Introducing The Nayme Necklace

Remember those kiosks in the mall where you could get customized jewellery with cheap metal letters on black cord? Pretty much every kid I knew in the 90’s had one, including me and I wore it for picture day thinking it was the best thing ever. Then came the cursive Carrie style name necklaces popularized by Sex and the City and other variations that girls still love today.


And it’s not just necklaces, the multi-billion dollar personalized products industry has your name written all over it! I’ve got key chains, shot glasses, magnets and more – but as these trinkets accumulate dust, I know I’ve grown beyond wearing my name around my neck.

As an adult, I still understand the appeal, but I want something more meaningful. Needless to say, I was very intrigued when I heard about the latest iteration of the popular name necklace…

Introducing Nayme (pronounced “name”). Each Nayme necklace is designed to symbolically represent the meaning of a name rather than spelling it out. Genius if you ask me!


Better yet, the pendants are designed and made in Canada from quality 0.925 sterling silver, accompanied by a delicate, Italian sterling silver chain. Each necklace comes perfectly wrapped in an elegant black gift box, inscribed with your name, its origin and meaning. I loved clicking through the website to see Nayme’s unique interpretation of each name through beautifully designed pendants. Here’s mine:

Nicole, from the Greek meaning “people’s victory”, laurel wreath inspired by the wreaths of Ancient Greece.

With quality materials and unique-chic style, it’s sentiment you can wear without feeling cheesy. Simple and elegant on its own or layered with other necklaces in your collection.


I had the pleasure of meeting Nayme’s Founder, Louise Henry, for a coffee and a little interview and I’m beyond impressed with the entrepreneurial savvy of this twenty-something beauty fresh out of university! In addition to launching her business late last year, Louise is also a model with Elmer Olsen in Toronto. Beauty and brains!

LouiseHow was Nayme born? The inspiration for Nayme came to me while I was on a family vacation in Florida. I was in a little tourist shop and was drawn to the personalized key chains to see if my name was there. It was then that I thought, wouldn’t it be nice to have a personalized gift that was high-quality and more meaningful? So, I came up with The Nayme Necklace. I knew the idea was original and it satisfied my creative side, so I jumped right in. This led to a summer of sketching with my best friends and building my business in the fall!

Describe the design process. It starts with a name. We research the origin and meaning and this provides the initial inspiration for the pendant. Designing with that concept in mind is fun, because it challenges us to portray the meaning in a creative and genuine way. We aim to design classic, yet original pieces, inspired by the women we envision wearing them.

Describe the Nayme woman in 3 words.
Confident. Sentimental. Elegant.

Who inspires you? I’m inspired by successful female entrepreneurs like Sara Blakely (founder of Spanx), who built her empire toting products around in a backpack, and e-commerce savvy Sophia Amoruso (CEO of Nasty Gal), who has built a vast and loyal customer base.

What’s next for Nayme? We’re designing new pendants so that every woman will be able to find The Nayme Necklace for her.

Search for your Nayme in the online shop! Can’t find it? No worries! You can request a custom solution and they’ll be in touch. Each Nayme necklace is priced at $130 (CDN) and in my opinion, it’s a worthwhile investment for something you can wear with pride for years to come. It’s a thoughtful gift idea for the ladies in your life too!

Which is why I’m VERY excited to be giving one away!!!
Enter for your chance to win your very own Nayme necklace using the Rafflecopter form below. At a minimum, you must leave a blog post comment telling me what your name means! You can gain additional entries through social media! Contest closes on Tuesday March 12 at 11:59pm and the winner will be announced the following day. Good luck!

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  1. Yvonne Tsui March 5, 2013 / 10:24 am

    Yvonne is a French name and is the female form of Yvon, derived from the Germanic name Yves. It is from the Germanic word iv, meaning “yew.” This name means “beautiful girl”, from the Germanic word Iv meaning “yew.”

  2. raz March 5, 2013 / 10:35 am

    my name means happiness or pleasing..

