baby names reveal more about parents than ever before

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baby names reveal more about parents than ever before
Tue, 01-18-2011 - 11:25am

By Clara Moskowitz

The names people choose to give their children communicate a wealth of social information — more so now than ever before.

A new analysis of name statistics suggests that the meaning conveyed by a baby's name — that is, what a name tells others about the parents' tastes and background — has ramped up significantly over the last 25 years as baby names have become more diverse and numerous.

"We're in the middle of a naming revolution," said Laura Wattenberg, author of the popular book "The Baby Name Wizard" (Three Rivers Press, 2005) and creator of the website BabyNameWizard.com. "Parents are putting a much higher premium on distinctiveness."

In a recent blog post, Wattenberg explored how this trend has changed the very meaning and purpose of a name.

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