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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 […]

25 Boys’ Names with the Essence of Scotland

June 7, 2019 LauraWattenberg 1 min read 1 Comment

How deep do you have to dig for a boy’s name that still sounds Scottish to American ears? US parents have already mined Scottish name traditions for generations of hits, from Ronald to Bruce to Cameron. Can there be any fresh, stylish and distinctly Scottish names still left to discover? […]

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