An App for Names

of the U.S. You can also see names ranked within professions, e.g., these are the top three names for guitarists: Trey Rusty Sonny I have no idea how well Nametrix...

Do Street Names Matter?

...when she later gave birth.) We found that names didn’t seem to matter. Black women with “distinctively black” names had nearly identical — maybe even a little better — outcomes...

Bad News for People With Hard-to-Pronounce Names

or Leszczynska, for example): “Studies 1–3 demonstrate that people form more positive impressions of easy-to-pronounce names than of difficult-to-pronounce names.” While the first three studies focused on surnames, a fifth...

The Unpredictability of Baby Names

Because we had a chapter in our book about the socioeconomic impact of baby names, we’ve blogged many times about baby names in the past, including just the other day....

China: More People, Fewer Names

...they change their names to something more common. Even more interesting is this bit about Chinese surnames: By some estimates, 100 surnames cover 85 percent of China’s citizens. Laobaixing, or...

Do Uncommon Names Turn Kids Into Criminals?

...so any name for which that ratio is equal to zero gets dropped from the analysis. The kinds of names that will have a ratio of zero are uncommon names...

If you like baby names, you will love this

site, Laura Wattenberg, has a book on baby names called “The Baby Name Wizard.” I haven’t read it, but given the software, I’m guessing it is a better-than-average baby names...

Newer Places Breed Newer Names

A new study finds that parents in newer, “frontier” states choose less-common baby names than parents in older states (like the original 13). “In New England states, more babies were...

Bad Names for Online Dating

...your chances of getting a date in the online dating universe: The main finding here was that people with unfashionable names like Kevin or Chantal were dramatically more likely to...

Xcellent Names for Drugz

Ever wondered why so many prescription drug names are loaded with x’s and z’s (Celebrex, Flomax, Zocor etc.)? “[U]se of these letters relates to the imperative to make a brand...