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The Origins of Owen

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By Leslie McLean

I conceived Owen through donor insemination on a gorgeous early February night of great tenderness.  His birthday would have been in October.

We can see him, a bit like Gilbert on Leave it to Beaver, a child version of Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC.  White blonde, serious, outdoorsy.  A rock hound and butterfly lover.  A reader.  A bit stolid, a little shuffly.  My dream child, but then why not?  Why envision anything less?

Owen was actually conceived though when I was younger than ten, when I began to read and reread (and reread ) the Anne of Green Gables books.  Owen the wonderful writer who comes to marry Leslie, the tragic heroine.  The name was shining and I fell in love.

In fact, it was so shining that I locked it away for my child-bearing time and for the next couple of decades contemplated only female names, of which I accumulated hundreds.  I had named my male and it was time to name my daughters.At 27, when I had figured I would already have a child but didn’t, I did finally overcome family anxieties and learned to drive.

I named my first vehicle  (a white Toyota truck I adored) Owen, fully expecting to be driving my same-named baby around in my truck before long.  Years later, I found the list of people I had called as soon as I got my truck; it read like who I would have called if I had had a child.  The name not only meant writer to me, it meant freedom.

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by Linda Rosenkrantz

If you’re looking for a name that reflects your Welsh roots, or simply find the soft sound of names from Wales appealing, there are several possible ways to go.  You could consider Welsh names that have long been used in the US—some of which have far from obvious roots. Then there those currently popular in Wales which have never made their way through US immigration. And, finally, some other, interesting Welsh names worth considering, including some Welsh versions of classics.







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by Angela Mastrodonato of Upswing Baby Names

These names could be your middle-aged neighbor or a kid in your child’s class. These names are all familiar. Most are traditional. Most are likable. Most are timeless.

And not one has ever made the top 10 on the Social Security list since 1880.

To me, this seems remarkable.

These names seem like they should have hit the top 10 by now. Take a look at the list and tell me if you agree:

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Yesterday we did a rundown on the divide between the girls’ names that are stylish to the point where it feels like they must be popular and those that are actually, statistically widely used.  It’s especially hard to distinguish when it comes to the names we see appearing so often in berry posts and blogs.

So here we do a similar analysis for the boys, with some similarly surprising results, especially when it comes to those berry faves,…names such as Theo.  It’s easy to be fooled if you live in a place where there are more Atticuses than Aidens in your neighborhood playground.

Once again, the numbers in parentheses represent how many babies were given that name in the most recent U.S. Count.

Abner (162) is stylish, while Abraham (1,899) is popular

Ace (395) is cool; Chase (6,397) is hot

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Baby Name Popularity: How local is it?


We look at the national name statistics and somehow start to  assume that Isabella and Jacob are the top names all across the country.  But then we look at the state stats and see that there very much still are local preferences. 

For example, Carter, which is Number 50 nationally, is in second place in Nebraska and third in Iowa; Wyatt (60) is Number One in Wyoming (Wyoming/Wyatt?), Owen (50) is third in Vermont and fourth in Maine, and for girls, Brooklyn (37) has relocated to Utah, where she’s Number Three.

So our Question of the Week is a two-parter:

Are there any names near the top of the Social Security list that you never hear in your neighborhood/city/state/country? (Please identify where that might be.)

Are there names that seem absolutely epidemic where you live, but are not as popular elsewhere?

Any explanations?

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