The SSA sorts its data by increase and decrease in popularity, which is a fun way to spot trends. One caveat: the increase or decrease is based on rank, not number of births, so the fastest falling names tend to be towards the less crowded bottom of the list. Many of the names here have […]Read more "The Biggest Losers: The Fastest Falling Names of 2016"
It’s a very exciting day for name nerds everywhere- the SSA has released the statistics from 2016! While I haven’t had time to track down every new trend, there’s lots of great news. It appears that the SSA baby name website has had a makeover and added some great new features like quizzes and videos. […]Read more "The 2016 Data is Here!"
Andrew- Derived from the Greek word for “manly,” Andrew has been worn by men from Jesus’ disciples to US Presidents. It’s perennially popular in the US, never falling out of the top 100 names for boys. Arezoo- This exotic name comes from the Persian word for “wish,” making it a great option for a long-awaited […]Read more "Andrew to Zuzu: Names that End in OU"
We’ve explored popular names in France, and today, it’s Mexico’s turn. I loved name spotting when I visited Mexico last year. There were lots of familiar names (like Maria and Angel) but also some surprises- I met three Lupitas in just one week! The Mexican popularity chart is dominated by traditional Spanish names, often religious, but […]Read more "Popular Names In Mexico"
The MTV series 16 & Pregnant premiered in 2009 and ran for 5 seasons. It ended in 2014, but two spin-off shows (Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2) are still on air. I, of course, was always interested in the names the young parents chose for their children. Two of the names of babies featured on […]Read more "16 & Pregnant; or, The Show that Inspired 1000 Bentleys"
I’m considering making some changes to the blog, including adding a blogroll. So if you write about names on your own blog and you’d like to be included, let me know! You can comment below or use the contact form. In other news, my French Boy name post was reprinted (with some edits) on Nameberry […]Read more "Calling All Name Writers!"
The landscape of presidential names is rich and varied. It’s so expansive that one family named four kids after presidents (Grant, Madison, McKinley, and Kennedy). Presidential names seem to follow a pattern: surnames, usually of English origin, with a dignified style and approachable nicknames. The names here aren’t presidential names, they’re presidential style names- reflecting […]Read more "Presidential Names that Weren’t Presidents"