According to Michael Varnum of the University of Michigan, pioneers tend to be "people who are high in individualism and foster and reward individualistic values such as uniqueness and self-reliance," the same characteristics that go into their baby-naming decisions. To prove his theory, researchers looked at the commonness of the most popular names in newer and older regions of the country. The 10 most popular baby names were found more frequently in the Northeast than the Mountain West and Pacific Northwest. So if you want to name your child Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 or Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii, move out West before filling out your birth certificate!
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