In Case You Were Curious....


  • When it comes to names, people are getting more and more adventurous. In 1950, only 5 percent of babies were given a name outside of the top 1000 names. Today, 27% are.
  • Lots of names are fads. For example, the name Ashley peaked in the ‘80s and ‘90s but almost nobody names their kid Ashley today. The same thing happened to the name Shirley, just in the 1920s and ‘30s. Which means that in a half century, Ashley will be an old lady name. These trends apply to lots of names – in a half century, all your grandma’s friends will be Chelsea, Lindsay, and Brittany instead of Nancy, Cheryl, and Susan.
  • The name “Adolf” only vanished from the charts around the 1970s. How do you explain that?
  • If you find a name you think sounds good, look what up means! Some great names have weird meanings – so make sure you check! For example…
    • Booth means “Lives in a Hut”
    • Cecil means “Blind”
    • Deacon means “Dusty One”
    • Derby means “Deer Park”
    • Leod means “Ugly”
    • Macleod means “Son of the Ugly Man”
    • Morfran means “Ugly Demon”
    • Mortimer means “Stagnant Lake”
    • Darcy means “Dark One”
    • Hella means “Rust”
    • Imogen means “Last Born”
    • Kennedy means “Ugly Head”
    • Mary means “Bitter”
    • Suri (like Tom Cruise’s daughter!) means “Pig”
    • Wanda means “To Gain Fat”

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