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so true

Arya is on the rise!

The Social Security Administration’s list of the most popular baby names in the United States for 2012, released last month, showed a continued slide for staples like “John” (now No. 28) and “Mary” (123), which were among the Top 5 for a big chunk of the 20th century; the biggest gainers were “Major” (483 from 988) and “Arya” (413 from 711).

Yeah Game of Thrones yeah!!!

Thanks, Freakonomics!

Most families I knew growing up had three children, if not five or seven. Now, most urban professionals I know limit themselves to one or two, which perhaps adds to the pressure to make every name count. Many of us are also starting families at a later age, with perhaps more time to consider the potential long-term consequences of a child’s name (thanks, “Freakonomics”). One friend struck “Kaydence” from her list when it failed the future-Supreme-Court-justice test.

So, late one night, I logged onto the Social Security site and began jotting ideas from the Top 100 of the 1930s. Talk about a mother lode. For boys, there were gems like “Howard,” “Floyd,” “Melvin,” “Stanley” and “Earl”; for girls, “Betty,” “Irene,” “Ethel,” “Norma” and “Phyllis.” Half asleep, I e-mailed the list to Joanna. Her response the next morning: “Um, no.

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