We’ve seen data suggesting that the health of the economy has an influence on baby names — specifically, that strong markets embolden expectant parents to go for uncommon names, whereas weak ones have the opposite effect (because times of uncertainty/fear make us want to blend in, not stand out).
With this in mind…what do you think will happen to baby names during 2020?
Our lives have not just been dominated by the news of the Coronavirus outbreak, but totally disrupted due to various containment measures: the closing of businesses, the practice of social distancing, etc. Anxiety levels have been running high for weeks, and no doubt this will continue for weeks to come.
If the prevailing social mood really does affect baby names, should we expect name creativity to plummet in 2020? Or, do you think (like Zoe on Twitter does) that the crisis will instead inspire parents to take more risks, because it’s reminding us that “life is fragile”?