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4 Things We Learned From the 2020 Baby Name Data

May 9, 2021 Namerology 4 min read 1 Comment

Some quick notes on themes emerging from the new national baby name statistics. 1. Masculinity Through Word NamesOver one thousand names made their all-time debuts in this year’s name stats, 500+ each for boys and girls. Common English words appeared three times more often among the boys’ names. I suspect […]

The Two Biggest Stories from the Annual Baby Name Data

September 7, 2020 LauraWattenberg 3 min read 5 Comments

The two biggest baby name stories of 2019 were more about substance than style. The top hitmakers—the late hip-hop artist Nipsey Hussle and the film The Hate U Give—made their marks across names as varied as Kross and Sekani, Ermias and Seven. In the process, they helped define a cultural […]

Where Are the Scream Queen Baby Names?

October 24, 2019 LauraWattenberg 3 min read No Comments

Why aren’t more babies named after horror movie victims? If you think the answer is self-explanatory, I can’t blame you. It’s not as if they make Nightmare on Elm Street-themed nursery décor. We expect baby planning, and baby naming, to be about inspiring role models and rosy dreams of the […]

A Tale of Two Halles

July 10, 2019 Namerology 2 min read 1 Comment

It was the “huh?” heard ’round the world. For half a day, reports spread that actress Halle Berry had been cast as Ariel in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. The response was global bafflement. Some was surely directed at Berry’s race (though “outrage” over a black Ariel turned […]

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Why Do Incels Obsess Over Chad and Stacy?

July 2, 2019 LauraWattenberg 5 min read 5 Comments

How do you name an archetype? An idealized concept should feel realer than reality, summing up your whole image of a slice of the world. Whatever name you choose, it will reveal a lot about your worldview. That’s certainly the case with the online subculture of “incels” and the two […]

The Marvel Baby Name Showdown You Won’t Believe

May 10, 2019 LauraWattenberg 2 min read 4 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 […]

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