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When Is a Baby Name a Political Statement?

Are Sasha and Malia political statement names? What about Melania? When does a name switch from trendy to controversial?

–Pregnant and Political

Political homages used to be a routine part of American baby naming. Today, though, parents across the political spectrum avoid politically tinged names. We didn't see a surge of babies named after Clinton, Bush or Obama, and we shouldn't expect a wave of baby Donalds, either. 

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How Geraldine Ferraro Shaped Baby Names

How Geraldine Ferraro Shaped Baby Names

Geraldine Ferraro has died. The first woman to be nominated to the vice presidency by a major party, she was also the only Italian-American to achieve nomination. Her children with John Zaccaro are named Donna, John Jr., and Laura.

The fate of her name mirrored the fate of her political career, then took a twist. Named years after Ferraro's failed campaign, a trend of young Geraldines suggest that she continued, nevertheless, to inspire.

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