April 28, 2008

Contest the First: Name!

(Also see: Photo contest!)

I was born in 1973. Go to the Social Security Administration's baby name site, and go to the section called "Popular Names by Birth Year." Type in 1973, and choose "top 500." Then click "Go." Everybody got it? A list of the 500 most popular names in 1973? Good! Okay, here are your extremely limited hints:
  1. My name is in the top 150.
  2. I have always liked it.
You can have up to five guesses. The order of your guesses matters: the higher in the list you guess the correct name, the higher your score. You don't have to use all five guesses. If you already know my name, you're ineligible to participate; there will be a Pity Contest later on for you.
  • Partial credit will be given for being close.
  • Partial credit will be given for choosing names I think "fit" me, even if they're not correct.
  • Partial credit will be given if one of your first-name guesses happens to be my middle name, which is also in the top 150.
  • Partial credit will be given if you list a name my parents almost named me.
  • Cheaty entries (example: "1. either Janet or Janice") will be discarded as too hard to score.
  • There is no advantage to guessing earlier/later: as long as the guess is made before the contest ends, all guesses are equal.

Details:


Contest deadline is Friday morning (May 2nd). I'm not sure yet what TIME Friday morning, so it would be safer to consider the deadline Thursday night.

Prizes will be skimpy/pitiful, and will depend on how many winners there are: as with the lottery, the more lucky people there are, the less lucky each one will be. Right now I'm considering little Swistle Care Packages: a copy of The Baby Name Wizard book; batch of fudge; things I find in the junk drawer. [Edit! See Prize Update!]

Plus, of course there will be glory and honor among blog-readers, as we all hail your mighty guessing powers. There will be no Incredibly Awesome Prizes, unless someone is reading this who works at a huge company that would like to donate an Incredible Awesome Prize? Like a car? Or a mansion? Or a giant case of candy bars? That would be AWESOME! Just, um, send the prize to ME first, and I'll make SURE it gets delivered to the winner!

Good luck, and you may start guessing!

196 comments:

Maggie said...

1. Natalie
2. Tracey
3. Carolyn
4. Samantha
5. Deanna


I can't wait to find out the answer!

Jenni said...

Hmmmmm....

1) Jessica
2) Heather
3) Rachel
4) Natalie
5) Jennifer

And can I just say how refreshing it is to read a name list with nary an extra y or k in it (ie: MyKenzyee)

Alice said...

FUN!!!

1. emily
2. beth
3. julia
4. karen
5. erica

woohoo! i can't wait until friday! blast!

Stephanie said...

1. Michelle
2. Tracy
3. Laura
4. Colleen
5. Lynn

Stacie said...

Yay!

1. Rhonda
2. Rachael
3. Pamela
4. Veronica
5. Samantha

And I must say, for having three ways to spell my name in the top 150, I know exactly one other Stacie. I need to get out more.

marilyn c. cole said...

1. Catherine
2. Michele
3. Stacey
4. Carolyn
5. Beth

bunnybea said...

Nicole
Natalie
Sara
Colleen
Tracey

Yay 1973! My year too!

Elizabeth said...

1. Samantha (I picture you as a Sam)
2. Catherine
3. Elizabeth
4. Jill
5. Amanda

Luna said...

Do we get points for right name but incorrect spelling?

1. Carolyn
2. Elizabeth
3. Jennifer
4. Catherine
5. Sarah

Mimi said...

1. Christy
2. Melanie
3. Laurie
4. Alicia
5. Kathleen (I'm banking on this for the middle name)

Farrell said...

PRESSURE! I'm just going to take a stab.
1. Beth
2. Samantha
3. Shelly or Shelley
4. Debra or Debbie
5. Jennifer

Lorraine (#315 in 1973) said...

1. Kristine
2. Diane
3. Carla
4. Anita
5. Margaret (although you go by Meg)

Natalie said...

I am sooo excited because I finally get to guess. Swistle phonetically sounds a lot like "Melissa" to me. Don't ask me how I get Melissa from Swistle, I just do. I think it's the 'is' sound in it. ANYWAY, looks like "Natalie" is pretty popular on the list and if you are another Natalie that would be soooo kewl!!!!

So here goes:

1. Melissa
2. Lisa
3. Kristi
4. Stacie (just because it's 150)
5. Teresa (Theresa - though I'm not sure why).

Natalie said...

Oh? you wanted guesses and not novels, sorry 'bout that.

