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...

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...

Sure-Fire Baby Names

Abby Haglage reports in The Daily Beast of an apparent uptick in firearm-inspired baby names. In 2002, only 194 babies were named Colt, while in 2012 there were 955. Just...

School Start Times, Brand Names, and Too Much Ground Beef: TMSIDK Episode 31

...with AJ Jacobs (author of It’s All Relative) as real-time fact-checker. We filled this episode with insights about the true value of ground beef, sleeping in, company names, and more....

What's in an Americanized Name?

people who Americanized their given names did better economically thereafter. But how to get around the possibility that those with more energy/ambition were more likely to change names—going from Giovanni...

Zyzmor's Revenge?

...the alphabet are faster at making buying decisions. Why? Kids with the A to I last names were always first in line, whereas kids with last names from R to...

American Baby Names Are Somehow Getting Even Worse

This piece on baby names by Drew Magary made me laugh out loud. I sent it to my wife, and she laughed so hard she cried....

Very Sticky Wickets

In our continuing effort to bring you news of interesting first names from around the globe (see here and here and here and here), please consider this recent e-mail from...

iTunes Names Its Top Podcasts of the Year

We applaud their choice. And we thank all of you for listening....

Paying for a Name Change

...that everyone should have Hebrew names. To which Talmi then replied: Thank you for answering. I don’t think the government can force people to change their names. It would be...