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

...kicks, I’ll put in parentheses each name’s rank among the most popular boy or girl baby names in the U.S. If a dog name doesn’t have a number next to...

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

...on the human list. Here are the results, along with each name’s corresponding rank on the list of child names: TOP DOG NAMES: 1. Molly (24) 2. Max (29) 3....