The New Baby-Name Anxiety - NYTimes.com
Jared Sperli stashed this in life
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!!!
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.