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Palindromes: The Cool New Name Trend For Babies

Trending in baby naming right now is palindromes, names spelled the same forward and backward like Anna and Ada and Bob.

Popular baby names site Names.org Names.org released a list this week of the  Most Popular Palindromes and Names with Meanings Spelled Backwards, after analyzing Social Security Administration data since 1890, and trending interest from millions of visitors on their website in 2020.

 The trend is actually not that new though it is a phenomenon of this millennium . Back in 2000, rock star Sonny Sandoval explained the meaning of his daughter Nevaeh’s name on MTV.

From the Greek term palíndromos which means “to run backwards,” these trending names are great for only children, siblings or twins.

For instance, a set of boy and girl twins could be Aidan and Nadia, girl twins could be Ellen and Nelle, and boy twins could be Ira and Ari.

In case you are interested, here are the 10 most popular palindromes since 1890:

1)      Anna: 896,000

2)      Hannah: 434,000

3)      Ava: 266,000

4)      Ana: 102,000

5)      Ada: 96,000

6)      Bob: 93,000

7)      Otto: 33,000

8)      Eve: 25,000

9)      Asa: 18,000

10)  Elle: 14,000

Not suprising,  the forward version of palindrome baby names are more popular than the backwards one as you can see from the below chart but that shouldn’t stop you from naming your twins theses monikers if you are expecting and still weighing options:

 

Forwards

Backwards

1.       Leon: 168,000 babies since 1890

Noel: 61,000 babies since 1890

2.       Aiden: 112,000

Nadia: 42,000

3.       Nevaeh: 80,000

Heaven: 26,000

4.       Ali: 37,000

Ila: 22,000

5.       Nora: 151,000

Aron: 19,000

6.       Ira: 59,000

Ari: 18,000

7.       Anaya: 12,000

Ayana: 11,000

8.       James: 5.2 million

Semaj: 8,000

9.       Arden: 13,000

Nedra: 7,000

10.   Ami: 8,000

Ima: 7,000

 

Breaking Down the CARES Act IRS Stimulus Rebate/Refund Checks {Video}

In a new YouTube video, I respond to a lot of myths and misunderstanding people have about the Coronavirus CARES Act IRS Stimulus Rebate/Refund Checks,

To react to the dramatic and devastating economic impact the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is having on the United States economy, the government recently created a new law called the CARES Act which, among other things, provides emergency payments, loans and grants to small businesses and individuals.

According to recent reports, the relief checks will be deposited into people’s bank accounts starting today, April 9th.

However, there is a lot of misinformation about the $2T Economic Bill, called the Cornavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, especially about the individual rebates that the Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration have been tasked with getting into citizens’ hands.

Common remarks and questions I’ve seen made about the rebate/refund check I’ve seen include:

“Man, the government isnt’ sending us any money! ”

“How can they afford to pay us when we got a $16T deficit?

“I heard it’s an advance on your tax refund for next year!”

“Nothing it Free! Of course, we’re gonna have to pay it back!”

Although the $1200 refund checks are technically an advance on a 2020 tax credit, that money will NOT be deducted from your tax refund next year and in this video I explain why in my recent YouTube explainer video.

But first, I go through some basics of federal US Civics 101 and specifically go over, generally, how the US Gov gets revenue, what it does with that money, and I give a very brief walk through on how tax credits work to help people realize why it will not be deducted from future refunds.

It ends with a discussion about the fact that 17 year olds and young adult and college kids who are still supported by their parents are excluded from funding and what I think we should do to change that.

WATCH:

 

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Top 10 Baby Names of 2020 So Far: {The Curfew Babies Edition}

Now that the novel coronavirus is forcing a lot of schools and workplaces to shut down and driving everyone indoors and to work and go to school from home, a lot of families will be spending more time together.

Not having to get up early to go to an office means later, more leisure nights, snuggling with the one you love and sometimes getting intimate.

Naturally, we can foresee a possible baby boom about 40 weeks from these days.

Just in time, the guys at Names.org,  this week, released their predictions for the Most Popular Baby Names of 2020.  New entries in the top 10 for boys this year includes Henry and Alexander, while Mila cracked the top 10 for girls.

The rankings were determined by analyzing the most recent data from the Social Security Administration, trends from the past five years, and current user interest from millions of visitors to our site.

