names

The AP Cuts “Rodham” From Hillary Clinton

The Associated Press announced Monday that due to an official style change, they’ll now only refer to Hillary as Hillary Clinton, officially dropping her maiden name Rodham from campaign references. More »


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 mumbles… More »


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… More »


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… More »


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… More »


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. More »


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. More »


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. More »


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 was… More »


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… More »


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 names… More »


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… More »


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… More »


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… More »


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,… More »


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. More »


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… More »


Poll: Would You Take Your Significant Other’s Last Name Like Portia Did?

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