Here’s something that we often don’t anticipate, but OH how it matters. ACCENTS. They’re all over the name news this week. First up, Adele surprised everyone when she announced that a fan said her name “perfectly.” It’s less uh DELL and more … uh DALE. Except there’s a little bit of a “w” quality to […]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.
I’m a pretty heavy Ancestry.com user, though more for learning about names in the broadest sense than investigating my personal family tree. Still, I’ve discovered some fascinating tidbits about my family history over the years, often because the site itself notifies me when a new set of records includes information about my ancestors. A recent […]READ MORE >>
I legally changed my name as an adult. It’s a long story, but here’s the punchline: some people still don’t use my new name. This includes people I love, and who love me right back. It wasn’t that they wouldn’t do it, not exactly. It was that they couldn’t quite wrap their heads around the […]READ MORE >>
The most popular names data in England & Wales was recently released. It brings with it one of my favorite data sets of all-time: Most Popular Names by Mother’s Age. No comparable information is published for the United States. And yet, we all sort of know this. Younger parents tend to choose trendier names. More […]READ MORE >>
We love our kids. And we love our pets. For many of us, pets serve as our starter children. Or sometimes, they complete our families. Either way, we often name our pets with the same level of focus we apply to our children. But there’s a big bonus with our dogs, cats, guinea pigs and […]READ MORE >>
I’m an expert on names. It feels weird to write that, but … well, I am. While I learn new things every day – and make mistakes, of course – I know an awful lot about names. So do lots of amazing AM readers. But that does not actually mean that I (or any of […]READ MORE >>
Are you watching She-Hulk: Attorney at Law? There’s a moment when a minor character introduces herself as: Madison with two Ns and one Y, but it’s not where you’d think … The credits spell her name Madisynn, which is pretty much exactly what I’d think. Still, just 12 girls received that particular spelling in 2021. […]READ MORE >>
What’s the statute of limitations on pop culture references? As my kids get older, I think about this All. The. Time. Actors and movies and songs that immediately come to mind for me draw blank stares from my children. Or at least they have to really search their memories for that one time they caught a […]READ MORE >>
By now, you’ve surely heard that England’s longest-reigning monarch, the venerable Queen Elizabeth II, has passed. I’m surprised at how intensely I’m feeling the loss. I’m not an Anglophile, but I guess I’m a bit of a royal watcher. As the news broke, I was flooded with texts from friends who I’d never have expected […]READ MORE >>
Back in the thick of 2020, I decided that I’d write down three things I was grateful for, every. single. day. I’d planned to continue the practice through Lent. Instead, I’m still keeping track. It forces me to spend a few minutes, every day, seeking delight. Not in an Instagram-scrolling kind of way, but in […]READ MORE >>