Most Popular First Names
In 1900, John and Mary topped the list; a hundred years later it was Jacob and Emily
Most Popular Baby Names by State
Mississipians prefer Emma and William
Celebrity Baby Names
The interesting, odd, and downright crazy names celebrities give their children
The Most Common Names for Twins
"Olivia" and "Sophia," and "Daniel" and "David" are hot names for twins
Most Common Last Names
Smith, Johnson, Williams, Brown, and Jones top the list
Spanish Place Names
"Alcatraz" comes from the Spanish word for pelican
American Indian Place Names
"Alabama" may come from Choctaw meaning "thicket-clearers" or "vegetation-gatherers"
Origin of State Names
"Texas" comes from an Indian word meaning "friends"
Names of State Residents
Are you a Bay Stater or a Wyomingite?
Nicknames for States
North Carolina is the Tar Heel state
Wacky Town Names
Do you hail from Turkey Scratch, Arkansas, or Boring, Oregon?
Former Country and City Names
Ceylon is now Sri Lanka, Siam is now Thailand
Planet and Moon Names
Mercury was named for the winged Roman god of travel because it appears to move so swiftly
Sports Team Names
Why is the Los Angeles NBA team known as the Lakers, despite the lack of lakes in L.A.?
The story behind Tiger Woods' s name
Baseball Team Nickname Changes
In 1987, the Oakland A's were renamed the Oakland Athletics
Hockey Team Nickname Changes
In 1995, the Quebec Nordiques moved to Denver and became the Colorado Avalanche
Most Popular Pet Names
Max, Sam, and Lady rank highest
Animal Names: Male, Female, and Young
A male fox is called a dog, a female fox a vixen
Animal Group Terminology
A "bed" of clams, a "murder" of crows, a "troop" of kangaroos
Days and Months
Names of the Months
July was named after Julius Caesar
Names of the Days of the Week
The names are based on the seven celestial bodies—the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn
A Miscellany: Cars, Hurricanes, Old Testament Names
Don't mess with a Lamborghini Diablo, a Plymouth Fury, or a Rolls Royce Phantom
Atlantic Hurricane Names
Before 1979, all Atlantic hurricanes were named after women
Retired Hurricane Names
When hurricanes are particularly destructive, their names are retired
Old Testament Names
From Aaron to Zophar
Famous Food Dishes and How they Got Their Names
The origins of Beef Stroganoff and Peach Melba
Just for Kids
Where the Name Fits the Place—Or Does it?
Is Greenland green, and is the Dead Sea dead?
Indonesians sometimes change their names after suffering great misfortune
Japanese Pokemon Names
The Japanese name for Haunter, "Gosuto", is the English word for "Ghost"
Names for Santa Around the World
Brazilian kids call him "Papai Noel"
Kleenex, Xerox, Scotch Tape are actually brand names