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Who is Your “Namesis”?

June 10, 2019 LauraWattenberg 2 min read 25 Comments

Your name has enemies. Don’t blame yourself, it’s nothing that you did. In fact, your name itself is perfectly innocent. But somewhere out there, there’s another name holding a grudge. I learned this from a Twitter conversation started by a Jonah who declared Jonas his name’s natural enemy. When he […]

25 Boys’ Names with the Essence of Scotland

June 7, 2019 LauraWattenberg 1 min read No Comments

How deep do you have to dig for a boy’s name that still sounds Scottish to American ears? US parents have already mined Scottish name traditions for generations of hits, from Ronald to Bruce to Cameron. Can there be any fresh, stylish and distinctly Scottish names still left to discover? […]

How Alexa the Product Conquered Alexa the Name

May 31, 2019 LauraWattenberg 3 min read 5 Comments

Amazon put us on a collision course. Not that we couldn’t see it coming—Apple’s Siri had sent early-warning signals years before. With Amazon’s “virtual assistant” Alexa, though, there was no escape. Human names and virtual names met head on, and the human names blinked. Alexa was America’s fastest-falling baby name […]

Maeve of Massachusetts, Meet Magnus of Minnesota

May 22, 2019 LauraWattenberg 3 min read 1 Comment

In my teenage daughters’ generation, American girls named Madison outnumber Bridgets by nearly 20 to 1. Yet my kids have had plenty of classmates named Bridget, and they’ve never met a Madison. A statistical fluke? In part, yes, but the odds were stacked by geography. We live in Massachusetts. This […]

The Top Baby Names in Every US State

May 16, 2019 LauraWattenberg 1 min read No Comments

Liam and Emma continue to reign as America’s top baby names. Depending on where you live, though, you might be more likely to meet babies named Amelia and Oliver, or Harper and Grayson. For your browsing pleasure, here are the top 5 baby names in each state. While the top […]

Say Goodbye to Susan and 16 Other Baby Name Standbys

May 15, 2019 LauraWattenberg 4 min read No Comments

Not every name has the style strength to stick around for generations. This year we say goodbye to 17 of those long-lasting names, as they have dropped off the top-thousand popularity lists for the first time in at least 50 years. In a few cases, it was the first time […]

42 Absolutely Brand-New Baby Names That Tell a Story

May 13, 2019 LauraWattenberg 1 min read 2 Comments

Meet America’s newest baby names. Each year, hundreds of names make their debut in the U.S. name statistics, meaning they were given to at least five newborn boys or girls in one year for the first time ever. I’ve collected some highlights in notable categories from 2018. Together, they paint […]

The Biggest Trend in Baby Names Isn’t Over Yet

May 12, 2019 LauraWattenberg 2 min read No Comments

I thought the wave had crested. I was wrong. Back in 2007, I first reported on an unprecedented convergence in American baby names: one letter was dominating the boys’ side. Across the style spectrum, everybody wanted their boys’ names to end in N. Almost a third of American boys were […]

The Fastest-Rising Boys’ Names of the Year

May 10, 2019 LauraWattenberg 1 min read 3 Comments

Counting down the boys’ names making the biggest moves on the 2018 popularity chart: #5. Saint Kim Kardashian and Kanye West struck a chord with their first boy’s name choice. Saint fit in with popular “exalted” names like King and Messiah, while its sound set it gently apart. #4. Elián […]

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