What’s in a name? Plenty, at least if you care about race, socioeconomic status, and educational background. That’s according to Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, whose chapter in their best-selling Freakonomics, “Perfect Parenting, Part II; or: Would a Roshanda by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?” examines the socioeconomic patterns of naming children from the 1960s to today. In typical style, Levitt and Dubner look to answer the question beyond the question; most statistics about naming are about observing trends, but what does it really mean for a name to be popular? Keep reading »
We poke a lot of fun at celebrities who give their kids wacky names like Apple and Pilot Inspektor and Sparrow Midnight, but normal people give their kids — and themselves! — ridiculous monikers as well. “Today” had a hilarious segment this morning about average Americans with wacky names like “Marijuana Pepsi.” Soooo, following that line of thinking, maybe I should name my kid after my two favorite ingestibles — Mac ‘N’ Cheese Diet Coke! Keep reading »
Last Tuesday, Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady had a baby boy who will probably grow up to be way too cute for his own good. Only, they’re not sure what to name him. “It’s kind of back to the drawing board,” Tom said in a radio interview yesterday. “We thought we had a name picked out for about six months and then about two days before he was born she said, ‘I don’t like that name anymore.’” Here are our suggestions, keeping in mind that celebs these days pick some wackadoo names. [People] Keep reading »
“It reminded me of the Johnny Cash song ‘A Boy Named Sue.’ My worry raising a son in Hollywood is what will he have to struggle for? I wanted to give him a name that he’s going to have to stand up for. I love it; I think it’s a beautiful name.”
– Joel Madden on why he and Nicole Richie named their son “Sparrow” to People. I have to say, I kind of love this explanation. What do you guys think? [The Hollywood Gossip] Keep reading »
Writer Laura Wattenberg was issued a challenge by Parents magazine: Predict the top baby names for boys and girls in … 2019? The thing is, the majority of popular baby names are the same as those a decade before. There are just some names that are always in fashion — Jacob and Zoe, for example — so Watternberg decided to take a different approach.
I decided to limit my choices to names currently outside of the top 40. The result isn’t a literal top-10 prediction, but a forecast of the names I expect to have the greatest fashion momentum over the coming decade … To make my list, a name had to both show signs of accelerating growth and tie into broader fashion trends.
The result? Amelia is going to be the number six girl name in 2019! Holla! The full list, after the jump. [Baby Name Wizard] Keep reading »
Nicole Richie gave birth to a healthy baby boy this morning. She and boyfriend Joel Madden named the little tyke … wait for it … Sparrow James Midnight Madden. Now, Sparrow might have been cute for a little girl, but for a little boy? That s**t won’t fly (heehee) on the playground. Whatevs. Congrats! [DListed] Keep reading »
A new study published in The Social Science Quarterly completely backs up Johnny Cash’s story in ”A Boy Named Sue.” As it turns out, calling your baby boy something uncommon, unpopular, or feminine will most definitely “increase the tendency toward juvenile delinquency.” There’s a greater chance he’ll wind up in the slammer … or playing “Indiana Jones” like Shia LaBeouf.
While the Shippensburg University researchers proved that a girlie-named guy will be forced to be a fighter, at least on the playground, on the upside, rebels eventually make delicious man candy! Am I right, ladies? So, to help you on your hunt for the sexiest piece of ass, here are the top ten names that separate the men from the bad boys, after the jump… Keep reading »
TheBabyWebsite.com has released what are considered to be Britain’s most unfortunate baby names. Seymour Butts and Ivana Tinkle aren’t on the list, but some of the names include Mary Christmas, Paige Turner, and Doug Hole. Isn’t this a form of child abuse? Anyway, this got the Frisky girls and I talking about what we’d do if a we were interested in or were dating had an unusual or horrible name. Would you be too embarrassed to even tell your friends you were dating a guy with, say, the last name “Hymen”? Would you even give the dude a chance? After the jump, the list of guy names that are potential dealbreakers. .
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Seraphina Rose Elizabeth, according to People.com. Seraphina is the “feminine form of the Late Latin name Seraphinus, derived from the biblical word seraphim which was Hebrew in origin and meant ‘fiery ones.’” Might the little girl have red hair? The name may not be in line with what we predicted — colored, floral, or elderly in nature — but her two middle names are. Rose is, duh, a flower and a color, while Elizabeth is about as traditional a name as you can get. Anyway, congrats on getting a name baby! [People] Keep reading »
As Amelia mentioned earlier, Jennifer Garner gave birth yesterday to her second baby girl by Ben Affleck. This child is going to be the second cutest kid in Hollywood, because Violet is the most adorable of all the famous couple spawn. But what will Jen and Ben name her? When a couple has more than one child, their offspring’s names must mesh well, as they’ll appear together on Christmas cards for many years. We think they could go in a few different directions. Vote below on which category you think the name will fall into, then leave your name suggestion in the comments! Keep reading »