  3. Ashley March 5, 2013 / 10:40 am

    Ashley – generally means ‘Ash Tree’.

  4. Lisa March 5, 2013 / 10:42 am

    My name means God’s promise! Had no idea!

  5. Sophia March 5, 2013 / 10:57 am

    My name means “wisdom”!

  6. Megan March 5, 2013 / 10:58 am

    My name means ‘Pearl’ or as a Greek name means ‘Child of Light’

  7. Steffi March 5, 2013 / 10:58 am

    My name means Crown

  8. Ally Lesniak March 5, 2013 / 11:03 am

    Apparently my name means “of a noble kind” :) My full name is Aleksandra and means “helper to mankind”. I hope I live up to both meanings!

  9. Stefan March 5, 2013 / 11:09 am

    Stefan, to me, means overcoming fatigue and grooving to Nicki Minaj.

  10. Simon March 5, 2013 / 11:10 am

    My girlfriend’s name is Tina. Her name means: “follower of Christ”

  11. Vanessa March 5, 2013 / 11:10 am

    Vanessa means buutterfly — I’ve always had a thing for birds and anything that can fly. Butterflies are beautiful and remind me that I can A little cheesy but I love it.

  12. Francine March 5, 2013 / 12:05 pm

    I so deserve to win – I never knew this, but my name means “free”!!!!!

  13. Erika March 5, 2013 / 12:06 pm

    Eternal ruler!!

  14. TOGirl March 5, 2013 / 1:32 pm

    The name ‘Constanze’ was never on any of those personalized necklaces or keychaines! It’s a German name that comes from the spelling ‘Constance’ and it means ‘constant’ and ‘steadfast’.

  15. Amy March 5, 2013 / 1:33 pm

    beloved :)

  16. zahra p March 5, 2013 / 1:38 pm

    My name means “The Radiant”

  17. Sandy Trojansek March 5, 2013 / 1:41 pm

    Apparently, my name means defender of mankind! Interesting…:)

  18. Tomi Salami March 5, 2013 / 2:00 pm

    My name means God is enough to love!

  19. emma walpole March 5, 2013 / 2:36 pm

    I have read that Emma is meaning whole or universal, but I have also heard “Nurse” which I like to think suits me, like to help everyone, look after everyone

  20. Kate P March 5, 2013 / 3:31 pm

    Katherine means pure. And I love her interpretation of it!

  21. Tricia C. March 5, 2013 / 3:48 pm

    Noble, wellborn.

  22. Trisha March 5, 2013 / 4:15 pm

    Louise does such a beautiful job and is such a beautiful person. As one of those girls who never finds her name on the cheap versions of personalized pens etc., I think this is such a perfect concept.

  23. Emma Finlayson March 5, 2013 / 4:53 pm

    Emma means “whole or of the universe”. From one of the previous comments, I see that it also means “nurse” , which is a bit more accessible!

  24. Lianna March 5, 2013 / 5:02 pm

    Apparently, my English name means “daughter of the sun,” which is pretty cool. The hebrew version apparently means “God has spoken.” I like the English meaning better!

  25. melsays March 5, 2013 / 5:45 pm

    me likey! I’d love a MEL necklace!!!

  26. beth March 5, 2013 / 8:40 pm

    my name means house of figs lol

  27. Melissa March 5, 2013 / 8:51 pm

    What a coincidence that today they featured their “Melissa” necklace, as that is my name. The meaning of Melissa is Greek for Honeybee. I might just need two, as my dog is named Honeybee 😉

  28. Stephanie March 5, 2013 / 11:06 pm

    Stephanie means Crown

  29. Tina D March 6, 2013 / 1:41 am

    My name means: follower of Christ
    Which is odd because I’m not religious at all!

  30. Heather March 6, 2013 / 8:10 am

    My name means “a flowering plant”. What a great company idea and wonderful give away, thank you for sharing!

  31. ginette4 March 6, 2013 / 8:25 am

    God is gracious is the meaning of my name :)

  32. Taylor Schaffer March 6, 2013 / 12:18 pm

    Taylor: Of English origin, the meaning of Taylor is “to tailor,” uniquely represented by this handcrafted zipper-patterned oval pendant.

