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The Unisex Name Map of America—and What It Tells Us

January 29, 2020 LauraWattenberg 3 min read 12 Comments

Unisex baby names are on the rise. Nationwide, names used for both boys and girls are more popular today than ever before. Why? If you read media reports of the phenomenon, the answer seems clear: it stems from a new commitment to gender equality and fluidity. Unisex names “defy stereotyping” […]

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The Name that Makes the Song, Then and Now

January 24, 2020 Namerology 3 min read 1 Comment

What would the song “Hey There Delilah” have become if the subject of the singer’s yearnings had a different name? In 2005 when the Plain White T’s hit was written, Delilah was still an uncommon and unconventional name, especially for a college-aged woman. Dozens of likelier options could have satisfied […]

What’s Your “Name Age”?

January 16, 2020 LauraWattenberg 1 min read 19 Comments

Can you sort these three American males in age order from youngest to oldest, based just on their names? RichardKadenKyle Chances are, you’d call Kaden the youngest, Kyle the middle, and Richard the oldest. That order feels right. But what is it based on? Certainly not on recent popularity—the three […]

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How a Traditional Name Can Thrive Today

January 12, 2020 LauraWattenberg 3 min read 1 Comment

These are tough times for classic names. Even names that have stood as gold standards for timelessness are falling out of fashion: William, Katherine and Elizabeth have hit all-time popularity lows. Yet even in this naming climate, some traditional choices are thriving. Names like Amelia, Sebastian and Naomi have reached […]

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