Banana said...

First of all: OMG!

Second:
Victoria
Renee
Megan
Anne
Carolyn

Clarabella said...

Gah, just 5 guesses? I have 13 on my SHORT list. Ok,
1. Melissa
2. Danielle
3. Alison
4. Felicia
5. Melinda
All these names seem similar to me, which is why I must believe that one of them (GO MELISSA!) belongs to you. Plus, I think they're all pretty rocking names (although Felicia's kind of just for kicks)!

Clarabella said...

Damn, I should've read all the comments first. Natalie and I apparently think alike.

Clarabella said...

Ok, I swear this is my last post (tonight, heh!), but I can't help but be reminded of when half the blogosphere was scouring name lists for Sundry's newest boy. I don't think I ever posted a guess, but Dylan was certainly in my top 5, so I've got my fingers crossed now. (I really want a batch of fudge, can you tell?)

Ashley said...

Emily
Dawn
Samantha
Angela
Andrea

Friday sure seems far away right now!

laughing mommy said...

1. Sheila
2. Allison
3. Diane
4. Carolyn
5. Stacie

I threw in #5 because that is my name! (Well, Staci... close enough)

Michelle said...

1. Elizabeth
2. Michelle
3. Diane
4. Crystal
5. Sarah

By the way...if I'm lucky enough to win I want FUDGE. :)

Kristi said...

Anne (I heart Green Gables)
Katherine
Sarah
Elizabeth
Erin

K in the Mirror said...

1. Erica
2. Melanie
3. Jacqueline
4. Sara
5. Melinda

I am very curious.

Julia said...

1. Krista
2. Amber
3. Alison
4. Katrina
5. Natalie

andrea said...

1. Crystal
2. Kristy
3. Jennifer
4. Tricia
5. Kristen

Ami said...

OMG this is so exciting. Even SANS prizes. My guesses:

1) Suzanne
2) Jacqueline
3) Colleen
4) Gina
5) Erica

Ami said...

Oh, and I forgot to add (not like you asked my opinion) that I think the prize should be some of those minty brownies b/c I thought those looked awesome but was never motivated to make them myself. I'm just guessing that there were others out there as lazy as myself. :)

Constance The One Hundredth said...

1. Cheryl
2. Crystal
3. Samantha
4. Nicole
5. Rachel

Courtney said...

1. Cynthia
2. Andrea
3. Suzanne
4. Sherry
5. Lisa

1hot&tiredmama said...

OK, here goes . . .
1. Kathryn
2. Suzanne
3. Deanna
4. Julia
5. Anne

Anne is really my guess for your middle name? Can't wait to find out. Oh, I want the fudge!

Nowheymama said...

1. Sara
2. Sarah
(Narcissitic, much, Nowheymama?)
3. Emily (my sister's name)
4. Anne (middle name guess)
5. Samantha (because I agree with Elizabeth, re: Sam)

JMC said...

1. Melissa
2. Cynthia
3. Michelle
4. Tracey
5. Crystal

I don't really think it's Crystal, but I remember reading once that your real name sounded like Swistle, and Crystal was the closest I could find in the top 150.

Cass said...

Thank goodness you posted this today because I honestly wasn't sure WHAT I was going to do during a 7am conference call.

1. Kathryn
2. Samantha
3. Megan
4. Anne
5. Renee

I want fudge really bad so I hope I picked it.

Kristin H said...

1. Sarah
2. Stephanie
3. Stacy
4. Sonya
5. Samantha

I have always thought "Swistle" was a combination of your first and last names, and that your first name started with an S. In my mind, you are Sarah Thistle.

Shelly Overlook said...

Laura
Emily
Rachel
Tracy
Julie

Catharina said...

1. Linda
2. Amy
3. Diane
4. Catherine
5. Laura

I have no idea why I chose these names, just went with my feeling, I guess?
And because five are not enough, I have to include the other names on my short list. Ignore them when you're scoring, just adding them because I can't bear to just delete them :) So here they are: Lisa, Carolyn, Amber, Vanessa, Kristen, Alison, Sarah, Lynn. I don't know why, but I' betting on an L name. This is fun!

Welcome to our World said...

Suzanne
Samantha
Shelly - I was drawn to this one for you!
Sherri
Stacie

*I was born in 1973 and I did not really realize how popular my name was until just now... It was #16 (the Ch- version of it that is!) on the list! That is kind of neat to see!

