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Photos of a Depression breadline, a WWI "keep calm and carry on" sign and a 2020 "stay home" alert sign

Naming in Hard Times

April 21, 2020 LauraWattenberg 5 min read 2 Comments

What will baby names look like for the rest of 2020? It’s a deeper question than it may seem, because names are more than just fashion statements. They’re reflections of parents’ attitudes and obsessions, hopes and dreams. That makes names a barometer of a nation’s state of mind—especially in a […]

Pearl Harbor in Baby Names

March 15, 2019 LauraWattenberg 2 min read 2 Comments

On December 7, 1941, the world shifted: the Japanese bombing of a U.S. domestic naval base brought America into World War II. You can see the country’s move to wartime thinking play out in pre vs. post-Pearl Harbor baby names. What’s more, you can see direct echoes of the attack […]

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