[Ads-l] four-letter names on the rise

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Sat Nov 3 13:48:57 EDT 2018


https://qz.com/1440188/the-rise-of-the-4-letter-baby-name/ <https://qz.com/1440188/the-rise-of-the-4-letter-baby-name/>
"The rise of the 4-letter baby name”
by Dan Kopf
1 November 2018

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“A key factor is the movement toward smooth, light name style, with an emphasis on vowels over consonant sounds,” [Laura ] Wattenberg explained over email.

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Finally, Wattenberg says that parents are more likely to give their kids names that would have been considered nicknames in previous generations.
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The latter is advice given by the Gaffer in “Return of the King” (The Gray Havens, fourth section). Quoting Sam:

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… The Gaffer, he says: “Make it short, and then you won’t have to cut it short before you can use it."
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Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA
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