  33. Rachel March 6, 2013 / 2:29 pm

    My name means ‘Innocent Lamb’ and it’s a cute ball of yarn! Adorable.

  34. Katherine Langdon March 6, 2013 / 5:49 pm

    Katherine means ‘pure’ so mine is a water droplet, very pretty!

  35. Aliana March 6, 2013 / 5:53 pm

    Noble and Gracious, with an old Latin origin.

  36. Megan March 6, 2013 / 9:40 pm

    Megan is a Welsh diminutive form of Margaret, from Greek ‘margaron’, “pearl”, and thus means “little pearl”.

    I love that!! And it would make a really cute necklace :)

  37. Stephanie Fusco March 7, 2013 / 10:30 am

    Love yours! Stephanie means “crowned”. Fitting, I think 😉

  38. Tamika March 7, 2013 / 10:50 am

    Fun contest!! My name “Tamika” is derived from a Japanese name (male actually) “Tamiko”. It means Child of the People. p.s. Louise is so sweet and what a great concept. My name jewelry growing up was also less than desirable.

  39. ashley March 7, 2013 / 11:22 am

    I just found out about this company through twitter and am totally coveting my own necklace!! My name means “dweller near the ash tree meadow” which is lovely and totally have a fascination with trees…

  40. Stephanie March 7, 2013 / 11:35 am

    Stephanie is a female name that comes from the Greek name “Stefanos” (Στέφανος) meaning “crown”. But I would love to win one for my best friend, Colleen – which isn’t an option yet. Maybe Nayme would make one special for her!

  41. Sasha March 7, 2013 / 11:51 am

    OMG…love the concept and adore the pieces. It’s brilliant. Just searched my name, which is unisex and is actually Russian and it means “man’s defender”. Pretty dope! Need to get my hands on the the shield symbol that associated with my moniker!

  42. Stephanie March 7, 2013 / 12:20 pm

    I’m obsessed with these! They are so beautiful. Another Stephanie here… which is rooted in Greek and means “crowned” or “crowned in victory.” Not bad!

  43. maria March 10, 2013 / 2:37 am

    My name means star of the sea

  44. ChantaeCandize March 10, 2013 / 11:46 am

    My name is Chantaé and is originates from the french word Chanter which means to sing.

  45. EP March 10, 2013 / 6:44 pm

    Ireland! Very long history.

  46. Susan March 11, 2013 / 1:09 pm

    Susan means “a lily”, and also happens to be my FAV flower:)

  47. Marriska March 11, 2013 / 1:33 pm

    My name’s unique…still got to find the meaning!

  48. Jillian March 11, 2013 / 2:43 pm

    My name means youthful and child of the gods.

  49. Steph March 11, 2013 / 3:31 pm

    My name means ‘crown’ and I absolutely LOVE the Nayme interpretation of it!

  50. Reham March 11, 2013 / 3:39 pm

    Love the idea of the Nayme necklaces!
    My name means “the dew on flowers in the morning”.

  51. Karen March 11, 2013 / 10:33 pm

    Karen means “pure”

  52. Heather March 12, 2013 / 7:35 am

    Google tells me that my name means: “People with this name have a deep inner desire to inspire others in a higher cause, and to share their own strongly held views on spiritual matters.”

  53. Corina March 12, 2013 / 8:08 am

    Neat question! My name is Corina Michelle, which means (apparently) ‘Maiden who is Like God’ — not bad :)

  54. cindy b March 12, 2013 / 11:02 am

    my name means light!

  55. Tyla March 12, 2013 / 11:14 am

    I don’t think my name has a meaning?!

  56. mishal butt March 12, 2013 / 9:58 pm

    my name means torch

  57. Jodi Taylor March 12, 2013 / 10:55 pm

    My name is Jodi, and it means ‘God will Increase’. It’s an English name and also means someone who is looked up to or admired.

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