Allstarme79 said...

1.) Katherine
2.) Kristine
3.) Tracy
4.) Diane
5.) Stacy

Jill said...

1. Laurie
2. Megan
3. Colleen
4. Diane
5. Allison

I'll be honest, I only looked between names 100 and 150, because if it were in the top 100 you would have said so, right? RIGHT?

Bethany said...

1. Sarah
2. Natalie
3. Katrina
4. Valerie
5. Erin

ktjrdn said...

1. Samantha
2. Victoria
3. Kathleen
4. Aamanda
5. Colleen

babytoddleretc said...

1. Connie ;)
2. Laura
3. Kelly
4. Christine
5. Cynthia

I was going to do this very scientifically by analyzing your favorite names but then just decided to just guess.


Mary Kate

Erica said...

I'm sitting here, scouring the top 150 names and asking myself "what's Swistle's real name?" Answer I keep coming up with? Swistle.

5. Bridget
4. Sherry/Sherri
3. Sonya
2. Allison
1. Sheila

Vicky said...

1. Jennifer
2. Jessica
3. Linda
4. Erin
5. Kathleen

Saly said...

Ok, I am going to tell you why I think your name is what I think it is and then I will list my other 4 contenders.

1. Susan (Swistle, to me, sounds like “Sue Whistle” and also I picture you looking like Susan from Seinfeld.)
2. Stacy
3. Melissa
4. Lisa
5. Sara (this is just for kicks because, well, you know)

This is really fun. Now I’m going to read everyone else’s comments!

Misguided Mommy said...

1. Rebecca
2. This is hard
3. My head hurts
4. I am no good at guessing
5. Now your MIL will really find you

d e v a n said...

1 - Shelly
2 - Beth
3 - Valerie
4 - Dawn
5 - Monica

That was hard. I have no idea. I kept looking for Swistle on the list.

Fine For Now said...

1. Diane
2. Susan
3. Terri
4. Carol
5. Anne

SLynnRo said...

1. Margaret
2. Catherine
3. Lisa
4. Carrie
5. Jacqueline

Melissa said...

This is so fun!

1. Elizabeth
2. Melissa ( like me ! )
3. Kristen
4. Laurie
5. Jamie

Cant wait to see the answers!!

MzEll said...

Alright...

Alison
Sonya
Jacqueline
Melinda
Andrea

elizasmom said...

Alright, like other commenters, I fifgured there had to be some sort of link between your real name and your pseudonym, so I went for rhyme and sort of general sound-ish-ness:

1. Crystal
2. Christy
3. Sara
4. Kristin
5. Sandra

Jess said...

1. Suzanne
2. Natalie
3. Leslie
4. Rachel
5. Bridget

Megan 78 said...

1. Anne
2. Lynn
3. Alison
4. Valerie
5. Sara

Ellen said...

1. Erica
2. Natalie
3. Melissa
4. Nicole
5. Stephanie

Yay, fun!

Pickles & Dimes said...

1. Swistle
2. Swistle
3. Swistle
4. Swistle
5. Swistle

(Just kidding! But I'm really torn about wanting to know your real name.)

My real guesses:

1. Christine (I've always had this in my head as your name; I don't know why)
2. Lynn (possibly a good middle name candidate)
3. Stacy
4. Melanie
5. Dawn

g~ said...

1) Laura
2) Holly
3) Dawn
4) Catherine
5) Samantha

OKay, going to read everyone else's guesses...
g~

HOLLY said...

1. Crystal
2. Michelle
3. Melissa
4. Samantha
5. Nicole

Slice of Paradise said...

1. Samantha
2. Colleen
3. Alison
4. Kristina
5. Diana

skiplovey said...

Wow this is hard. Y'know it'd really help if we had the picture part first. I'm much better if I have a face to work with. Anyway, here's my guess:

1. Katherine
2. Diane
3. Shelly
4. Carolyn
5. Emily

moo said...

SO. MUCH. FUN.

I didn't read anybody else's guesses, because I didn't want to be influenced.

1. Cheryl
2. Beth
3. Amy
4. Colleen
5. Connie

Now I'm going to read all the other comments and bash my head against the wall that I didn't pick better names.

Barbara said...

1 Samantha
2 Alison
3 Kathryn
4 Megan
5 Tracey

-R- said...

1. Kristine
2. Tricia
3. Suzanne
4. Kristen
5. Stacy

Courtney said...

