Names further down the drain in 2021: Alexa, Karen, and Mary

Amazon continued its assault on real people named Alexa in 2021, degraded the cultural value of the name through association with its robot servant product. The trend in girls given the name Alexa is very dramatic: I've been writing about the Alexa trend since 2018. You can see the previous posts here. I would also…

During the pandemic year of 2020, thousands of US parents named their babies Kobe and Gianna

And a few other highlights. Data from the Social Security Administration show that the names Kobe and Gianna had the greatest increase in popularity of any names in the country in 2020; as Kobe boys increased from 499 to 1500 and Gianna girls from 3408 to 7826. Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna died in…

Mary lives? (You’re welcome edition)

Things are looking up since last I wrote about the fate of the name Mary. It's too early to tell, but it's just possible things are beginning to turn around. In 2014, Mary held steady at the 120th most-popular girls name in the U.S., as recorded by the Social Security Administration. That's two years she's been above…

Why Don’t Parents Name Their Daughters Mary Anymore?

Originally published on TheAtlantic.com. Understanding the rapid decline of what was once America's most popular name Each year I mark the continued calamitous decline of Mary as a girls' name in the United States. Not to be over-dramatic, but in the recorded history of names, nothing this catastrophic has ever happened before. Mary was the most common…