Part 2 of that article from yesterday on kids’ names. Also fascinating. This one talks about where names come from. Apparently the pattern is high-income, highly-educated parents pick up on names (it’s not clear exactly how) and then it works its way down the socio-economic ladder. The most popular baby names among the high-end (their term, not mine) generally foreshadow the most popular baby names overall about a decade later.

Therefore, we can predict the most popular baby names in 2015 by looking at the popular names among the highly educated today. Some names that stick out from babies I know: Bennett, Aidan, and Emma. And Maximilian is on this list, which means it is (or soon will be) a socially acceptable name choice. Hmm.