We all know it’s hard to resist a good baby-name story…especially when the names are off-the-charts wacky (hello, Facebook!). But a new study published in the journal Psychological Science reports that where baby is born may actually determine his moniker.
Study says: Baby's Name is Based on Location
According to the study, American babies born in the frontier states (the Mountain West and Pacific Northwest regions) tend to have less common names than those born in older areas (like the 13 original colonies). Don’t believe us? Think about Sarah Palin’s Alaskan-born brood: Track, Willow, Trig, Bristol and Piper. (Told ya!) Babies born in older states typically have names that rank up the Social Security Administration’s list. While it's a little weird to think of location subconsciously seeping into the name game, we have to admit it makes sense. And the whole Sarah Palin thing? Spot on. Consider us intrigued…
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