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How a Viral Name Post Got the Story Backwards

May 15, 2021 Namerology 3 min read 2 Comments

The Reddit post earned thousands of upvotes and comments. Strangers pointed me to it; friends and family pointed me to it. The data was right there in a graph, the trend unmistakable. And yet the name story wasn’t true. The baby name Karen did not just plummet into obscurity, pushed […]

The Top 5 Baby Names of Every US State

May 13, 2021 Namerology 1 min read 8 Comments

Olivia unites us, Theodore divides us, and Oliver is the King in the North. Those are some of the takeaways from a new look at the most popular baby names in every US State in 2020. Olivia, the nation’s top girl’s name, ranks in the top 5 in every single […]

The Fastest-Rising Names of the Year, 2020

May 7, 2021 Namerology 3 min read 11 Comments

2020 was a year like no other. In a time of loss, division and moral reckoning, the fastest rising names of the year were not hot new celebrity names, but memorials. Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash in January, 2020. Kobe was […]

America’s New Top Baby Names

May 7, 2021 Namerology 1 min read No Comments

Just in: the official ranking of the most popular baby names in the USA for the year 2020.  BOYS GIRLS 1 Liam Olivia 2 Noah Emma 3 Oliver Ava 4 Elijah Charlotte 5 William Sophia 6 James Amelia 7 Benjamin Isabella 8 Lucas Mia 9 Henry Evelyn 10 Alexander […]

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Can You Guess the Top Name Ending in Every Letter?

February 9, 2021 LauraWattenberg 2 min read No Comments

Endings are the overlooked keys to baby name style. The final “t” is the power behind fashionable names like Scarlett and Violet. The final “r” lends names like Cooper and Sawyer extra energy. Yet we alphabetize names in the standard order, starting at the beginning. Here’s a chance to give […]

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Shockingly Rare Names for Boys

January 14, 2021 LauraWattenberg 1 min read 2 Comments

Let’s talk about a rare boy’s name. Really rare. A name that isn’t ranked in the current top 1000, or even the top 2000. A name rarer than Theophilus, or Dinero, or Supreme. A name like Brad. Among grown men, of course, Brad is hardly a curiosity. It was a […]

Graphs showing sharpt 60 year declines in the names Karen and Donald

Nothing Happened to “Karen” and “Donald” Last Year

September 15, 2020 LauraWattenberg 1 min read No Comments

Nope, nothing. You could be excused for thinking otherwise, given headlines like these: “Baby Name Karen Falling in Popularity” — Fox News “No surprises there! Popularity of the name ‘Karen’ drops to its lowest since the 1930s” — Daily Mail “The Baby Name ‘Donald’ Continues To Decline In Popularity” — […]

These 21 Familiar Names Vanished in 2019

September 10, 2020 LauraWattenberg 1 min read 2 Comments

Every year, new baby names arrive on the style scene. That means that every year, old baby names depart. It’s time to give the outgoing names their due. 21 names that had been staples of the US top-1000 popularity lists for over 30 years departed in 2019. A few of […]

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