Here are a dozen girls' names. Can you spot any patterns in the list?
Go with the obvious: half of the names on the list start with L. You're looking at the top dozen names in Austria, just one of the many countries infatuated with the lovely letter L. Lena and Leonie are particularly hot in German-speaking areas; Lea is huge in France and Quebec; Lucia is the top name in Spain, with Lucy and Lucie soaring elsewhere; Laura is a favorite just about everywhere (good taste, world!) Take any short name that starts with an L and ends with a vowel, and you're sure to be in style.
Regular readers of this blog may be experiencing a little deja vu right about now. Yes, you've heard something like this before. The same pattern came up in my discussion of rising names I've taken off my "Why Not?" list. Names like Luna and Lila were rare in the U.S. just a few years back, but are suddenly in contention. The global figures suggest that's not just a fluke. L is the world's hottest letter for girls' names, and the U.S. is just hitching a ride on that bandwagon.
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