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Shockingly Rare Names for Girls

August 13, 2019 LauraWattenberg 2 min read 2 Comments

It’s no secret that Jill is no longer the height of baby-name fashion. The name’s all-time peak was back in 1966. But would you have guessed Jill was more old-fashioned than Dorcas? More unusual than Zerenity? Baby name statistics tell us that’s reality. Jill may still sound comfortably familiar, but […]

These Names Are Right Back Where They Started

August 6, 2019 LauraWattenberg 2 min read No Comments

50 years later, they’re just where they started out. The names Althea, Elvis and Trevor are exactly as popular today as they were in 1969. That makes them, by one measure, the most stable possible names over the past half century. But the two-point snapshot of stability doesn’t tell the […]

Where Are the Classic Names Now?

July 23, 2019 Namerology 2 min read 1 Comment

The mighty have fallen. The names that ruled over the English-speaking world for centuries have been deposed, and I can prove it with a single chart. Take a look at this past vs. present view of some classic names, 1900 vs. 2018: The 2018 column shows the number of American […]

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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 […]

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U and I, uu and ii

June 26, 2019 LauraWattenberg 2 min read 11 Comments

Aa is for Aaron, oo is for Cooper, ee is for Lee. Traditionally, that’s as far as doubled vowels go. The letters u and i just don’t double up in American English, in words or in names. At least, they didn’t. In this, generation, ii names have taken hold. The […]

The Top Baby Names in Every US State

May 16, 2019 LauraWattenberg 1 min read No Comments

Liam and Emma continue to reign as America’s top baby names. Depending on where you live, though, you might be more likely to meet babies named Amelia and Oliver, or Harper and Grayson. For your browsing pleasure, here are the top 5 baby names in each state. While the top […]

Say Goodbye to Susan and 16 Other Baby Name Standbys

May 15, 2019 LauraWattenberg 4 min read No Comments

Not every name has the style strength to stick around for generations. This year we say goodbye to 17 of those long-lasting names, as they have dropped off the top-thousand popularity lists for the first time in at least 50 years. In a few cases, it was the first time […]

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 […]

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