Names

People have long named their children after well-known fictional characters, whether from works by renowned writers such as William Shakespeare or Charles Dickens or from recent cult TV shows....
The process of choosing a name for a newborn can be fun. It can also be stressful, considering it’s basically the first decision parents make that will affect their child for the rest of their life...
Nearly 3.5 million babies were born in the United States in 2019. Many of these babies were given names that have been among the most popular in the country for a decade, like Olivia and Liam. Others...
Have you ever wondered why your parents picked your name and why you are not, say, Lucifer? Deciding on a child’s name is usually a negotiation process, often ending in a compromise. Cultural...
Choosing the perfect baby name can be fun, but it can also be stressful. Parents may draw on many influences — from pop culture to family history. But in some cases, the desire to name your...
During the coronavirus shutdown many people stuck at home have taken to reading and studying new subjects to pass the time. This has given them an opportunity to improve their vocabularies and their...
If you are one of the 90% of Americans who are staying inside in an attempt to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be running out of ideas about how to stay occupied. There is, after...
If you were born in the ’80s or ’90s, then there’s a good chance your name is — or you know someone whose name is — Jessica, Jennifer, Michael, or Christopher. In the...
The English language is constantly evolving. As communities absorb different cultures and new ideas emerge, people develop more accurate ways to express themselves. This has been the case for...
Words sometimes have two meanings, as Led Zeppelin sang in “Stairway to Heaven.” And indeed they often do. Especially, words can acquire new meanings and lose old ones. For example,...
The English language is constantly changing and adapting to the needs of its users. While new words are created and some old words acquire new meanings, others just fade from use. Of these words we...
Part of the joy of travel is discovering the background and the story of the country you are visiting. Names of nations can tell you something about a country’s history, geography, legends, and who...
Nearly 3.8 million babies were born in the United States in 2018. Many of these babies were given names that are currently and have been historically popular, like Emma, William, and James. Others...