Ren is one of my dear sisters in naming and fellow member of The Name Sisters. She’s sweet as pie and has diverse taste in names. From traditional names, to word names, Ren’s baby name blog truly has something for everyone!
What is your name?
Lauren Ashley, but I also go by Ren.
What would you rename yourself if you had to?
Oh my, choosing a name to rename myself is hard! I think I would choose Allison “Allie” Savannah. I always picture myself as an Allie or Ellie.
When did you first become interested in names?
I have always loved names for as long as I can remember. It really became a hobby of mine in about 5th grade when I started a name notebook but I had been talking about names long before that. I can remember playing house and always picking a new name for myself.
What were some of the first names you remember loving? Do you still love them?
I always loved Isabelle and Emily. I still like them but I don’t love them because of their popularity. Emily is actually my conformation name.
How would you describe your naming style?
One word: diverse. I like names of all different origins and popularity.
What are some names you love at the moment?
At the moment my top names are Atlas, Pierre, Theodore, Arrow, and Bishop for boys. For girls I am loving Juliette, Halona, Maven, Collins, and Keeva.
What are some great names that you feel are underused?
Margaret, Sylvia, Magnolia, Ephrem, Maxim I could go on and on!
What are some of your favorite literary/character names?
Alice (Alice in Wonderland), Atlas (The Atlas of Love by Laurie Frankel), Matilda (Matilda), Ebenezer (A Christmas Carol).
When did you begin blogging? Tell us a bit about your blog.
I started blogging back in November 2011 (boy it’s been that long?!) after much consideration. My blog is just a whole bunch of random name posts. They’re all really just whatever comes to mind name-wise. I have done a ton of different series, such a color names, MLB names, and Top Debuts for each year. My main focus is usually unique or less popular names because I want to bring focus to names people don’t really hear often.
Do you have a favorite name book and/or name related website?
As for name books I only own two The Baby Name Wizard and The Baby Name Bible. I like The Baby Name Wizard the most. When it comes to websites I love Nameberry. It is by far my favorite.
Please share any naming tips or words of wisdom.
When it comes to picking a name, look at every aspect of the name (initials, bad associations, nickname possibilities, etc.) and make sure everything is good and there are no problems. Bottom line though, choose a name that you love and don’t let anyone tell you what to pick.
Huge thanks to Ren ❤
Names are a joy – from the ordinary, to the extraordinary!