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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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    el polacko | May 17, 2012 at 2:47 am

    this article has it inside-out, upside-down, and backwards. it’s the little-house-on-the-prarie-names that are trendy among the left-leaning paleskins…left-leaning browns and blacks favor pulled-out-of-thin-air, totally-made-up names that cross the borders of absurdity and ridiculousness. more conservative-leaning folks tend to favor the tried-and-true names of the john and mary variety.

    BannedbytheGuardian | May 17, 2012 at 6:09 am

    It is interesting that a top ranked name can either be seen as very popular & good or equally ‘as common “.& not good .

    If anyone is interested there is a recent Telegraph,co ,uk/ article about how some ‘chav’ names are leaving needy children out of Adoption favour.

    Ediv710 | May 17, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Anne Dunham names her son Barack Hussein. Enough said.

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