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