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Nametrix (iOs) Review

 
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Tons of information at your fingertips.

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Pretty no-frills.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Nametrix is an excellent idea, created by someone who knows. The developer actually wrote the app whilst on paternity leave, and no one knows names like freshly minted parents. There is a wealth of information available to you for a very low price of $.99 – you certainly won’t get a name book for less than five times that. Plus, it’s just fun. There is so much information on what becomes of people with various names that it makes it an app that’s just fun, whether you need to name someone or not. Nametrix doesn’t look all that pretty, but it definitely does the job better than anything else I’ve seen.

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Posted February 11, 2013 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

Nametrix is a no-frills app that takes the name game to a whole new level.

Whether you are joyously picking out names for an upcoming new addition, trying to find something quirky and fun for a new pet, searching for an epic name for a game character, or just giggling about your own name, most baby name books don’t really have a whole lot to offer. Sure, you’ll get a few different spellings, a definition, maybe country of origin, but all of that mostly, well, boring. What I want to know when I’m picking out a name (or even looking up existing ones), is what the name says about the person. What do people named Joaqium grow up to be? Will our precious Maybre be just one of many in her class? Is little Saryniti really going to be able to snag an office job? Will little Rockford grow up to be (gasp) a Libertarian? Finally, there’s an app for that!

To be honest, I don’t really have much experience with naming apps, but as a proud parent of five, I have seen way more than my fair share of baby name book, and even name sites. The thing is, they’re really all the same. After all, it’s a list of names – what more can you do than give people a list and some definitions? Turns out, you can do much more than that, if you’re willing to do a little searching. Nametrix gives you a list of names, like all the others, but it goes much farther than that.

As you open the app, you’ll notice right away that graphics weren’t the focus here. It is basically just a wheel of names. Scroll down, scroll up, swoosh randomly with your finger like pulling on a slot machine handle, and the list of names will go flying by. Basically, you can switch back and forth between male and female via a little button on the left hand side. Next to that, you can scroll through the letters of the alphabet, and next to that is the list of names. All of that is on the screen at the same time, which makes it super easy to switch between various names you like (or just look up all your cousin’s names and chortle).

All that’s pretty standard – a big list of names pretty much goes with the territory. When you click on a name is where things get interesting. You’ll get a list of statistically most likely careers and political affiliations, as well as the year that name peaked in popularity and which areas of the country it was most popular in. If it shows up on the top most popular names list, you’ll get that ranking too. Click on those, and you’ll get the numbers. What percentage of Anthony’s are Libertian? Where does Ava line up in a list of XXX Performer names? What year was Atticus the most popular? Nametrix can answer all that and more for you, based on their software’s analysis of both Wikipedia and US Government information. Nametrix could have told all those people who named their kids Unique that it wasn’t all that….er, unique. You can even email the stats on a specific name to friends or family right from the app. That’s baby naming efficiency right there.

I found Nametrix to be quite honestly hilarious. There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles to it, but it does name information better than anything else I’ve seen. I looked up all my kids’ names, my husband’s name, my nieces and nephews, etc….and just laughed my head off. But then, I’m not actually looking to name anybody right now, so I thought it best to have someone in the target market take a look as well. I had my currently gestating sister take a look at the app as well, for a hormonal pregnant lady point of view. Her biggest misgiving rested on the fact that there aren’t tons of names available. There is a big list, but it most definitely could be bigger. She also noted that their were some bugs on the iPad version that caused some crashes, which I didn’t come across at all on iPod Touch/iPhone. So until updates are available, the smaller screen is probably your best bet.

Nametrix is an excellent idea, created by someone who knows. The developer actually wrote the app whilst on paternity leave, and no one knows names like freshly minted parents. There is a wealth of information available to you for a very low price of $.99 – you certainly won’t get a name book for less than five times that. Plus, it’s just fun. There is so much information on what becomes of people with various names that it makes it an app that’s just fun, whether you need to name someone or not. Nametrix doesn’t look all that pretty, but it definitely does the job better than anything else I’ve seen.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)