Ever since reading Freakonomics, I’ve had a well-nigh Kabalarian interest in names and their impacts on our lives. I recently encountered a couple of articles which furthered my name-related knowledge.
- Julie Leung sent me this Guardian article, which discusses a correlation between girls’ names and whether they go into math and science. Apparently the more feminine the name, the less likely a career in the numbers game. Want a science nerd in the family? Name your daughter Alex or Abigail.
- Boing Boing referenced this analysis from the Freakonomics blog, which shows the top names for UK dogs and cats (Molly for both, as it turns out), and notes the overlap with top baby names (PDF). Personally, I was disappointed that neither Breadstick nor Spatula are in the top pet names.