How popular is the baby name Kris in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Kris and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Kris.
Last month, FlowingData crunched some numbers to come up with the 35 most unisex baby names in the U.S. since 1930. Here’s their list:
I’m not sure exactly what criteria were used to create the rankings, but it looks like the top unisex names on this list were the top-1,000 names that “stuck around that 50-50 split” the longest from 1930 to 2012.
(In contrast, my unisex baby names page lists any name on the full list to fall within the 25-75 to 75-25 range, but only in the most recent year on record.)
The FlowingData post also mentions that, though the data is pretty noisy, there might be “a mild upward trend” over the years in the number of babies with a unisex name.
**In 1957, Johnny Carson’s 5-year-old son Kim had his name changed to Richard because he’d been having “a little trouble over his name being mistaken for a girl’s.”
Source: The most unisex names in US history
[Update: Changed Michael to Michel, 11/7]
I usually talk about how to choose first names, but deciding when to use those first names is another important topic. Paula Span, a contributor to the New York Times blog The New Old Age, published a post today about health care professionals who address elderly patients by their first names. Here’s an excerpt:
Nurses, technicians, therapists: Everyone seems to find it perfectly appropriate — friendly, even — to refer to people in their 70s and 80s not as Miss, Mrs. or Mr., but as Sally, Frieda or Carl.
What’s wrong with that? As a hospital patient, “you’re suddenly in this strange environment in which you have no control,” [nurse Kris DeWeese] explained. “You’re practically naked, and people are coming in and out of your room, asking personal questions and examining you. And you already feel sick and worried.”
“To be addressed with extra respect, even if someone is asking you about your bowel movements, gives some recognition that you’re still the able, competent person you were before you came into the hospital,” Ms. DeWeese said.
The comments are very interesting as well. Definitely think about forwarding the post to anyone you know who works with the elderly (in any capacity).
Want a baby name that’s short & sweet? Here are over 100 one-syllable girl names:
Brynn, Bryn, Brynne
Claire, Clare, Clair
Faye, Fay, Fae
Gail, Gayle, Gale
Jade, Jayde, Jaide
Joy, Joi, Joie
Laine, Lane, Layne
Lynn, Lynne, Lyn
Rayne, Rain, Raine
Shea, Shae, Shay
See any you like?
P.S. Here are the most popular 1-syllable girl names of 2012, 2011 and 2010.