Friday, February 11, 2005
I had a great aunt, born well before World War I, who had the given name "Hester." Other than Nathanial Hawthorne's Hester Prynne, I have never heard of anybody else with that name. According to NameVoyager, the name "Hester" is essentially extinct (probably for good reason). There was a time, though, when it was quite common:
One might measure the popularity of presidents by the names people select for their babies. FDR seemed to have a lot of fans:
But then again, so did Coolidge:
Darn it Jack, there goes another half hour of my life, never to return. By the way, Hester was never very common (gotta watch the scale on the right). At it's peak it was less than half as common as Levi is today (my last name, but nevermind).
I echo Levi's sentiment - another half hour gone - Poof.
My name's popularity peaked in the 1930's, which I like. My wife and I are scrutinizing baby names, and it's helpful to see what we ought to avoid. Unless, of course, we want our child to feel either hopelessly outdated (Zelda) or unnoticed (Jennifer).
This is quite interesting.
I think though that this trend will change in the future due to the nifty new website, namemybaby.com -- I think you can also find it on e-bay.
People are now selling the right to name their baby to others - heck with fertility problems, STD's, divorce, and China's one child policy, this could be the best high tech bet since google.
Stadiums are named after businesses - even businesses that never really were businessses, MLB sold off bases to Spiderman, even Notre Dame sold out to Nike.
Think about it, buying the right to name someone's baby!
This is better than naming a star after someone.
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