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Storm Freya pounds the lighthouse at Porthcawl Point, in Brigend, Wales, on March 3 and 4, 2019. Bryn J Morgan | Shutterstock

Why naming storms is a risky business

Naming storms, streets or buildings is complicated because names are not just benign words. They are powerful cultural workhorses.
If there are a few girls named Noah, we’re not seeing any boys called Olivia. bernatets photo | shutterstock

How parents take more risks when naming girls than boys

Parents are more traditional and risk-averse in naming their sons because boys’ names continue to retain more cultural value than girls’ do.
For decades, native-born American Jews changed their names to improve their job prospects. Billion Photos/

Why are some Americans changing their names?

The demographics of name change petitioners today – and the reasons that they give – tell a complicated story of race, class and culture.
Reigning Chess World Champion Magnus Carlsen, left, from Norway, and American challenger Fabiano Caruana will face off in the World Chess Championship, which begins Nov. 9 in London. Matt Dunham/AP

Myths and unknowns about chess and the contenders for the World Chess Championship

With the World Chess Championship set to begin Nov. 9 in London, Alexey Root, who teaches online courses about chess in education, tackles some myths and unknowns about the royal game.

What’s in a name? Everything

People with a name that is easy to pronounce are more likely to be offered promotions and rise through the professional and…
Celebrities Jay-Z and Beyonce called their newborn child Blue Ivy. But can the rest of us get away with less orthodox names? AAP

Jay-Z, Beyoncé, baby Blue Ivy and the art of naming

American rock band Modest Mouse’s song Black Cadillacs (2004) has a particularly wonderful opening: And it’s true we named our children / After towns that we’ve never been to Inside a song filled with…

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