Dr. Cleveland Evans writes about names for the Omaha World-Herald. To celebrate entertainer Carol Channing’s 96th birthday, his most recent column looks at the history of the name Carol. Throughout history it has been used for both men and women and although it’s now a “grandma name”, there have been quite a few prominent Carols in American history, including one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
New York Times correspondent in London, Katrin Bennhold, also wrote about her own surname and family identity as part of this project.
It’s not easy to turn a family name into a globally iconic business. And not all names start on even footing. In this article in Business World Naseem Javed discusses some of the family name considerations that are important to today’s successful global businesses.
How important is it to pronounce ethnic names correctly? Bronx-based teacher Adam Levine-Peres created this short video about why correct pronunciation is important. It boils down to teaching trust, perseverance, and common courtesy.
Iceland allows only a limited number of approved baby names. This is so that Icelandic babies receive names that are compatible with Icelandic culture. However, in an increasingly cosmopolitan generation, this can be challenging. This fall the official Personal Names Committee expanded the list of approved names to include Angelína, among others.
In the United States, we are increasingly choosing more innovative, less common baby names. researched this phenomenon in relation to the economy and reports her findings in this article in Life Science.
Some cultures are blurring gender lines and trending towards more gender neutral names. In other countries, unisex names aren’t simply out of style, they’re illegal. Learn which ones in this Huffington Post article.