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I wrote a letter to a friend not long ago, and the act of writing something longhand (which I rarely do anymore) made me wonder: which baby names can be written in cursive without lifting the pen from the page?
Turns out that many names can be written this way–so long as they don’t contain letters that need crossing/dotting (t, i, x, j) and don’t start with a tricky capital (such as W, which doesn’t connect to the letters that follow, or H, which itself requires more than one pen-stroke to be formed correctly).
Here are some examples of names that can be written in script with one continuous line of ink.
- 3 letters: Ava, Moe, Ned, Rob, Ula
- 4 letters: Cleo, Elmo, Jada, Rhys, Zane
- 5 letters: Carla, Jesse, Nancy, Ryder, Yosef
- 6 letters: Edward, Jazmyn, Morgan, Nelson, Ursula
- 7 letters: Charles, Eleanor, Jeffrey, Malcolm, Rebecca
- 8 letters: Alphonso, Emmanuel, Mercedes, Mohammad, Randolph
- 9 letters: Cleveland, Esperanza, Jefferson, Magdalena, Rosabelle
- 10 letters: Alessandra, Alessandro, Clarabella, Clarabelle, Jacquelynn
…For more onomastic trivia, try this list of baby names that can be typed one-handed on a QWERTY keyboard.
Mathematically speaking, it’s possible to construct 676 pairs of letters from a 26-letter alphabet. In terms of baby names, though, only a portion of these pairs can realistically be used to start a baby name.
If you look at each of the 6,692 names that have ever ranked among the most popular U.S. (1880-2006), you’ll notice that only 233 two-letter combinations have ever been used at the beginning of the names (e.g., “Na-” for Nancy, or “Ev-” for Evan).
So…what’s the most common pair of starting letters?
Ma– is the clear winner. It starts nearly twice as many names as Ja-, the second most common starting letter-pair.
Here’s a more detailed breakdown of all the two-letter combinations that have started at least 100 ranked baby names:
- 331 “Ma-” names (Mark, Mandy, Matthias, Marylouise)
- 177 “Ja-” names (Jane, Jacob, Jaleesa, Jamarion)
- 174 “Al-” names (Alf, Alice, Alphonso, Albertina)
- 167 “De-” names (Dean, Della, Devontae, Demetria)
- 157 “Ka-” names (Karl, Katie, Kameron, Katharina)
- 144 “Sh-” names (Shane, Sherman, Shanice, Sheridan)
- 143 “Ca-” names (Cash, Cadence, Carmella, Casimiro)
- 139 “Da-” names (Dave, Daisy, Damarcus, Dayanara)
- 125 “El-” names (Elmo, Elyse, Elijah, Eleanora)
- 121 “Ro-” names (Ross, Roxie, Roosevelt, Rosalinda)
- 118 “Br-” names (Bruce, Brenda, Bryson, Brittany)
- 118 “Ch-” names (Chad, Chantal, Christopher, Christiana)
- 117 “La-” names (Lane, Laura, Lafayette, Lakeshia)
- 113 “Le-” names (Les, Leah, Leandra, Leopoldo)
- 102 “Je-” names (Jeff, Jewel, Jennifer, Jeremiah)
- 101 “Jo-” names (John, Joanna, Joshua, Josefina)
- 100 “Ar-” names (Art, Arla, Armani, Araceli)