The America of “Little Timmy” is still a cultural base line. When was that America?
Names like Blessyn and Amazyn that transform uplifting -ing words are a purely modern phenomenon. Or are they?
A classic set of baby names with wildly different trajectories have gathered at a single point. And like any good celestial convergence, this meeting is portentous.
Why did so many parents in the mid-20th-Century choose names like Vicki? A fictional stewardess may point the way.
How do the typical girls’ and boys’ names sound? And how have they changed?
If you’ve never heard a name before, how can you feel that you know something about it—or a person who bears it?
Is there a “before” and “after” moment in modern American history? A time when the trajectory changed, when we started living and thinking differently?
Psst…you know Jenny and Jessie, right? They’re the standard nicknames for Jennifer and Jessica, the two names that dominated American fashion for decades. No names could be more familiar. Well, once upon a time Jenny and Jessie weren’t the same nicknames-next-door that we know and love. In fact, they weren’t […]
Even in this winking mashup of a historical setting, one cultural line cannot be crossed: No proper English lady or gentleman can bear a plain old English name.
Parents choose different names for boys and girls—and they choose names differently for boys and girls as well. For centuries, female names have been more creative and more subject to the shifting winds of fashion, much as female clothing has been. Male names, like male clothing, remained more conservative. Until […]