All The More Reason


What’s in a name?
June 24, 2007, 8:47 pm
Filed under: Interesting Idea of the Week

On aldaily today I found this link to an article about baby names. The piece is filled with interesting developments in how people choose baby names as well as different laws in different countries. Here’s a quote that “shows to go” how far the quest to be different has come.

Academics say there’s been a demonstrable shift in the way people name children. In 1880, Social Security Administration data show that the 10 most popular baby names were given to 41% of boys and 23% of girls. But in 2006, just 9.5% of boys and roughly 8% of girls were given one of the year’s 10 most popular names —

I must say that my experience as a substitute teacher has introduced me to more names than I ever thought were possible. Often times the name will be quite similar to an older name, but with an l or r sprinkled here and there. Of course the more and more everyone tries to be different or special in naming their child the more and more similar it all becomes, non?

J.S.

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