This is SO MUCH FUN! I am DYING to know! Right now!!!!

1. Kathryn
2. Carolyn
3. Anne
4. Jamie
5. Samantha


my email is courtney@aisfobeautiful.com

Swistle said...

Luna- Partial (but really GOOD partial) credit for alternate spellings.

Jill- Or maybe I worked out with Mairzy what we thought was the right size name pool for the number of guesses. OR DID I??


EVERYONE- THIS IS SO FUN!!!

Swistle said...

Courtney- Nice try!

jess said...

1. Allison
2. Julia
3. Bridget
4. Tracey
5. Anne

Mary said...

Here goes:
1.)Lisa
2.)Melissa
3.)Elizabeth
4.)Allison
5.)Natalie

This is so exciting!

Mrs. M said...

First Name:

Katrina (this name seems fun and sassy, just like you and I can picture you loving having this name).
Kelly
Valerie
Bridget
Robin

Middle Name:

Nicole
Dawn
Michelle
Ann
Danielle

I’m going Katrina Nicole!

Mayberry said...

1. Rebecca
2. Rachel
3. Julia
4. Katherine
5. Sarah

Kathi A said...

1. Leslie
2. Laurie
3. Deanna
4. Shannon
5. Colleen

Betsy said...

1. Sherri
2. Samantha
3. Rebecca
4. Allison
5. Sara

I just love the name Sara, so you must too, right?!

Melanie said...

1. Beth
2. Tricia
3. Amber
4. Krista
5. Erika

Misty said...

I am not going to look at other folks answers before I guess, so I could be totally off base. But here goes...
1. Andrea
2. Laura
3. Alison
4. Catherine
5. Michelle

LoriD said...

1. Allison
2. Vanessa
3. Samantha
4. Tricia
5. Carolyn

Melospiza said...

Omigod omigod omigod I'm suddenly NERVOUS. Also, I will probably never be able to think of you as anything but Swistle (the Great). However, here goes (and I didn't look at any other entries, not that it matters, but still: my unsullied mind at work, below).

1. Megan
2. Melanie
3. Amanda
4. Samantha
5. Jacqueline

Clearly, I'm getting an "m" vibe from you. Hmm. Nervous!

CAQuincy said...

1. Crystal
2. Holly
3. Cynthia
4. Rachel
5. Sarah

Sara said...

Heeeee!

1. Sarah
2. Stacie
3. Amy
4. Kristy
5. Allison

Five Froggies said...

OK, out of the lurking woodwork for the NAME contest:

1. Natalie
2. Michelle
3. Kristen
4. Tiffany
5. Allison

Fun, fun!

Jennifer said...

As much as I would LOVE for you to be a part of the Jennifer Nation, my intuition tells me that you are one of the following:

1. Susan
2. Julie
3. Theresa
4. Diana
5. Molly

Miss Grace said...

First, I just have to tell you that my first name is Jennifer, which was the NUMBER ONE NAME FROM 1975-1990! I wish that pain on no child. And I go by my middle name.

Now my guesses:
1. Melissa
2. Rebecca
3. Tamara
4. Robin
5. Emily

Based entirely on names that I like.

erin said...

1. Crystal
2. Melissa
3. Kristen
4. Patricia
5. Suzanne

And since I'm delurking (how could I not for such a fun contest?), I want to add that I love your blog and I think you're fantastic!

Kristi said...

Trying, trying, trying NOT to read other comments before posting my guesses!!!!

1. Allison
2. Laurie
3. Karen
4. Michelle
5. Rebecca

HollowSquirrel said...

OOOh I love contests and knowing your name will be fun. Here goes:

1. Samantha
2. Aimee
3. Alison
4. Stacie
5. Julia

Linda said...

Fudge. Yum.

1. Crystal
2. Holly
3. Misty
4. Kristen
5. Nicole

Christine said...

Tracey
Karen
Alison
Andrea
Bethe

And, if it ends up being Melissa, I'll be sad I did not choose it. Melissa is my daughter's name (and she is 9 months old!)

EMama said...

1. Allison
2. Jamie
3. Erika
4. Megan
5. Lynn (which I actually believe to be your middle name)

I want the baby naming book or fudge or both. I'm feeling pretty greedy today.

Christine said...

1. Beth
2. Sharon
3. Patricia
4. Julia
5. Andrea

YAY!

desperate housewife said...

