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The Name that Makes the Song, Then and Now

January 24, 2020 Namerology 3 min read 1 Comment

What would the song “Hey There Delilah” have become if the subject of the singer’s yearnings had a different name? In 2005 when the Plain White T’s hit was written, Delilah was still an uncommon and unconventional name, especially for a college-aged woman. Dozens of likelier options could have satisfied […]

The 3 Biggest Baby Name Trends of the Decade

December 30, 2019 LauraWattenberg 4 min read 9 Comments

Name trends can sneak up on you. They move bit by bit, shifting your expectations along the way. As time goes by, you might even forget that Penelope used to sound old-fashioned instead of trendy, or that you marveled at your first sighting of Jaxon-with-an-X. Here’s your reminder of how […]

Of Travolta and Machiavelli

September 26, 2019 LauraWattenberg 3 min read 1 Comment

Surnames are baby names. From the days of Warren and Shirley to Todd and Tracy to Hunter and Mackenzie, surname crossovers have been a staple of American baby naming. British Isles surnames, that is. The hundreds of popular crossovers all come from English and Celtic stock. Parents won’t venture further […]

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