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Joanne Bamberger is an author, strategist and attorney who is the author of Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America. She writes the popular blog PunditMom, and contributes political commentary at Huffington Post, POLITICO Arena, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News and more. She is the founder and publisher of the site, The Broad Side, a magazine of women's opinion commentary.

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Partisan Baby Names: Are You on the Right or Left?

By Joanne Bamberger |

Who knew that partisan politics were at play when it comes to naming your baby? Well, not politics per se, but a recent survey at BabyNameWizard revealed an interesting fact that I would never have guessed — there’s a growing trend in naming babies that can help you figure out if their parents are liberal or conservative!

Well, at least whether they live in a left-leaning or right-leaning state.  I would have thought that lefty states would be home to moms and dads who are still choosing “interesting” names from the hippie days, like Blossom or Dharma or Phoenix! (Not that there is ANYTHING wrong with any of those names!) And that those in somewhat redder areas of the country would opt for tried and true, solid names such as William and Mary.

But it turns out that if your child’s name is along the traditional lines of, say, Elizabeth, Abigail or John, your state probably favored President Obama in the last election and — surprise! — if you like the way Paislee or Liberty sound, your state probably liked John McCain better.

That seemed a little counter-intuitive to me, so I decided to poll some of the Babble Voices parents to see if that red state vs. blue state naming trend holds out for their kids!

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Ian and Claudia

Ian and Claudia are true red staters -- born in one red state and living in one that usually has gone red in past presidential elections. But I know Sarah, and she's got something of an independent streak when it comes to her political leanings, so I'm guessing her children will turn out that way, too! Image courtesy That's Right. You Heard Me. with goon squad sarah

Do you think this theory holds water?  Do your children’s names follow this red state vs. blue state philosophy?

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Joanne Bamberger

Joanne Bamberger is a writer, strategist and attorney who is the author of Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America. She writes the popular blog PunditMom, and contributes political commentary at Huffington Post, POLITICO Arena, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News and more.

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One thought on “Partisan Baby Names: Are You on the Right or Left?

  1. Trisha says:

    We got our dog in early 09 and named her ‘Hope’. Political leanings may show more obviously in pet names, as a wider range of types of names are generally acceptable.

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