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Friday, December 20, 2013

What’s In A Name?

Moxie&Mischief/Etsy)" href="http://media.wbur.org/wordpress/11/files/2013/12/Sophia.jpg">According to the Social Security Administration, Sophia has been the most popular baby name in the U.S. since 2011. (Moxie&Mischief/Etsy)

According to the Social Security Administration, Sophia has been the most popular baby name in the U.S. since 2011. (Moxie&Mischief/Etsy)

The top baby names for 2013 are in.

According to babycenter.com, the top five names for girls are Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Isabella and Mia. For boys, the top names are Jackson, Aiden, Liam, Lucas and Noah.

Reporter Jennifer Guerra, from Here and Now contributor Michigan Radio, has been thinking a lot about names lately — what they mean, what they project and what assumptions people make when they hear a name.

For Michigan Radio’s “State of Opportunity” project, Guerra wanted to know: What role do names play in a child’s future?


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  • Allison

    I wish reputable news outlets would stop reporting BabyCenter.com’s name data. The actual list of the top baby names of 2013, compiled from every social security number application (not just BabyCenter users who choose to share!) will be released by the Social Security Administration in May, as it is every single year.

  • jonathanpulliam

    Back in the late 1960′s or early 1970′s, if I’m not mistaken, there was a wonderful short humor piece published in Playboy by an author named Roger Price titled: “The Roger Price Theory of Nomenclature”, in which he exhaustively reveals the personality attributes one may unerringly expect of people, based solely on their names. It was about the funniest thing I’ve ever read, and brilliantly perceptive. This article changed the way I viewed nomenclature forever.

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