Growing up my class had more Jennifer’s than any other name. I remember being so jealous that my name was Mary and not Jennifer. Mostly because the Jennifer’s all seemed to get along. It was that recognition that came from having the same name.
But turns out, in the US at least, there are more Mary’s and James’s than any other name. I never would have guessed that as the Jennifer’s held their Jennifer-only sleepovers. Sure, Mary wasn’t popular for my generation, but before that? Boy HOWDY were there a lot of Mary’s floating around!
But where did names even come from? A name is basically a sound you make to get someone’s attention, and yet over the past 100,000 or so years since human’s began using language, names have become so much more than that. Like, did you know names used to be used to designate who a person was? ‘Baker’, ‘Cook’, ‘Son of John’, names were a way of identifying family trade and so much more.
Now, though, names are more fluid and parents work hard at finding the most unique name they can for their children. So what’s in a name? Take a look!