Here goes:
1. Kristin
2. Andrea
3. Laura
4. Julia
5. Dawn

nonsoccermom said...

1. Deanna
2. Katherine
3. Lynn
4. Samantha
5. Melinda

But you will always be Swistle as far as I'm concerned!!

I was surprised to see my name on that list. I wasn't born in '73, but I didn't realize that my name with my somewhat unique spelling was in the top 150 at any point.

Beth A. said...

1. Jennifer (going on the law of averages here)
2. Rebecca
3. Anne
4. Rachel
5. Lynn

Jess said...

Okay so I haven't guessed yet, but I have been wondering about the MIL issue. Will you take down old posts or just give her the bird and let em stand? I started looking through other posts to see if I am alone in this but then their guesses started swaying what I was originally thinking. I need more time to ponder.

Jess said...

What is also interesting to me is to see who ISN'T guessing. And that they must know your real name. Or maybe they're just pondering a bit longer too.

Sarcy said...

Laura
Diana
Allison
Elizabeth
Anne

I can envision you as any of the first three; Elizabeth or Anne are my middle-name guesses.

Swistle said...

Jess- I'm a little worried about the MIL issue---but my first name is common enough (top 150!) that I don't think it'll narrow things down MUCH. And in any case, I take down most of the iffy posts awhile after I post them, just because I'm kind of Anxious.

Some of the people who know my name already are friends from outside blogworld; some are people I've bought things from (like on Etsy). Some may or may not have paid large cash sums to find out before they realized they were going to find out later.

Liz :) said...

hummmm....
1. Stacie
2. Terri
3. Sheila
4. Elizabeth
5. Laura

Lucy said...

1. Catherine/Katherine/Kathryn (so many different spellings all in the top 150!)
2. Angela
3. Colleen
4. Regina
5. Theresa

rccalyn said...

Oooooo, this is so fun! I can' wait til Friday!

1. Jennifer
2. Susan
3. Deborah
4. Sarah
5. Kristy

honeybecke said...

Okie Doke, this is honeybecke.

I'm giving my guesses before reading any comments, I do not want to be influenced! Haha. I am relying on my hunches and nothing else, so here goes:

1. Holly
2. Tracy
3. Traci
4. Crystal
5. Theresa

OK! Done! That was fun.

Ginny said...

1. Kristy
2. Shannon
3. Stacy
4. Samantha
5. Melissa

Kristen Beach said...

1. Melinda
2. Renee
3. Colleen
4. Heidi
5. Wendy

Gahh..That was harder than I thought it would be! Anticipation. killing. me.

Hannah said...

So I read a ton of blogs, but I never really comment on them. But I CANNOT stay silent when Swistle is unmasking!!! It's just too cool. So, um, hi! I love your blog! And I think your name is:

1)Amy
2)Sarah
3)Christine
4)Suzanne
5) Monica

Mary said...

1. Heidi
2. Carrie
3. Monica
4. Connie
5. Erin

twithhoney said...

1. Jamie
2. Lynn
3. Stacey
4. Tina
5. Crystal

Betty M said...

Allison
Vanessa
Stacy
Kristen
Laurie

Sam said...

I just read over that list for about 45 minutes. I wrote down a ton of maybe's, then I closed my eyes and pointed 5 times and came up with these.

1. Katherine
2. Theresa
3. Lynn
4. Rebecca
5. Michelle

(Fingers Crossed) THIS IS SO MUCH FUN! We're all going to be bored when it's over!
Good Luck to everyone!

Type (little) a said...

Your name is "not-Janet"

For real? OK.

1 Michele
2 Jennifer
3 Elizabeth (or is that too obv)
4 Stacy
5 I am out of idears...

Anonymous said...

1. Alison
2. Kathryn
3. Erica
4. Laurie
5. Stacie

Julia said...

1) Stacey
2) Jennifer
3) Samantha
4) Julia
5) Kristi or Kristy

ispeakbeanish said...

1 - Christy
2 - Melissa
3 - Kim/Kimberly
4 - Jennifer
5 - Amanda

I was born in 1973 also. My picks were based on the names that were shared with multiple friends. For example, there were 3 Kim/Kimberlys (me included), 2 Christy/Kristy/Christi, 2 Amandas, 2 Jennifers, and 2 Melissas. If we could have had 6 guesses, my last name would have been Brandi in honor of the 2 Brandy/i I knew. Crazy!

the planet of janet said...

