Sometimes a name is more than a single name. It’s a spark; an idea that opens up a new realm of possibilities.
Names like Blessyn and Amazyn that transform uplifting -ing words are a purely modern phenomenon. Or are they?
We’re used to -o endings pointing to male names and -a endings to female. But parents are starting to flip the script on final letters.
Why did so many parents in the mid-20th-Century choose names like Vicki? A fictional stewardess may point the way.
Baby names have their own star system, and it’s all about sound and style.
Trends used to be about specific names. Today’s name trends are something different.
Vowel endings are poised to reshape the sound of America’s male baby names
If you’ve never heard a name before, how can you feel that you know something about it—or a person who bears it?
Once upon a time, something happened to boys’ names ending in the letter A. Or rather, two somethings. Starting around 1970 the typically female -a ending was twice transformed, and the sound of American boys hasn’t been the same since. See for yourself. The top black line in this chart […]
Name endings can define style eras. The names Marlene and Carlene sound like babies of the 1940s, while Marleigh and Carleigh have the touch of the new millennium. But for names ending in -i, the story is more complicated. It’s a tale of three different American eras. As you can […]