Baby Names

This Tinder for Baby Names App Lets Parents Pick a Name Without the Drama

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When it comes to baby names, there are two kinds of people: those who picked their baby names when they were nine years old, and those who have to schedule times to talk about it with their husband because neither of you can agree and you can’t stop fighting about it. Okay maybe that last one was just me, but naming a baby is a big deal, and it can be very hard when the parents have wildly different ideas about what makes a good name. Now there’s a new Tinder-like app to help parents select a baby name, and it’s going to make settling on a moniker a whole lot easier.

The app (appropriately called Babyname), works a lot like Tinder. After the parents sync their profiles, different baby names will pop up on their screens. If a parent likes it, they swipe right; if they don’t, they swipe left. Each baby name includes the country of origin and the name’s meaning, along with the country where the name is most popular. If both parents swipe right on a name, it goes into a shared list of agreed-upon names.

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While this app will definitely make things a lot easier, there’s still some room for discussion. If one parent likes a name but the other doesn’t, the parent who likes the name will get an alert.


Prepare to defend your baby name choices!

The app comes with lots of built-in filters, allowing for more customizable results. It’s possible to search for names that are only French in origin, or names that are inspired by athletes, hipsters, or celebrities. The Babyname app promises picking a baby name with them is “as fun as making it.” Somehow, I don’t think that’s true, but this certainly seems like a lot more fun than crying in the grocery store parking lot because your husband says the name you like reminds him of “a school bully.”

Ah, hormones.