is week, my old website BabyNameWizard.com was shut down by its new owners. I’d like to take this moment to remember the site, what it accomplished, and what it meant in my life.
A name can spark a fashion craze or a flame war, symbolize change, or capture a cultural moment in a single word. What was the 2021 Name of the Year?
Name style is a moving target. You can learn as much from the direction names are heading as from their current popularity rankings. And when it comes to fashion in the US vs. England, some names are moving in very different directions.
Does your name determine your destiny? The answer is a resounding yes— if you live in a world with werewolves.
The Age of Olives marches on! Oliver and Olivia continued their reign as the #1 names in England and Wales in the year 2020. That marks five straight years of dominance for the matching pair, a sign of the power of sound in modern baby name style. On the girls’ […]
For full-tilt surname style, you can’t beat an -s ending. The -s is a fashion amplifier, accentuating the gruffness of a name like Briggs, the urbanity of Eames, and the old-school formality of Jennings.
What color names are given most to babies? Do American baby names span the rainbow? And have our hue choices changed over time?
There are far, far more names than we imagine. The usual stats only include names given to 5 or more boys or girls in a single year. What about the ultra-rare names? How many names were literally unique?
It’s the ultimate baby name dream: a name that’s stylish and appealing, yet undiscovered. I published my first “Why Not?” list back in 2004. How well have those choices stood the test of time?
Romance novels are a genre dominated by pen names. What kind of names do the authors of LGBT romances choose?