So while it is probably too soon to be thinking of names, or having a baby, depending on whether you want a common popular name or not, it doesn’t hurt to take a sneak peek at the names that are trending already 3 months into 2020.

baby girl

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Isabella
  5. Charlotte
  6. Sophia
  7. Amelia
  8. Mia
  9. Mila
  10. Harper

baby boys

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. William
  4. Olivia
  5. Lucas
  6. Benjamin
  7. Elijah
  8. James
  9. Henry
  10. Alexander

Debate: The Parent who Named Her child, ‘ABCDE’ v. Airline Employee

 Abcde Redford and Traci Redford Southwest Airlines

In America, 328 parents have decided to name their child, “ABCDE”, pronounced, AB-si-dee”, according to the  Social Security Administration database which has existed only since 2014.

One said child and her mom Traci Redford were pre-boarding a Southwest Airlines flight in Orange County going home to El Paso, Texas when Redford overheard an airline employee mocking her daughter’s name. 

According to news affiliate ABC7 in Los Angeles. The Redfords were preboarding — as they usually do because Abcde is epileptic — when the Southwest Airlines gate agent started laughing and pointing at the child and making fun of her unique name to fellow airline employees. “I turned around and said, ‘Hey, if I can hear you, my daughter can hear you, so I’d appreciate if you’d just stop,’” Redford told ABC7.

Redford said her daughter asked her, “‘Mom, why is she laughing at my name?’” then replied. “‘You know, honey, not everybody is nice. And not everyone’s gonna be nice, and it’s unfortunate,’”

The employee took a photo of the girl’s boarding pass and posted in on Facebook. That’s when a social media user told the mom of the posting after reporting it to Southwest. The airlines issued an apoloyg ot the mom after she filed a formal complaint but failed to get a response for two weeks.

The Airline’s statement reads:

“We extend our sincere apology to the family. We take great pride in extending our Southwest Hospitality to all of our Customers, which includes living by the Golden Rule and treating every individual with respect, in person or online. The post is not indicative of the care, respect, and civility we expect from all of our Employees. We have followed up with the Employee involved, and while we do not disclose personnel actions publicly, we are using this as an opportunity to reinforce our policies and emphasize our expectations for all Employees.”

She took it to ABC7 which got nationwide attention, but most people online are blaming the mom for giving her daughter that name. Click to read the commentary:

What do you think?

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REPORT: ‘Game of Thrones’ influenced parents to name their babies Khaleesi and other characters



Update in light of recent news that Khaleesi was number 2 of Nameberry’s top 100 baby names of 2014! I’m reposting this piece we shared in April 2014. ENJOY!

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With 6.6 million viewers tuning into the first episode of Game of Thrones last Sunday, is there any wonder that 146 babies in 2012 were named after Thrones character Khaleesi?
That’s what Social Security Administration data recently analyzed by the website Vox.com showed. Another character Daenerys made the list of baby names that year too.  But only 21 baby girls will have to live their lives with that name made up by Thrones author George R.R. Martin.  A few other hundred baby girls are named after Thrones character Arya, an Entertainment Weekly piece pointed out
It’s not uncommon for parents to name their children after characters in popular TV shows and movies. Hunger Games protagonist “Katniss” influenced of dozens of baby girls to be given them that name. The name “Bella” jumped from 2,780 uses to 5,104 uses within two years of release of the Twilight series, Yahoo Shine noted.
The names “Phoebe” and “Piper” rose to popularity during the years the show Charmed was on TV as did names “Willow” and “Zander” during the Buffy the Vampire slayer years, the Shine piece noted.  Laura Wattenberg, author of “The Baby Name Wizard,” told Shine that as far back as the 80s, women who enjoyed Daryl Hannah‘s character in the movie Splash name herself Madison after seeing it on a NYC sign grew up to name their kids that. SSA data showed that 42 baby girls had that name in 1984, the year the movie came out. But the following year 298 babies were named Madison, eventually growing in popularity to 20,612 in 2004. That’s a lot of influence and no one would imagine that the name originated from a New York City street. 
And the phenomenon goes back even further than that. Wattenberg told Shine “Samantha”on the show Bewitched helped that name grow in popularity following its run from 1964 to 1972 on TV. 
It’s interesting how pop culture cinema and TV shows have that effect on lives for years after they are no longer in regular circulation. It would be interesting to see if the future Game of Throne-named children will get any negative reaction to the names over years especially from people who are not aware of the book or series years after it has its course too or if the names will continue on.
Time will tell. 

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