"Karen", the name that has become code for boorish, entitled behaviour, joins a long history of names being appropriated for various purposes – often unkindly.
While some women may be actively involved in choosing their marital name, taking the man's name remains the norm.
Generic names can take on a linguistic life of their own, becoming powerful forms of social commentary.
One anthropologist found 1,072 similar words for 'mom' and 'dad' in the world's languages. It turns out a mix of biology, culture and encouragement from parents explains this phenomenon.
A scholar disproves the long-held assumption that black names are a recent phenomenon.
India has always been a nation of multiple faiths but the BJP government, which is favoured to be returned this week as winner of the general election, is eroding the country's Muslim heritage.
From Scarecrow to Scabby William, what can medieval names tell historians today?
The demographics of name change petitioners today – and the reasons that they give – tell a complicated story of race, class and culture.
What's in a name? A valued sense of history and identity.
A Rose by any other name might not choose to become a gardener, and other odd quirks in how names affect us.
Red spots suggest Mercury may have formed far away from the sun.
Women are underrepresented in academic science. New research finds the problem is even worse in terms of who authors high-profile journal articles – bad news for women's career advancement.
The latest UK baby name data is in. But a name is more than just a noun, it can reveal who you are and where you come from.
Eight studies have found that when people were shown ID-style photos of people they'd never met, they were often able to correctly select the person's first name.
We're more likely to remember a storm with a human face – and will prepare for it.
A new database that shows the use of gendered words in major Australian newspapers tells us much about whose voices are being heard.
Words from 100 Indigenous languages are in the new edition of the Australian National Dictionary – reflecting a heightened interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
They may offer a cloak of anonymity, but you can peep behind the veil and learn a little about who's at the controls.
With Vikings on trend, it's high time for a masterclass on the bizarre world of their names.
The French term for ISIS – known as Da'ish or Daesh – has gathered more interest in the wake of the Paris attacks. Here's why this battle of naming matters.