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42 Absolutely Brand-New Baby Names That Tell a Story

May 13, 2019 LauraWattenberg 1 min read 2 Comments

Meet America’s newest baby names. Each year, hundreds of names make their debut in the U.S. name statistics, meaning they were given to at least five newborn boys or girls in one year for the first time ever. I’ve collected some highlights in notable categories from 2018. Together, they paint […]

The Biggest Trend in Baby Names Isn’t Over Yet

May 12, 2019 LauraWattenberg 2 min read No Comments

I thought the wave had crested. I was wrong. Back in 2007, I first reported on an unprecedented convergence in American baby names: one letter was dominating the boys’ side. Across the style spectrum, everybody wanted their boys’ names to end in N. Almost a third of American boys were […]

The Fastest-Rising Boys’ Names of the Year

May 10, 2019 LauraWattenberg 1 min read 3 Comments

Counting down the boys’ names making the biggest moves on the 2018 popularity chart: #5. Saint Kim Kardashian and Kanye West struck a chord with their first boy’s name choice. Saint fit in with popular “exalted” names like King and Messiah, while its sound set it gently apart. #4. Elián […]

The Fastest-Rising Girls’ Names of the Year

May 10, 2019 LauraWattenberg 1 min read 1 Comment

Counting down the girls’ names making the biggest moves on the 2018 popularity chart: #5. Oaklynn The hit name Brooklyn is starting to cool off, and Oaklyn/Oaklynn is stepping up as a natural heir. We’ve seen the same “headless” transformation before with shifts like Madison to Addison. #4. Mila Actress […]

The Marvel Baby Name Showdown You Won’t Believe

May 10, 2019 LauraWattenberg 2 min read 3 Comments

2018 was a stellar year for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Two of their superhero films, Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War were the year’s two top-grossing films. Each centered around a man who faces powerful enemies but ultimately triumphs as he pursues his vision of a better society. One of […]

The Most Popular American Baby Names of 2018

May 10, 2019 LauraWattenberg 1 min read 6 Comments

Just announced, the most popular baby names in the USA: BOYS GIRLS 1 Liam Emma 2 Noah Olivia 3 William Ava 4 James Isabella 5 Oliver Sophia 6 Benjamin Charlotte 7 Elijah Mia 8 Lucas Amelia 9 Mason Harper 10 Logan Evelyn The top names, Liam, Emma, Noah and Olivia, […]

It’s Name Week! What Does That Mean?

May 7, 2019 LauraWattenberg 2 min read 2 Comments

This is the biggest week in the name business. No, I’m not talking about the new royal baby name, though that certainly adds to the frenzy. The big scheduled event isn’t about one baby, but about millions. The Social Security Administration is releasing statistics on the most popular baby names […]

22 Boys’ Names from 22 Countries

May 1, 2019 LauraWattenberg 3 min read 2 Comments
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Join me on a whirlwind trip through the the less-traveled lands of name style, via the Namerology Name Atlas. I’ve scoured the globe to find 22 hit boys’ names that show off their local roots with flair. Together they’re an introduction to the Atlas, and a reminder of how many […]

Baby Name Wizard 4: Meet the New Book!

April 24, 2019 LauraWattenberg 2 min read 15 Comments

It’s here! I’m happy to introduce the completely revised 4th edition of The Baby Name Wizard, the field guide to American baby names. If you haven’t browsed through the BNW books in the past, please take a look—you may be surprised. I think you’ll find that my books look different […]

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