BNW Book Game

After borrowing the BNW book from my library for so long that I'm starting to feel guilty about it, I discovered that the Duggar name game gets old after about 10 or so letters... And that was the birth of a new name game.

The way I play it requires a copy of the BNW book (I use the most recent edition, but any of them will work, as long as they have the sibling lists; I don't know if they all do or not), but I think you could adapt it for those who don't have a copy by using the sibling feature of this website.

Start by flipping open to a random name. that's the first child. Flip a coin to determine the gender of the next, and pick a name from the sibling list. Go to the entry for that name, and repeat. I usually do this until I have 19, just because it came after a long stretch of Duggar style name sets, and now I feel like I've been shorted if I do any fewer...

If you pick a name that doesn't have an entry, look it up in the index, and find all the other names that list it as a sibling name. Those are your options.

You can either attempt to maintain a matching sibset, or choose your favorite names. I like to start with the same name and do it both ways. It's amazing how different it turns out.

I don't have any more time at the moment, but I'll be back soon with some sets of my own. :)

 

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October 27, 2015 9:44 AM

I wanted to put two sets that start with the same name, but alas, I couldn't find the proper papers...

This one is an attempt to create a matching sibset:

Emily

Victoria

Julian

Oliver

Charlotte

Josephine

Theodore

August

Solomon

Gideon

Asher

Elijah 

Sofia 

Roman

Miles

Lila 

Violet

Jasper

Sadie

I think I did pretty well with this one. I got stuck in Old Testament names for a while, and then I think Sofia-Lila has a very European feel, but there are no pairs of names that are really unbelievable as siblings.

 

Picking my favorite names, with no regard to matches:

Kinley

Ainsley

Madigan

Mirren

Lilias

Silvan

Cassia

Torin

Ronin

Axel

Annika

Ingrid

Stefan

Andreas

Demetrius

Quinton

Serena

Julian 

Camilla

For this one, it took a little while to get out of the modern surnames (I think I could have gotten out faster if I'd flipped a boy sooner...), and then I got caught up in Nordic and Romance names for a while.

The change from beginning to end is amazing though. Kinley is so very very much not my style, and everything from Quinton on is something I would realistically consider naming a child. (Julian is on my favorites list). My favorite pair, though, is Kinley and Demetrius. Just imagine siblings with those names...