We’d planned to take a Big Family Trip in the summer of 2020. Obviously, that didn’t happen. But earlier this month, we finally made it to California! There was whale watching. A beach day. And, of course, Anaheim. If you haven’t been, Disney’s California Adventure is home to the Avengers Campus. My daughter met Ms. […]READ MORE >>
Sharing all the baby name news from the week!
Every Sunday, the Summary rounds up the most newsworthy name-related stories, along with the occasional blast from the past. We'll examine trends and themes, surprising celebrity choices, and names in the headlines, too.
If you’re celebrating Father’s Day today, I hope you’re having a wonderful time! And if today is hard for you, sending love. When I started this site in 2008, I almost never heard from dads. That’s changed a lot over the last fourteen (!) years. Maybe it’s that this generation of parents thinks about names […]READ MORE >>
Here’s something that throws me, even after all these years I’ve been writing about baby names: We use terms to describe styles in inconsistent + sometimes incorrect ways. “We like classic names like Jackson.” “I’m looking for something unique, like Lyla.” “Our kids have traditional names, Liam and Ava.” “We want to avoid trendy names […]READ MORE >>
I’m old enough to remember hanging out with friends as young adults, pre-smartphones. At the risk of sounding like I had a pet dinosaur, it could sometimes be much more fun. We would banter about what year this movie came out. Or the right lyrics to that one song. The point wasn’t getting to the […]READ MORE >>
It’s Memorial Day weekend, which kicks off the unofficial start of summer in the US. There’s lots to celebrate this month, too – graduations, of course. Weddings. And, particularly for this site, August is the month when the most babies are born – except for a few years when it’s been edged out by July. […]READ MORE >>
Do you name everything? I don’t think I do. A great many inanimate objects exist in my house, all free of names. (I use the toaster oven daily, but I’ve never felt the impulse to call it Greg or Bob.) But it turns out my kids are namers. The plant in the picture is a […]READ MORE >>
Life sometimes crawls. And sometimes it goes by with a rush and a whoosh. Parenting is often both at once. Pregnancy, too! I’ll never forget my 38-week check-up with my first child. The doctor’s last words before he left the room? “Nothing’s happen just yet, but at this stage of your pregnancy, that doesn’t mean […]READ MORE >>
(Nearly) every year, the US Social Security Administration delivers an early Mother’s Day gift: an updated list of the Top 1000 most popular baby names. And that means that Mother’s Day weekend turns into a feast of data and data analysis. Sharing just a few of my favorites pieces so far: Disney dominates the fastest-rising […]READ MORE >>
The marvelous month of May is here! For American readers, that means Mother’s Day is coming up next Sunday, May 8th. Which means that we’re less than a week away from ALL the new most popular names data, as released by the US Social Security Administration. Looking back at last year’s data release, these were […]READ MORE >>
You’ve probably heard of discussion site Reddit, and likely stumbled across AITA, along with associated acronyms YTA, NTA, NAH, and ESH. Just in case that alphabet soup is new to you, here’s a quick primer: AITA allows posters to ask if they’ve been the @$$ho!e in a particular situation. The answers are as follows: YTA […]READ MORE >>