Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Trickle-down baby naming

Slate has a two-part series on the economics of Justin, Kayley, Matthew and LaTishia.

Once a name catches on among high-income, highly educated parents, it starts working its way down the socioeconomic ladder. Amber, Heather, and Stephanie started out as high-end names. For every high-end baby given those names, however, another five lower-income girls received those names within 10 years.

I take this to mean we'll see an explosion of little Claras by 2010.

2 comments:

Dan said...

I have some great aunts named Clara, meaning it must have caught on to the lower classes of Poland by 1920 or so...

Clara said...

I, too, have a great aunt named Clara. Argh.