When the British public was asked to name the country’s newest high-tech arctic research ship, presumably with an historic or impressive name, someone suggested “Boaty McBoatface.” Thanks to British sense of humor, that name won over thousands of others. Unfazed, the country’s military is aiming to use public participation to name its newest weapons, and people are happily responding. The leading name for Britain’s latest attack fighter jet is “Shooty-Shooty-Bang-Bang.” The newest aircraft carrier is to be named “HMS Winky Dink.” And the leading name for the country’s new battle tank is the “Captain Crunch.”
Most books of baby names list only what’s popular right now. But if you want to name your new baby something that most people throughout human history have named theirs, this list is for you. After all, why name your baby after a celebrity when you have 40,000 years and a world of humanity to choose from? Our book The Most Popular Baby Names Ever lists 1,000 of the names most people around the world chose since we separated from the apes. For example, the most popular baby names ever include:
• The Baby
• Little One
You’ll derive inspiration from civilizations long gone, like the Minoans, Mayans and Moderate Republicans. Now you no longer need to name your baby Jacob or Emma – you can pick something any Neanderthal would recognize!
The Most Popular Baby Names Ever, 218 pp., $19.95
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