Re: Children's names

From: TJ Olney (
Date: Sun Jun 03 2001 - 19:53:37 BST

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    Fascinating stuff.

    I teach undergraduate students and have noticed marked tendencies for these
    fashions. I have been able to trace some of the fashion to people who were
    famous at the time my students were born, others to popular songs. One could
    do this carefully in present time by doing content analysis of news and
    entertainment programs and magazines as well as the and lyrics to popular
    songs. In the US, I would suggest People magazine as the standard source.

    For songs, it is likely that there would be a lag from the years of most
    listening and "falling in love" to the time of naming. A lot of Jennifers
    were born to people who were listening to Donovan's "Jennifer Juniper" when
    they had their first romanitic adventures. These are my casual observations
    and could be empirically tested with enough data gathering.

    You could even model cycles of names, Britney for instance seems fairly
    common among people the same age as Britney Spears. Will it be especially
    common again in a few years?

    TJ Olney

    -- TJ Olney  Not all those who wander are lost.

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