1. Christine
2. Connie
3. Dawn
4. Heather
5. Theresa

wow. that was fun. my total first instinct on this, though, is connie. no idea why. ;-)

caley said...

1. Katherine
2. Lynn
3. Julie
4. Jacqueline
5. Erin

And don't worry, you will ALWAYS be Swistle to me.

Also, I hate all my guesses. Not that I hate them as names, they're fine names. Just... I wish I was allowed weeks to research this, and then allowed to make 15 guesses instead of just 5. I don't know how I'm going to make it to Friday...

Hchisfd@gmail.com said...

1. Melanie
2. Elizabeth
3. Cheryl
4. Samantha
5. Melissa
I can't wait!!

clueless but hopeful mama said...

1. Allison
2. Amanda
3. Suzanne
4. Melinda
5. Melanie

ps. DYING to know. If you've always liked it and you're such a name person, it must be good!

Erin said...

1. Samantha
2. Sarah
3. Elizabeth
4. Laura
5. Kathleen

Erin said...

Oh, and meant to say also: Sounds like you got a promotion?! A new website where you'll need a photo and real name?! Tell us more!

And I am like Pickles & Dimes. I am torn about knowing your real name. I always liked just plain Swistle.

G said...

Fun!!

1. Shelley
2. Melissa
3. Shannon
4. Natalie
5. Jessica

Suzannah said...

1. Elizabeth
2. Robin (sounds nature-y like Thistle, so...well, probably so...nothing)
3. Anne
4. Sarah
5. Heidi

- Suzannah (never on any list, always spelled wrong, always either called "Suzanne" or cues clever people singing, but I always liked it anyway)

PS - Sorry if this posts multiple times...having trouble passing the word verification test.

pseudostoops said...

I included *my* real first name in my list, just for fun. =)

Kathleen
Sarah
Amy
Kristen
Allison

coffee stained laura said...

1. Jill
2. Sara
2. Sharon
4. Theresa
5. Misty

(I'm half joking for #5, but I'd really get a kick out of it if your name really is Misty.)

AndreAnna said...

1. Margaret
2. Nancy
3. Jacqueline
4. Valerie.
5. Lori

Steph the WonderWorrier said...

Alrighty, here we go:

1. Stacey
2. Suzanne
3. Shannon
4. Sandra
5. Cheryl

I have this whole initial thing going on my head, as if you must have an "S" name. LOL. I'm probably way off base, but I haven't been reading that long so I can't draw any clues from entries you've made or anything, I'm just going for it. LOL.

Meredith said...

1. Paula
2. Beth

Those are my only guesses.

Barb said...

Kristin
Shelley
Anna
Theresa
Tricia


I want to guess Barbara (because that's my name and no one else guessed it) but I don't really think that's your name, so I won't.

Anonymous said...

Being born in 1973 as well....
1. Jennifer
2. Emily
3. Christina (or Kristy)
4. Kelly
5. Danielle

BOSSY said...

Jennifer - that's Bossy's first and last guess. Everyone was Jennifer.

S said...

1. Beth
2. Dawn
3. Julie
4. Jill
5. Amy

I think I spent way too much time trying to figure this out!

Tess said...

Okay, I have gone over and over this, but my final five are:

1) Colleen
2) Jennifer
3) Julie
4) Andrea
5) Laurie

Nellyru said...

I am NOT GUESSING...geez louis, what if I picked a name you HATED?? THE BABY NAMING QUEEN OF THE WORLD, the person who has a WEBSITE DEVOTED TO NAMING BABIES (and can ALWAYS come up with well thought out, logical and PERFECT NAMES) and you want me to GUESS YOUR NAME?? Oh my god, no WAY! (Again, what if I picked out, like, your MOST HATED NAME EVER, and said that's what I think of you??? Oh, I can't even stand the thought...)

amanda said...

1. Emily
2. Elizabeth
3. Amanda (because of obvious reasons...)

K said...

Oh, the anticipation! It's a killer!

1. Samantha
2. Stacie
3. Allison
4. Tracey
5. Allison

Swistle said...

Come on, Nellyru! Pluck up your courage! I can only blame the '70s if I don't like the names!

beach mama said...

1) Jennifer
2) Allison
3) Diane
4) Kristy
5) Jessica

My real name is in my list too! :)

Tina G said...

1. Alison
I am not guessing any others because that name just suits you. I thought of a name first, then checked the website- and decided to go all or nothin'!

