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Add H: America’s Silent Trend

June 7, 2021 Namerology 3 min read 5 Comments

There’s a new letter in town, and it’s just for show. Allow me to introduce the “ornamental H,” an alphabetic flourish that’s adding a stylistic—not phonetic—note to names like Whyatt, Khadence and Ameliah. The story behind the style is a cultural ride that takes us everywhere from the Bible to […]

The Brand-New Boys’ Names Alphabet, from Abaddon to Zeref

May 19, 2021 Namerology 3 min read No Comments
Iorek (armored bear) and Suho (K-pop star)

Over a thousand names made their all-time debuts in the 2020 baby name statistics, meaning they were given to five or more American boys or girls for the first time ever. Together, they make up a cultural kaleidoscope. You’ll find names representing languages and faiths from around the world; popular […]

How a Viral Name Post Got the Story Backwards

May 15, 2021 Namerology 3 min read 2 Comments

The Reddit post earned thousands of upvotes and comments. Strangers pointed me to it; friends and family pointed me to it. The data was right there in a graph, the trend unmistakable. And yet the name story wasn’t true. The baby name Karen did not just plummet into obscurity, pushed […]

The Top 5 Baby Names of Every US State

May 13, 2021 Namerology 1 min read 8 Comments

Olivia unites us, Theodore divides us, and Oliver is the King in the North. Those are some of the takeaways from a new look at the most popular baby names in every US State in 2020. Olivia, the nation’s top girl’s name, ranks in the top 5 in every single […]

4 Things We Learned From the 2020 Baby Name Data

May 9, 2021 Namerology 4 min read 1 Comment

Some quick notes on themes emerging from the new national baby name statistics. 1. Masculinity Through Word NamesOver one thousand names made their all-time debuts in this year’s name stats, 500+ each for boys and girls. Common English words appeared three times more often among the boys’ names. I suspect […]

The Fastest-Rising Names of the Year, 2020

May 7, 2021 Namerology 3 min read 11 Comments

2020 was a year like no other. In a time of loss, division and moral reckoning, the fastest rising names of the year were not hot new celebrity names, but memorials. Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash in January, 2020. Kobe was […]

America’s New Top Baby Names

May 7, 2021 Namerology 1 min read No Comments

Just in: the official ranking of the most popular baby names in the USA for the year 2020.  BOYS GIRLS 1 Liam Olivia 2 Noah Emma 3 Oliver Ava 4 Elijah Charlotte 5 William Sophia 6 James Amelia 7 Benjamin Isabella 8 Lucas Mia 9 Henry Evelyn 10 Alexander […]

“Tell Me Your Name Without Telling Me Your Name”

April 27, 2021 LauraWattenberg 2 min read 38 Comments
Namerology Challenges

A social media craze is taking on names. And, my fellow name enthusiasts, I think we can do it better. The game is called a #TellMeChallenge, or “tell me without telling me.” The goal is to convey a piece of information in a sideways manner, with a reference that makes […]

Double Trouble: Transformer Names

April 21, 2021 Namerology 2 min read 4 Comments

Nicknames are a change of pace. Any formal name that comes with an appealing nickname can be a 2-for-1 bargain, letting you adjust your name to suit your setting. But some names take the style versatility further: from elegant to bold, from Bruce Wayne to Batman, from banker to buzzsaw. […]

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