BellyItch posted about an article Slate.com had written about the whitest and the blackest baby names and asked if we thought the list was based on stereotypes. The mother of bi-racial children, you can be sure I decided to do a little investigating for myself.
I headed over to Slate and started searching, prepared to be all outraged. What I found was actually a really interesting article from 2005 that broke down using Californian birth certificates, socioeconomic information and outlined a many year study.
While the top names of black boys, white boys, black girls and white girls are given, there’s also a list of the most common crossover names likely to be found among multiple population groups. Interesting to note that from a personal perspective, none of my kids names are on any of the race-specific lists, but two of the four appear on the most popular crossover lists.
Most Popular Girl Crossover Names
Most Popular Boy Crossover Names
I don’t buy the whole “your name impacts your level of success” thing one hundred percent – there are a lot of other factors that come into play. But on the other hand – a name feels like a huge responsibility, doesn’t it? Do you worry naming your baby a strongly ethnic, cultural or unusual name? Do you feel it’s a greater hindrance for boys than girls to have a highly unusual name?
Will these Smart Baby Names get your kid into Harvard?