Names are part of the culture of our times and our world—sometimes in surprising ways. For each of these pairs of name events and world events, can you guess which came first?
The name Luke reaches its all time U.S. popularity peak
Return of the Jedi completes the original Star Wars trilogy
Maria becomes more popular than Mary in the U.S.
A Spanish-language song hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time
The name Roxie reaches its all-time U.S. popularity peak
The prohibition era begins in the United States
Harry becomes the #1 boy's name in England
The concluding book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is published
Jamal debuts as a top-1,000 American boy's name, the first hit of the African-heritage name wave
Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington
The name Justin hits the U.S. boys' top 10
Singers Justin Timberlake and Justin Bieber have top-10 hits in the same year
The boy's name Andre hits its peak popularity in the U.S.
The boy's name André hits its peak popularity in France
Jennifer becomes America's #1 girl's name
The U.S. Supreme Court strikes down state laws requiring women to take their husbands' surnames
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Which Came First? Names & Culture Quiz
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Fun! …However I only knew a couple of answers for sure, without doubt or relying on other reasoning, because I remember Laura’s articles on those particulars. 😉