What do Simone Biles, Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky have in common? The three dominant athletes have had the exact same impact on American baby naming: none at all.
Who gets to name Kamala Harris? For those of us in the hearing world, the question may scarcely make sense. But for American Sign Language users, the question was a pressing one after the 2020 election.
You should expect to meet a lot more Frankies, Stevies and Georgies in the years ahead. And you should expect most of them to be girls.
The letter X has put its stamp on the past generation of American baby names. X is now a force to be reckoned with—but not for everyone.