edythe (g), and Jules (b)

By Guest (not verified)
May 5, 2012 2:17 PM

Agatha (g), Edythe (g), Jules (b) and Rupert (b)

-EVie (nli because my comments keep getting eaten by the moderation queue)