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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

Breast milk and baby names

...Looking for ways to fund her charity, Jill’s latest idea is to write a fun, smart book on baby names. Towards that end, she has posted a short baby names...

Are Distinctively African-American Names a Thing of the Past?

...have independent naming rights for their children. Too many black children — and many adults — bear names that border on not even being words, he said. “I am simply...