Max & Mila

A fun new way to pick your baby's name together with your partner.

More than 64,000 names that you can filter by gender, origin, length and starting letter.

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A game for two

It takes two humans to make a baby. It takes two apps to find a name:

  • You play with the Max app
  • Your partner plays with the Mila app (free)

Your two phones will pair up and any name you like will be presented to your partner and vice versa.

Scroll down to see how it works.

Name explanations

You can tap each name to find out more. You'll learn about the origin and gender of the name and see Wikipedia data. Also, the app will do a google image search for people with that name so you can get a idea about how your kid will look should you choose that name ;-)

Links to similar names, name popularity and further information are provided and will take you to behindthename.com, one of the best given name websites.

Origin and language filter

All names are categorized by region and origin. Choose a whole continent with just a tap or restrict your name search to certain countries or languages.

You can even choose from different mythologies and religions as well as fun collections like "Oscar winners" or "People who went to space".

Length & Starting letter

Sometimes you know that you want a really short name. With Max & Mila you can restrict the name search to names of a certain length.

Did you make a little brother or sister? Find a name with the same starting letter as your first kid by allowing or disallowing certain characters as the first letter.

Confetti time!

If you tap like on a name that your partner has liked already, confetti will fly and your partner will be notified of this lucky moment.

You found a name! How great is that???

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Matches

You can browse a list of all matches you have found so far. On that list, you can tap the name to see more information and further links about that name. Or, if you changed your mind you can dislike a name to remove it from your list of matches.

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Contact me

If you have questions, need help with the app or would like to let me know your thoughts about Max & Mila, you can email me directly, tap the chat button on the bottom of the window or leave a message right here:

About Max & Mila

The why

My wife and I have very different taste in names, which makes it hard to find a name we both like. To add to that, my wife comes from Catalonia and I'm from Germany. That's two very different languages. We wanted to find a name that people from both countries are actually able to pronounce.

I researched, found a couple of sites with name information and also a couple of apps, but nothing that matched my needs. I wanted to be able to filter out names with certain starting letters, and also I knew I wasn't looking for a Chinese name. And I wanted something that would automatically discover and collect the names both my wife and I like. The matches we have in common.

So naturally, I sat down on the weekends and made a little app that fits my needs, and so Max & Mila was born. A small, friendly app that tries to do exactly what's needed to find a baby name, and nothing else.

The how

I couldn't have done it without you! To be precise, I couldn't have done it without these technologies and the lovely people behind them. So here are my thanks and acknowledgements to these fine folks:

  • Mike Campbell, who maintains behindthename.com. A great resource for all things given names. That's where I send you from inside Max & Mila if you want to know more about a name.
  • Wikpedia, you've probably heard of this. I display snippets of Wikipedia pages with name information.
  • Hoodie, an open source project that helps create offline first apps. It provides the synchronization mechanisms of Max & Mila which keep your phone and that of your partner in sync.
  • React, a javascript library for building user interfaces. I wanted to try something new, React was new, and it's fun to use.
  • Phonegap, a framework that lets you wrap websites as smartphone apps.
  • Appback, a friendly little firm providing a hosted Hoodie environment.
  • Surge, super slick static page hosting - they are the folks serving you this website, for free!

The who

My name is Jannis, and I have a very smart and outdated website over at jann.is, you should really not look at it.

Privacy policy

I'm not a lawyer, so this is a weird privacy policy that sounds like it is written by a human for a human. By installing and using the app, you agree that the following terms are fine with you:

First off: I store no information that would identify you as a person:No email, no phone number, no social network information, and so forth. I really just store the things that need to get from your phone to that of your partner and the other way around. Since your two phones can't communicate directly, they both communicate with my servers.

What exactly is stored?

  • The first name of you and your partner (as entered by you)
  • The filter settings
  • The names you liked
  • Anonymous identifiers for your devices that enables me to send push notifications
  • Anonymous counters for how often which event has occured (likes, dislikes, matches, and so forth). These statistics help me determine if the app actually works, or if people get stuck somewhere.

Where is it stored?

The anonymous statistics are stored in Google Analytics and Mixpanel, feel free to check out their privacy policies: Google/ Mixpanel. The other information mentioned above is stored with the friendly folks of AppBack, who also have a privacy policy.

Concerns?

I'm always happy to hear from you, feel free to drop me a line.