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What is Your Pick for the Name of the Year?

November 17, 2020 Namerology 1 min read 27 Comments
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What name is a time capsule of this year? What is the 2020 Name of the Year? Every year, we ask the name-savvy public to weigh in on the Name of the Year. This year it may seem a tall order, asking a single name to capture such a momentous […]

Parents are Breaking the One-Word Barrier

October 29, 2020 Namerology 2 min read 3 Comments
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Another baby name barrier is falling—a big one. Even this age of creative, high-impact naming, baby names have generally remained single words. But not any more. American parents have started to create names out of phrases. Compound names like Mary Kate or Jon-Michael have always been common enough, as have […]

We’ve Updated the Interactive Name Map

October 25, 2020 Namerology 1 min read No Comments
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The Namerology Ultimate Name Map is now freshly updated with the latest US baby name popularity from coast to coast. Just type some letters in the search box on the upper left and start exploring. You can search for individual names, or look for patterns in initials, endings or letter […]

The Unisex Name Myth

October 8, 2020 LauraWattenberg 6 min read 11 Comments
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Is there a unisex style of baby names? Names that parents consistently choose without regard to gender, that are perceived in a gender-neutral way as a child goes through life? We usually take the idea for granted. You can find thousands of lists of unisex name ideas, including one in […]

The Ultra-Literal Name Map of the United States

September 29, 2020 LauraWattenberg 1 min read 3 Comments
US map shaded by how many babies received the same name as the state

Is it a state, or is it a baby? Let’s start off easy. Connecticut is a state. Emily is a baby. Georgia we’ll have to score for both sides. Now, how about Kansas? Before you answer, you might want to talk to the 30 American families that named babies Kansas […]

Nothing Happened to “Karen” and “Donald” Last Year

September 15, 2020 LauraWattenberg 1 min read No Comments
Graphs showing sharpt 60 year declines in the names Karen and Donald

Nope, nothing. You could be excused for thinking otherwise, given headlines like these: “Baby Name Karen Falling in Popularity” — Fox News “No surprises there! Popularity of the name ‘Karen’ drops to its lowest since the 1930s” — Daily Mail “The Baby Name ‘Donald’ Continues To Decline In Popularity” — […]

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