There's still time to enter the 2010 Baby Name Pool, but your entry must be in by the end of the day on Friday, April 15. Your taxes have to be in by then too. (You probably knew that, but I thought I'd offer a public-spirited reminder.)
Here's the great news: entering the Name Pool is WAY easier than doing your taxes. Just list 3 names you think rose last year, and 3 that you think fell. If you do it badly, there will be no audits or penalties. If you do it well, you'll be publicly celebrated. Beat that, IRS!
UPDATE: Thank you to the reader who reminded me that the IRS deadline is April 18 this year, due to the observance of Emancipation Day in Washington D.C. You might wonder if this gives you extra baby-naming time as well. Sorry, procrastinators. I live in Massachusetts, and will be celebrating Patriots' Day on Monday instead. So the 15th it is.
Note that I put the apostrophe at the end of the word Patriots, as I've been given to understand is correct by Massachusetts statute. Yet the official Commonwealth holiday calendar (we're a Commonwealth here, not a state) says "Patriot's Day" -- but lists November 11 as "Veterans' Day." Why do we honor all Veterans, but only one Patriot? And if you've bothered to read this whole tangent, surely you have enough free time to enter the Name Pool, right?
A real blog entry is coming tomorrow, I promise.
I've recently started tracking the popularity of dog names by breed. Some names (Molly, Buddy) turn out to be canine universals. Others (Midnight, Socks) focus more on the individual animal's appearance than breed personality. But certain names do gravitate to specific breeds -- painting a portrait of name and breed alike.
Below you'll find "name clouds" representing the most popular names for five breeds of dog. (Images were made with the incomparable Wordle. Thanks, Jonathan!) The bigger the type, the more popular the name. Can you guess which name cloud matches each breed?
Breeds: Basset Hound, Chihuahua, Dalmation, Rottweiler, Siberian Husky
My guess is that most dog lovers will guess this in a jiffy, but I'll confirm the right answers in comments tomorrow.
p.s. there's still time to make your guesses of the top rising and falling names of the year in the annual Baby Name Pool!
TinyPrints, the custom greeting card/stationery company, has been a supporter of this site for a long time now. This is the first time they've asked me to let you know about a special offer, and I'm happy to do it because it's a genuinely good deal. You can make custom Mother's Day cards -- cards your mom (or grandma) will actually care about and show off to all of her friends, aren't you a dutiful child -- for cheap, or even free.
Here's a sample that my partner Jennie created for her mom, with a message many of us can relate to:
"I love you...even though you named me Jennifer."
You can have TinyPrints mail the card directly to the recipient, or even turn it into a gift by telling them to include a gift card to a store of your choice, or a donation to a charity. And yes, registering for TinyPrints also helps support your friendly neighborhood baby name site. We thank you for it.