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These Names Were Once Hidden Gems. What Happened?

August 27, 2021 LauraWattenberg 2 min read No Comments

It’s the ultimate baby name dream: a name that’s stylish and appealing, yet undiscovered. In my Baby Name Wizard books I try to unearth these hidden gems. My “Why Not?” category lists names with the ingredients for popularity that have somehow slipped under the fashion radar. I submitted the first […]

Want to See 400 Years of French Baby Names?

August 12, 2021 LauraWattenberg 2 min read 4 Comments

Some days, the y-axis feels like my enemy. I’ll be tracing a name’s past popularity on a graph, when the history cuts off abruptly at a point 100 or so years ago. Too many questions about the past are left unanswered. Now, though, we have an opportunity to take a […]

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A Paean to Common Names

August 5, 2021 LauraWattenberg 2 min read 3 Comments

What makes names so powerful? A recent thread on tumblr offered one answer, based on connection. Some excerpts: “u ever think abt how some names have been used for centuries, millenniums even…like how many times has the earth heard a mother calling, ‘alexander!’…how many times have the stars caught a […]