Alexia Mae started the first Instagram name account @NamesDaily and is now delighting us with her new NamesDaily blog. She is witty, innovative, and a dear friend of mine. I thought it would be fun to pick Alexia’s brain on her life as a fellow name enthusiast.
Tell us a little bit about your love of names and your journey as a name enthusiast.
I love names. They’re like poetry, with their sounds and their meanings and their history. How they’re written down and spoken. How they’re passed along, often with a story that stirs the heart. You can’t tell me that names like Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Shania Twain, don’t sound rhythmic.
I started out watching Anastasia Ruby’s videos which spurred me to make my own blog, and my own YouTube. I’ve been doing this for five years now.
What are your hopes and dreams for Names Daily?
I’m blessed to have been at the very start of the name explosion on Instagram. I started out as the only one, and now I look around and there are name account gems all around me. On there is Meagan, who’s account is as sweet and hopeful and lovely as her own personality.
I love being in the community mentality that Instagram fosters. Meeting people from all over the world and getting to know them is amazing. I’ve never seen another social media platform that is the same. It’s been an open door to get to be a part of some of the most exciting times of people’s lives. @NamesDaily has been a passport to blessings, and I don’t take it for granted. My hope and dream for @NamesDaily, for both my blog and my Instagram, is to keep me traveling around the world on the creative platform that is names.
How has being a “Namer” changed/shaped your life?
I’ve had an ear for names since kindergarten. I’ve always been drawn to the ones that stand out, and being in the name community the last five years has only emboldened that. I now am more quick to compliment people, or ask questions. Being official has given me the avenue for people (and myself) to take my name interest seriously.
As a Mom, what name advice would you give expecting parents?
Turn off the noise. It’s one thing to hear what people tell you, whether negatively or positively, but use it like the radio. At the end of the day, turn it off and choose the name you and your partner love. This baby is a part of you. Made by only you. And isn’t that wonderful? Don’t let anyone steal that wonder and sparkle from you. You know what your heart is speaking. Listen to that. You’ll regret it if you don’t. (Now stop listening to me! 😂)
I love a good rename game, so what would you rename yourself using your son’s initials?
Aaawww, my Judah David. I’d rename myself Juniper Della!