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21 Names You Will Never, Ever Name Your Dog

March 31, 2020 LauraWattenberg 1 min read 9 Comments

You might think that when you’re naming a dog, anything goes. But in reality, there are limits. Some names are exclusively human. Doubt it? Just try to picture going to the park and hearing dog owners calling out these names. SuzanneKeithMartinCherylJeanineBrianLawrenceBrendaStevenDianeEileenGlennSharonJudithMarkSusanEricaRaymondElaineKennethDenise “Fetch, Suzanne! Heel, Steven!” Not likely, is it? All […]

All-Name Crossword #2

March 25, 2020 Namerology 1 min read 9 Comments

This brand-new Namerology crossword features a single name running down the center with few crossing clues. It’s the most popular name in the entire puzzle. As always, if you get stuck on a particular clue you can choose a square and click the “reveal letter” button. View the solution Also […]

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Can You Win a Name Madness Bracket?

March 19, 2020 LauraWattenberg 1 min read 7 Comments

What is March without a playoff bracket? Baby names to the rescue! Try Namerology’s Name Madness, a one-minute game that challenges your sense of name style. For each pairing, just click on the name that you think is more popular right now. Every name in the bracket , no matter […]

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The Top Baby Names in Ireland, Yesterday and Today

March 5, 2020 LauraWattenberg 2 min read 1 Comment

Irish baby names aren’t what they used to be: they’re more Irish. That’s the top takeaway from Ireland’s newly announced baby name statistics. Meet the brand-new top 10. The Most Popular Irish Baby Names of 2019 BOYS GIRLS #1 Jack Emily #2 James Grace #3 Noah Fiadh #4 Conor Sophie […]

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In Names, Parental Age Is Everything

February 26, 2020 LauraWattenberg 3 min read 11 Comments

I’ve been banging the drum for many years about the importance of maternal age, in baby name style and far beyond. Most of my name conclusions had to be inferred from community-wide differences in age and naming. Direct data about the ages of parents choosing particular names simply wasn’t available. […]

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Where is Your Name Legal?

February 10, 2020 LauraWattenberg 3 min read 6 Comments

You say you want to name your daughter after me? Aww, I’m honored! But if you live in Iceland, you’re out of luck. Laura isn’t a legal Icelandic baby name. Many countries around the world limit parents’ name choices. The types of regulations vary, as do their motivations: protecting children’s […]

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America’s 100 Steadiest Names

February 6, 2020 LauraWattenberg 3 min read 2 Comments

Are you looking for the steadiest possible baby name? A name that weathers all fashion storms and maintains its popularity level across the generations? Then I have the name for you. Manuel is America’s steadiest name, by a good margin. For girls, Antonia is #1. This conclusion comes from a […]

US Map: Unisex Baby Naming Rates by State

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 […]

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