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The Unisex Name Myth

October 8, 2020 LauraWattenberg 6 min read 11 Comments

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 […]

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The Ultra-Literal Name Map of the United States

September 29, 2020 LauraWattenberg 1 min read 3 Comments

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 […]

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

September 15, 2020 LauraWattenberg 1 min read No Comments

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” — […]

These 21 Familiar Names Vanished in 2019

September 10, 2020 LauraWattenberg 1 min read 2 Comments

Every year, new baby names arrive on the style scene. That means that every year, old baby names depart. It’s time to give the outgoing names their due. 21 names that had been staples of the US top-1000 popularity lists for over 30 years departed in 2019. A few of […]

The Two Biggest Stories from the Annual Baby Name Data

September 7, 2020 LauraWattenberg 3 min read 5 Comments

The two biggest baby name stories of 2019 were more about substance than style. The top hitmakers—the late hip-hop artist Nipsey Hussle and the film The Hate U Give—made their marks across names as varied as Kross and Sekani, Ermias and Seven. In the process, they helped define a cultural […]

The World Map, In U.S. Baby Names

September 5, 2020 Namerology 1 min read 4 Comments

Some baby names are from another country. These baby names are another country. And now we’ve put them on the map. 29 different country names were represented in last year’s U.S. baby name stats. A few are classic, familiar baby names that we may not even think of as geographic […]

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