Kate said...

1. Jennifer
2. Jessica
3. Katherine
4. Alison

Jana said...

1. Laurie
2. Theresa
3. Catherine
4. Anne
5. Elizabeth

Danielle-lee said...

Emily?

Eva said...

1. Allison
2. Danielle
3. Robin
4. Nicole
5. Denise

jeff said...

1. Kristi
2. Emily
3. Kelly
4. Kristin
5. Erica

mrs. blogoway said...

Allison
Amber
Sonya
Megan
Felicia

parkingathome said...

Oh dear. So many comments.
Sharon
Suzanne
Carolyn
Julia
Michelle

Kelsey said...

1 - Colleen
(name of my oldest friend)
2 - Kristen
(name of my 3-5th grade BFF)
3 - Catherine
(name of a dear summer camp friend)
4 - Nicole
(name of one of my cousins)
5 - Kathleen
(name of one of my favorite aunts)

I don't know why I felt compelled to share the associations I have with those names.

The suspense is killing me!

Paige said...

So fun!

1.Laurie
2.Emily
3.Wendy
4.Julie
5.Melanie

Hey, I just realized they all end in an 'ee' sound. Weird!

Doing my best said...

1. Christine
2. Christina
3. Crystal
4. Dawn
5. Ann
Can't wait to find out =)!

Paula said...

1. Alison
2. Brandy
3. Sandra
4. Crystal
5. Suzanne

Dawn (#21 in 1973) said...

I was born in 1973 too. Here are my guesses.

1. Melissa
2. Kimberly
3. Stephanie
4. Julia
5. Megan

But I would totally love it if you are a Dawn too, even if I don't get credit for it. :)

drowninginlaundry said...

1. Tracey
2. Kathryn
3. Bridget
4. Deanna
5. Samantha

Sara said...

1. Beth
2. Laurie
3. Kristy
4. Kathryn
5. Allison

Marie Green said...

Wow, Swistle is going public. Amazing!

So here's my guesses:

Sarah
Michelle
Elizabeth
Beth
Tiffany

kristip829 said...

1. Kristina
2. Renee
3. Pamela
4. Cynthia
5. Shannon

renmen said...

1. Sheila
2. Allison
3. Erika
4. Lynn
5. Colleen

Emily said...

1. Sarah
2. Rachel
3. Colleen
4. Nicole
5. Kristen

el-e-e said...

Wow. You are going to need an actuary to compile all these answers. Have fun with that.

1. Kristen
2. Jill
3. Lori
4. Jennifer
5. Sarah

(I had to choose Jennifer because of your clue, "I have always liked it." Since the natural inclination is to believe that Jennifers DON'T like their uber-popular name. We'll see! Can't wait!)

Elizabeth said...

1. Kathy
2. Jill
3. Karen
4. Natalie
5. Kristine

Shelly said...

Okay, here are my guesses.

1. Shelly - if you share my name, I will die of happiness. No need to send prize.
2. Crystal - I like jmc's logic that it sounds like Swistle.
3. Allison
4. Amber
5. Laurie

Chraycee said...

1. Alison
2. Jennifer
3. Elizabeth
4. Heather
5. Sarah

Leash said...

1. Krista
2. Samantha
3. Crystal
4. Allison
5. Sheila

I had Colleen in there, but changed it. Please don't make me smack myself...

Also, I did the same as jill (before I saw she did it) hoping it pays off for one of us. :-D

YAY!

minnie said...

1. evelyn
2. elizabeth
3. michelle
4. jessica
5. emily

Cesca said...

In no particular order:

Catherine
Patricia
Cynthia
Susan
Karen

Omaha Mama said...

1. Allison
2. Vanessa
3. Laurie
4. Deanna
5. Anne

Are you nervous yet? This is all some pretty big build up! I can't wait for the big reveal.
When is the big reveal???

reagen said...

1. Jenny
2. Kim
3. Alison
4. Julia
5. Jill

Susan Elizabeth said...

1. Colleen
2. Elizabeth
3. Samantha
4. Kathleen
5. Laurie

Eeek, I so wanted 3 more guesses!

the new girl said...

You will always be Swistle to me.

But here are my guesses:
1. Katherine
2. Theresa
3. Anne
4. Debra
5. Megan

Jessica said...

1. Allison
2. Carolyn
3. Anne
4. Natalie
5. Megan

Sarah said...

