Tuesday, September 06, 2005

What are you going to name her?

Talking about baby names usually reminds me of college for whatever reason – one of those many late-night conversations, I guess – but I came across a really neat site the other day that helps you answer the question: Were your parents early, late or right on time in terms of the name they chose for you and how popular it was at the time? Were you perhaps named Jessica and lots of parents happened to be naming their baby girls Jessica during the decade you were born? (It was one of the top names in the 1980s and 1990s, by the way.) Or was your name way ahead of its time? (Like Ethan was back in the ’80s.) Retro, even? (Like Mary nowadays.) Check out the Baby Name Wizard’s NameVoyager [requires Java]. There’s even an associated blog, which points out such nuggets as: “The standard length for an English boy's name is four to seven letters.”

2 comments:

Jess said...

Oddly, my mother named me Jessica because she thought it sounded unusual.

Jeremy said...

Maybe she didn't confer much with the other moms.

Then again, something this app doesn't consider is regional differences ...