Map: Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Boys, State-by-State

As a companion to "Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Girls," the map above shows the most popular names for boys, by state, from 1960 to 2012. Once again, names that are the most popular nationwide for that year are colored, and all data come from the Social Security Administration. One note: For space reasons… » 10/24/13 12:57pm 10/24/13 12:57pm

Map: Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Girls, State-by-State

There will always be people out there picking weird names for their kids, but when you look at the choices that make their way to the top you'll see that Americans tend to play it safe. The maps above, based on data from the Social Security Administration, show the most popular baby names for girls by state, for… » 10/18/13 2:53pm 10/18/13 2:53pm

Infographic: Are College Sports In The Midst Of A "Shaq Boom"?

Over on his blog, Ken Pomeroy makes a convincing case that we're in the midst of a "Shaq Boom." The babies named "Shaquille" that were born in O'Neal's heyday in the '90s are now turning 18 and entering college basketball. The name "Shaquille" first entered the list of top 1,000 baby names in 1991 (720th) and peaked… » 9/17/13 5:00pm 9/17/13 5:00pm

American Baby Names Are Somehow Getting Even Worse

My wife has a subscription to Parents magazine, and the fun thing about Parents magazine is that every issue is virtually identical. Whether you pick up the June 2008 issue or the March 2012 issue, you're still getting all the same shit, including items like "567 fun knitting crafts to help stave off boredom!" and… » 7/13/12 2:04pm 7/13/12 2:04pm