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US Map: Unisex Baby Naming Rates by State

The Unisex Name Map of America—and What It Tells Us

January 29, 2020 LauraWattenberg 3 min read 12 Comments

Unisex baby names are on the rise. Nationwide, names used for both boys and girls are more popular today than ever before. Why? If you read media reports of the phenomenon, the answer seems clear: it stems from a new commitment to gender equality and fluidity. Unisex names “defy stereotyping” […]

The Tradition-Shattering Names of Rural White America

November 6, 2019 LauraWattenberg 4 min read 9 Comments

It has become a familiar part of America’s modern political narrative. The white, small-town experience is portrayed as the most traditional American experience. Some elevate it as an ideal, the model for returning the nation’s culture to an earlier, prouder time. Others see it as just one element of a […]

Maeve of Massachusetts, Meet Magnus of Minnesota

May 22, 2019 LauraWattenberg 3 min read 1 Comment

In my teenage daughters’ generation, American girls named Madison outnumber Bridgets by nearly 20 to 1. Yet my kids have had plenty of classmates named Bridget, and they’ve never met a Madison. A statistical fluke? In part, yes, but the odds were stacked by geography. We live in Massachusetts. This […]

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 […]

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