[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

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


Finally, Wattenberg says that parents are more likely to give their kids names that would have been considered nicknames in previous generations.

The latter is advice given by the Gaffer in “Return of the King” (The Gray Havens, fourth section). Quoting Sam:

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

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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