Okay, I guess:

1) Elizabeth (I don't actually think you'd do this, but I though, why not?)
2) Jacqueline (so sophisticated!)
3) Veronica
4) Vanessa
5) Laurie

I'm not sure why I envision you having a complicated name, but there it is!

Rosemary said...

1. Allison
2. Natalie
3. Julie
4. Christina
5. Elizabeth

anatomist said...

oh i keep trying and trying and mulling over the name list, but you are swistle to me too! i can't do it. but i am dying to know! and i can't wait to hear more about the reason for the unveiling!

Laura said...

Alrighty... this was hard!

What? Your parents didn't like the name Swistle?

Since I want some fudge, let me give it a shot!

1. Shannon
2. Stacey
3. Lisa
4. Susanne
5. Candace

Do you need my address now to send fudge?

Dr. Maureen said...

When I saw the third contest prize, I was inspired to have a go because I covet it.

1. Catherine
2. Theresa
3. Anna
4. Emily
5. Heather

A Mom Two Boys said...

1. Bridget
2. Shelley
3. Allison
4. Sonya
5. Samantha

Pink said...

Here goes!

1. Elizabeth
2. Samantha
3. Katherine
4. Theresa
5. Sarah

Casper said...

1. Rebecca
2. Stacy
3. Kristine
4. Catherine
5. Cristy

Jennifer said...

My guesses:
1. Colleen. (This was the only one of my original 5 that was in the top 150.)
2. Rebecca. (Well, rooting for "Becky" here. I've always liked that.)
3. Emily.
4. Nicole.
5. Laura.

Maggie said...

1. Allison
2. Julie
3. Leslie
4. Melinda
5. Kristin

Can't wait!

RainyPM said...

1 - Allison
2 - Shelley
3 - Dawn
4 - Beth
5 - Cindy

Carolyn said...

1.Kimberly
2. Jennifer
3. Jill
4. Allison
5. Deana

Crystal said...

1. Susan
2. Cynthia
3. Sherry
4. Linda
5. Deborah

Anonymous said...

1) Emily
2) Lindsey
3) Heather
4) Lauren
5) Ashley

lolanewyork07 said...

Laurie
Carolyn
Stacey
Cindy
Jennifer

Jess in Nebraska said...

1. Shannon
2. Elizabeth
3. Samantha
4. Natalie
5. Allison

Jen said...

Oh holy crap. I've been offline for a week, and look what I ALMOST MISSED OUT ON!

1. Wendy
2. Amber
3. Allison
4. Emily
5. Katherine

Leah said...

Jennifer
Tracy
Dawn
Carrie
Leslie

Becky said...

1. Samantha
2. Melissa
3. Julia
4. Catherine
5. Rebecca

Shoeaddict said...

Ok, I'm not looking at anyone's guesses.

1.Patricia
2.Melissa
3.Kristen (because it's my name)
4.Sarah
5.Amy

August said...

1. Jenny (or Jennifer)
2. Alison
3. Tracy
4. Suzie
5. Nina

Maybe sibling names Christopher, David, Brian, Jeff, and Justin.

--August

Anonymous said...

Erin

Kimberly

Debra

Diane

Patricia

Laura said...

Bridget
Alison
Monica
Carolyn
Suzanne

I love your contests!

Melinda said...

1. Valerie
2. Jacqueline
3. Allison
4. Jamie
5. Katherine

This is so awesome! I'm so excited about the big reveal!

Libby said...

1. Michelle
2. Lynn
3. Elizabeth
4. Paula
5. Suzanne

Mommy Daisy said...

Ok, Ok, I'm finally here to guess. This is torture. I've been mulling it over for days. And I'm finally coming to guess.

1. Angela
2. Christina
3. Denise
4. Theresa
5. Ann

Now I'm on to vote for a photo.

Bunny said...

Theresa, Laura, Michelle

Blondie said...

1) Shannon
2) Melissa
3) Megan
4) Jennifer
5) Stephanie

Sysha said...

1. Jacqueline
2. Renee
3. Susan
4. Stephanie
5. Valerie

Fun!

Jess said...

1-Alison
2-Sarah
3-Angela
4-Kathleen
5-Anna

Lettie said...

1. Melissa
2. Julie
3. Anne
4. Kristen
5. Rebecca

Snoopyfan said...

1. Melissa
2. Kristine
3. Allison
4. Michele
5. Tricia