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    Progressives choose more traditional baby names — maybe

    Progressives choose more traditional baby names — maybe

    Conservatives tend to give their babies “trendier” names than liberals, who favor traditional names, according to NPR:

    Styles of baby names, it seems, are nearly as different in various parts of the country as voting habits. “There is an enormous red state and blue state divide on names,” says Laura Wattenberg, founder of and author of The Baby Name Wizard, which claims to be “the expert guide to baby name style.”

    But this doesn’t play out the way you might expect. More progressive communities, Wattenberg says, tend to favor more old-fashioned names. Parents in more conservative areas come up with names that are more creative or androgynous.

    While it is unclear exactly how or if data was collected — it appears to be the opinion of Wattenberg — she does provide one theory to explain the assumption:

    The reason for more outlandish-sounding names cropping up in conservative quarters is simple, Wattenberg says. Women in red states tend to have their first children earlier than women in blue states. A 23-year-old mom is more likely to come up with something out of the ordinary than one who is 33.

    Neither NPR nor Wattenberg define what “trendy” names are, or if it is possible for traditional names to themselves be trendy.


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    BannedbytheGuardian | May 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Do ghetto names figure in the unusual choice of young mothers & are these ‘unusual’ AA names skewing the results?

    23 would be sort of ancient in their world. Try 15.

    Hispanics tend to do traditional names but repro younger than ‘whites’ -say 20..

    Incidentally the top name in the UK is the combined versions of Mohammed. There might be a theory in there also.

    I think I would give this theory c+.

    The American conservative should be optimally independent. There will inherently be more diversity among conservatives than individuals and cooperatives which demonstrate a collectivist disposition. This diversity will be observed as a variance, since conservatives should also be principles oriented. The alternative description of diversity is quite shallow and incidental. It does not recognize the only diversity of consequence exhibited by individuals.

    …it is unclear exactly how or if data was collected…

    Neither NPR nor Wattenberg define what “trendy” names are…

    None of this matters in the journalistic phenomenon of Headline Science. They just put up “Sugar is good for you,” or some other such nonsense, and their job is done.

    BannedbytheGuardian | May 16, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    One thing is for sure -‘Barack’ has not run up the list. His adoring fans have yet tp push it into the top 1,000 boys names. Ditto Hussein.

    On the other hand Bristol Piper & Willow have seen major climbs since 2008.

    LOL Bristol has had a meteoric rise from nowhere in 2000-08 to 666 ( :0 ) to 420 in 2011.

    Malia 2007 402

    2008 -340

    2009 -191 -PEAK

    2010 304

    2011 314 dropping.

    Sasha also peaked in 2009 & dropping like a stone to the lowest rank in 10 years.

    Julia is quite popular at 57 & William is as common as muck at 3.

    Here in the Bay Area Asian and Asian American parents give their children American names. White kids are all Calebs, Aidens and pretty much anything goes for girls.

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