How Much Does Your Name Matter? Full Transcript

...the fact is that black and white names a hundred years ago could be really different too. Black baby boys were often given names that relatively few whites had –...

Misadventures in Baby-Making: Full Transcript

...hatched over a beer? Who knew? [THEME]   ANNOUNCER: From WNYC and APM, American Public Media: This is FREAKONOMICS RADIO.  Today: Unplanned Parenthood: Misadventures in Baby Making. Here’s your host,...

The Unpredictability of Baby Names

...Because we had a chapter in our book about the socioeconomic impact of baby names, we’ve blogged many times about baby names in the past, including just the other...

Most Popular Names … for Dogs

...for kicks, I’ll put in parentheses each name’s rank among the most popular boy or girl baby names in the U.S. If a dog name doesn’t have a number next...

Talk Derby to Me: The Private Regulation of Roller Derby Names

...you smash me in the face – but I know, and trust me baby, I‘m comin for ya.”  Added another, “I totally agree with the not stealing/copying of names… Someone...

What Do King Solomon and David Lee Roth Have in Common? Full Transcript

...the rock band Van Halen and was known throughout the land for his prima-donna excess. [live concert audio with applause] David Lee ROTH: I’m gonna tell you baby. Rock ‘n’...

If you like baby names, you will love this

...web site, Laura Wattenberg, has a book on baby names called “The Baby Name Wizard.” I haven’t read it, but given the software, I’m guessing it is a better-than-average baby...

What Kind of Deodorant Does Mathias Want?

...In Freakonomics, we wrote a good bit about first names — how popular names move their way down the socioeconomic ladder, how “high education” names differ from “low education”...

Breast milk and baby names

...article. Looking for ways to fund her charity, Jill’s latest idea is to write a fun, smart book on baby names. Towards that end, she has posted a short baby...

Barack’s Prosody Problem: A Guest Post

...had first names with stressed first syllables – think WILL-iam, or RICH-ard. One-syllable names are also stressed when you say the candidate’s entire name – think BILL CLIN-ton or GEORGE...