This app is like Tinder but for baby names

It's like Tinder, only, not.
It's like Tinder, only, not.

You could say that agreeing on a baby name is as complicated for parents-to-be as finding a love match is for singles. 

Both courses of action have future implications, and at the end of the day, it's all about preferences. 

It may have been this line of thinking that lead the creators of the Kinder – Find Baby Names app to come up with a rather genius idea. 

Also see: Baby names! Our lists of weird and wonderful names

What method did you use to choose a name for your baby? Share your storyand we could publish your letter. Do let us know if you'd like to stay anonymous.

Find a match 

Just in case you're part of the lucky few who have never heard of Tinder, here's how it works.  

After downloading the app, a user must invite their co-parent to the app, and must then supply basic info like gender (there is also a 'don't know' tab) and surname. 

Both parties will then gain access to a database of 18 000 names, this is where the Tinder similarities begin.  

Along with their co-parent, the user is required to swipe right on names they like and left on names they don't. 

The app will alert both parties when there is a match, as in both parents agree on a name, and voila: a list of possible baby names both parents are happy with. 

Unfortunately, the app has no features that help with narrowing down the options. 

It is free, though. 

Download: Google Play and Apple

Also see: The top 3 reasons people regret the name they chose for their baby

Digital help 

The baby-naming app game has a number of players. Here's a look at a few others: 

Baby Names by Nametrix

Already dreaming up possibles careers for your baby? Baby Names by Nametrix not only provides lists of names to choose from but also interesting information on the names it suggests. 

This includes popularity by country, random historical facts, variations, professions associated with a name and possible names for future siblings. 

Download: Google Play and Apple


If you want an app that creates customised suggestions based on your naming requirements, try Namey. 

The app provides a list of potential names after users provide their requirements, such as country of origin, meaning, other family members’ names, and even the preferred first letter.

Download: Google Play and Apple

Baby Names!!

For an app that matches potential names for baby with the names of both parents, check out Baby Names!!

Along with giving parents-to-be access to over 30 000 names, their meanings, pronunciation and origin, Baby Names!! also makes it possible to share name options via email and Facebook. 

Download: Google Play and Apple

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