-The 2007 recession was caused by the housing crisis, which hit hardest in Arizona.
-Arizona is home to 25% of all Americans born with a Welsh name (Jones, Williams).
-Thus far this year, one out of every five babies born has had a Welsh name like Jones or Williams.
-In 2008 and 2009, when the economy began its downward spiral “Welsh” became a top 100 baby boy’s name for both years whereas before it was just an occasional choice at best.
-A total income increase would be about $100 billion annually if everyone chose names that didn’t belong to any nationality. It might not sound like much but considering how many people have chosen these sorts of ethnic names, it is.
-Since the recession began in 2007 and so many people are choosing Welsh names for their babies, they might be to blame when we see a larger percentage of Americans born with those names ending up unemployed or underemployed than before – because there will now be more Joneses and Williamses applying for jobs at local restaurants. The same goes for schools as well; these students may not have had such an easy time getting into college due to having less resources available for speaking English fluently while still being able to speak Welsh fluently just from hearing it all day long at home.
-In the end, this isn’t about blaming anyone but instead raising awareness that some factors could play a part in why so many people are struggling with unemployment and underemployment these days.
-There is still hope though; as awareness increases, more people will be willing to hire Welsh names or those who have Spanish surnames without knowing it for their businesses in order to better serve the populations they’re closer to and care about most: friends, family members, neighbors.
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The recession has had many important effects on the world, but it is hard to say which one will have a more lasting impact. The economy may be better than before or worse off; however, there are some things that we can see and measure from this time frame. One of those metrics is what people are naming their children.
One study done by researchers at Harvard University found that in the past five years since 2008, parents named their daughters Rachel 15% less often than they did previously between 1880-2007 (Rachel was ranked as number three). In addition to names like Elizabeth (#35) and Mary (#12), all Welsh female names fell significantly over the same period of time with Anne ranking last at 54th most popular name for girls.
There are a few reasons why people may be shying away from Welsh female names during this economic recession:
The first reason is that perhaps these parents’ do not want their daughters to have the same fate as those in Wales, who live with high unemployment and poverty rates (about 24% of children). These statistics might cause some parents to rethink naming their daughter Mary or Elizabeth because they think it will give them an extra disadvantage when looking for work due to their last name. The second possible reasoning behind dropping popularity could be lack of faith in the future. People may believe that by giving girls a more traditional American-sounding names like Emily (#18 most popular) or Katie (#17), it can help keep their family afloat in these tough times. Third, it could be that people are looking for more unique names to avoid being mistaken with another classmate or co-worker. This is a valid reason and can also be seen in the rise of unisex naming trends like Kaitlyn (#53 most popular) which was not even on the list of Top 100 baby names in 1990.
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The first reason is that perhaps these parents’ do not want their daughters to have the same fate as those in Wales, who live with high unemployment and poverty rates (about 24% of children). These statistics might cause some parents to hope to create a better future for their children by giving them more unique names.
The second reason may be that as these parents are not able to provide the same level of stability they were before, they might want to make sure that people can easily differentiate between themselves and other classmates or co-workers who have similar sounding first names. This is also reflected in the rise of unisex naming trends like Kaitlyn (#53 most popular) which was not even on the list of Top 100 baby names in 1990.
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The third reason could be that people are looking to gain an edge in a competitive job market, with more and more people looking to stand out. Changing their name might be one way to do this.
There are many reasons why parents choose certain names for their children–and some of them can even be traced back to economic events such as the recession that began during 2008-2009. Below is my list of seven possible explanations:
o Some parents hope to create a better future for their children by giving them unique or unisex names like Kaitlyn (#53 most popular) which was not on the Top 100 baby girl names between 1990 and 199 . The second reason may be that these parents are no longer able experience stability due to financial hardship so they want make sure friends and family can easily distinguish them from their friends with the same name. o Some parents are trying to buck traditions and add a sense of independence by selecting names like Bryn (#123 most popular) which is ranked higher than any other Welsh female name on this list . This choice may be an attempt at self-expression or just a statement about how much they dislike tradition. I hope that you found these explanations insightful and I am looking forward to hearing your feedback in the comments below! If you’re interested, here are some numbers: Kaitlyn was #53 while Bryn was 123rd for popularity among girls’ names overall as well as being one of only two Welsh female names listed. The first reason might be