This is for all you Emmas out there….
According to the Social Security Administration, Americans are less creative than ever before, as the top 10 names for children haven’t changed: Emma/Emily for girls, and Jacob for boys (for the 10th year), which amazes me. I expected quite a few Baracks joining the ranks. Maybe in a few years (shudder).
I love this quote, though:
“There’s something about naming a child that’s a very existential statement,” said. “As you read through this you see the influence of recent immigration, religion, popular culture. Sometimes, it’s just people who are admired.”
Funny, cause he says two conflicting things simultaneously (must be an Obama apointee). First, naming a kid is an existential statement, which to me would suggest a choice made with thoughtfulness and logic. Then, however, he says it’s just a matter of admiration- which explains the presence of “Beckham” (mee-yow).
I notice that the shameful practice of teacher torture is continuing, giving us names like Aaden (Aiden) and Chace (Chase), as well as the hair-tearing-worthy Gennyphar and the horrendous Nevaeh (just who was popping the shrooms that night, huh?). As I blogged before (back when we were choosing names), do people not THINK about these things?
At least we’re making progress. Most popular girls names in 1908 included Ethel and Gertrude, and I’m sure quite a few Berthas got weak in the knees over Elmer and Herbert.
Maybe Nylah and Kymani aren’t so bad, after all.