Posts tagged "names"

Frisky Rant: Yes, My Name Is Maybe Hard To Pronounce (And, No, You Can’t Opt Out)

As I write this, I’ve just come home from a new gym. A man training a small group of us shouted personalized encouragement throughout in an effort to spur us along. “Well done, Karen!” “Two more reps, Jaz!” “Knees up, Ellen!” “Bum out, Phhhh … bum out!”

I know that when someone mumble…

By: Phylisa Wisdom / November 25, 2014

14 Signs You’ve Got Hyphenated Last Name Problems (In GIFs!)

We might be a bit biased, but we think hyphenated last names are awesome. They’re more unique and egalitarian than a single last name, and trust us, they’re great conversation starters. The only problem? Some of the conversations they start are not particularly enjoyable. Yes, it is “a lot of letters.” Yes, our moms were…

2013’s Most “Extraordinary” Baby Names Include Lohan, Pinky & Pepsi

The Bounty Parenting Club, which I had no idea existed until just now, released its annual list of the most popular and “extraordinary” baby names of 2013, if by “extraordinary” they mean “destined to get your kid weird looks for the rest of their life.” For example, Tea, Sorel, Pinky, Ream, and Pepsi were popular…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 26, 2013

Girl Talk: On The Significance Of Names

Relationships and experiences are a big part of what defines who we are. For many, names become guideposts or signifiers of those relationships or experiences. For a long time, I couldn’t accept my dad and so the allure of casting of the McDonell name felt like it might relieve me of some burden. Of having…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 8, 2013

Your Baby Name Choice Reveals Your Political Leanings

Choosing a baby name may be one of the hardest things a parent has to do. I’d say it’s harder than potty training — which has become my nemesis right now. Giving your kid a name, whatever name it is, is the one single word your kid is going to hear for the rest of their life.

By: The Stir / June 10, 2013

The Most Popular Baby Names — A State-By-State Comparison!


The fine folks at Nick Mom put together a helpful map detailing the most popular boy and girl baby names across the country. You may be surprised to learn that Liam has taken over a huge swath of the Midwest! And Washington, Maine, Pennsylvania and Ohio — among others — are mad for Mason.

By: Julie Gerstein / May 24, 2013

Nope, My Name Is Not “Vagina,” Despite What Starbucks Says

Starbucks’ baristas getting customers’ names wrong is the stuff of legends — and “Saturday Night Live” skits.

As a “Julie” I’m pretty much guaranteed to get a cup with “Judy” scrawled across it, but fuck it, I’ll live. Amelia’s gotten Amoeba. Ami’s gotten Emmy. The name Virginia, though, is apparently a bit trickier.

By: Julie Gerstein / May 1, 2013

Girl Talk: My Name Is Fancy, But Me? Not So Much

There are two main versions of my name story. The first is the one I like telling, which is that I was named after my grandmother’s best friend, Charlotte. It doesn’t make any sense, I know. But it’s better — although I suspect less accurate — than the second version, which is that my mother wa…

By: Chanel Dubofsky / January 7, 2013

And The Name Change Award Goes To …

Twenty-eight-year-old British bartender, formerly known as Emma-Louise Hodges, will heretofore be referred to as Miss Pussy Galore Honey Rider Solitaire Plenty O’Toole May Day Xenia Onatopp Holly Goodhead Tiffany Case Kissy Suzuki Mary Goodnight Jinx Johnson Octopussy Domino Moneypenny. Miss Moneypenny, for short.

“I’ve always thought how great it would be to be…

By: Ami Angelowicz / November 2, 2012

10 Worst Names A Person Can Possibly Have

We’re all guilty of it; when reading anything written about anyone, we talk about the meaning behind that person’s name. It’s because we tend to associate different names with different behaviors.

Some names are naturally “better” than other names because they are more balanced in their gifts and their challenges. Remember: all name…

By: YourTango.com / June 11, 2012

Which “Hunger Games” Character Topped A 2012 List Of Popular Baby Names?

It’s not a new trend to name your child after a favorite character from pop-culture but the last few years have lent themselves to trendy names from film making their way to the top of the list. For the last few years, “Twilight”’s Bella has been a popular name but this year it’s another young adult…

By: The Mary Sue / April 13, 2012

And The Name Change Of The Year Goes To …

“Pink Sparkly And All Things Nice” (pictured above). That’s what UK woman Charlotte Price changed her name to. Why? Ding, ding, ding! Because she loves the color pink. The mother of three is so obsessed that she only wears pink, lives in a pink house, and works at a pink salon. Her family calls her…

By: Ami Angelowicz / December 28, 2011

Which Names Get Laid The Most?

Beware of guys named Chris, Charles, Dennis, and James. According to a new study from SmartDate.com, dudes with names that end in the letter ‘s’ tend to be “players”—their word, not mine. Guys with these names have more sexual partners in their lifetime than others—while the average guy in the study has slept with 5.2…

By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / February 17, 2011

Women Whose Names End In “A” Have More Sex

I don’t need a study to tell me that I was destined to be a hoochie mama, but here one is anyway. According to a French study, women whose names end in the letter “a” have more sexual partners over the course of their lifetime than the average woman, who typically has 4.4 partners. Um,…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 19, 2010

Dear Wendy: “My Boyfriend Is Insistent That I Take His Name If We Marry”

I have been dating a wonderful man for two years and we have been talking about getting married. The only problem is that it’s very important to him that I take his last name. He thinks it would make us feel more like a family and serve as a sign of my devotion to him.

By: Wendy Atterberry / November 3, 2010

What’s In A Name When You Can Choose Your Own?

If you had your way, would you choose the name given to you at birth? For many transgender people, shedding their birth names and choosing a new name is a critical part of the female-to-male or male-to-female transition. Taking a new name marks the definitive end of their old self and the beginning of a…

By: Julie Gerstein / August 13, 2010

Some Names Are Hotter Than Others

Yesterday, a guy friend of mine was telling me about a dude he knows who I might want to do a story on. He said the guy’s name was Hunter and gave me some other interesting tidbits about him, to which I replied, “He sounds hot!” My friend didn’t get how I had deduced that…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 19, 2010

Urban Dictionary Will Define You

Have you ever looked your name up on Urban Dictionary? Apparently it is the new thing to do and being the follower that I am, I did it. Unlike most name definitions (supposedly, the Germanic origin of my name means “work”), Urban Dictionary’s definitions seem to be far more accurate!
Amelia: A crazy, awesome,…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 3, 2010

Andy And Sarah: Your Days Of Calling In Sick Are Over!

You’ve already heard the upsetting news that folks whose name starts with the letter “D” live shorter lives. But now I need to have a chat with all of you named Andy or Sarah. If you’re actually at work right now, and not out pretending to be sick, you may want to make sure no…

By: Ami Angelowicz / January 21, 2010
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