Avvo Marketing Guy Compiles List of Most Popular Lawyer First Names
For those parents-to-be who want to ensure that their children's lives are saddled with crushing debt and filled with 90-hour work weeks reviewing irrelevant emails in a windowless room on the 22nd floor of a New York office building, Conrad Saam, head of marketing for the controversial "lawyer rating" site Avvo, has done a "groundbreaking new study on lawyer's [sic] names over the past 200 years."
There are eight names that Saam says appear in the top 20 list for every time period he studied: each decade since the 1950s, 1901-1950, and the Olde Tyme list of attorney names from the 19th century:
Color me unsurprised; I imagine several of these old standards likely also appear on the top 20 lists of plumber names, airline pilot names and carnival barker names. Just to be safe, though, I'm taking them all off the list of potential monikers for my offspring.
None of the names on any of the lists that Saam lays out are particularly novel or edgy. So, in an abundance of caution, if you want to be sure your daughter doesn't end up a lawyer, you might want to consider something from the "Bad Girls" list, like Cayenne or Tempest. And if, despite Willie Nelson's suggestion, you'd rather your babies grow up to be cowboys than "doctors and lawyers and such," perhaps you should choose something from the "Relaxed Names for Boys" list, such as Boone or Rooney.
Posted by Eric Lipman on May 12, 2010 at 02:45 PM | Permalink
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