Regular readers know what Silly First Name Syndrome is. Even Freakonomics has looked at the issue.
Now on the The Daily Beast they are looking at some people who are naming their kids after firearms manufacturers.
In 2002, only 194 babies were named Colt, while in 2012 there were 955. Just 185 babies were given the name Remington in 2002, but by 2012 the number had jumped to 666. Perhaps the most surprising of all, however, is a jump in the name Rugerâ€™s (Americaâ€™s leading firearm manufacturer) from just 23 in 2002 to 118 in 2012.Â â€śThis name [Ruger] is more evidence of parentsâ€™ increasing interest in naming children after firearms,â€ť Wattenberg writes. â€śColt, Remington, and Gauge have all soared, and Gunner is much more common than the traditional name Gunnar.â€ť
If 2012â€™s statistics are any indication; her point is sound. In 1999, Gunner ranked 739thÂ on the list of the Official Social Security siteâ€™s 1000 most popular names for boysâ€”by 2012 itÂ jumpedÂ to 293rd. Remington, for both girls and boys,spikedÂ in the last few years as well, starting at 731stÂ place in 1999 and jumping toÂ 421ndÂ a decade later. In 2012 alone, approximately 1,607 babies per millionÂ were namedColtonâ€”a peak high for the name.
And while a solid argument could be made that these names are often chosen for their style alone and not for their relationship to firearms, the inclination towards them says something about our society. â€śI think of names as a fossil record of our culture. You can look back over generations and get a sense of what people were talking aboutâ€”our obsessions, our dreams, etc,â€ť says Wattenberg.Â Read more »