How Much Does Your Name Matter? (Ep. 122 Rebroadcast)

...of names, not really very different, a lot of overlap. But within about a seven-year period in the 1970s, names just completely diverged. And among most African Americans now are...

Hello, My Name Is Marijuana Pepsi! (Ep. 387)

they’re like, “Look at their names. Look at their names.” What kind of names did these kids have? VANDYCK: Jemar, Jamia, Jalia, Linea, Kanea, Dequan, Laquan. They had distinctively African-American...

Most Popular Names … for Dogs

since 1942. It would be fun, of course, to see what kind of people give their dogs what kind of names, and what those names are meant to accomplish. We’ve...

Talk Derby to Me: The Private Regulation of Roller Derby Names

...have not trademarked their names. And yet nearly all skate names are unique: there is only one Hell O’Kittie, though there are doubtless many derby girls who wish they had...

What Kind of Deodorant Does Mathias Want?

In Freakonomics, we wrote a good bit about first names — how popular names move their way down the socioeconomic ladder, how “high education” names differ from “low education” names,...

Barack’s Prosody Problem: A Guest Post

...first names with stressed first syllables – think WILL-iam, or RICH-ard. One-syllable names are also stressed when you say the candidate’s entire name – think BILL CLIN-ton or GEORGE BUSH....

A Story About Names Never Fails to Get Our Attention

...name to ridicule my child. Only after passing those two criteria would a name, no matter what it was (think historical family names) get any serious consideration. If names play...

How Much Does Your Name Matter? (Ep. 122)

...good bit of new research on the power of names. It opens with a conversation with NYU sociologist Dalton Conley and his two children, E and Yo. Their names are...

The Most Popular Names for British Pets

Dubner recently blogged about the most popular dog names in New York City. Now reader Nancy Callahan brings to our attention the 2006 list of top dog and cat names...