“Hillary” was, once upon a time, a popular name. Until 1993—the year after Bill Clinton took office. Interesting.
Hillary. Hilary. Hilaria. Hill-a-ree. It’s perky. It’s singsong. It’s deeply unpopular. And the timing begs the question: Is our nation’s swift rejection of Mrs. Clinton’s first name a case of causation or correlation? I’m no statistician so I think it’s suffice to say—who knows? Still, the Baby Name Wizards, who are far more qualified than I, offer us two insights on the matter:
- “I really like the name Hillary for a girl, however I would never use it because I hate Hillary Clinton!”
- “This name sounds too thick, like the person saying it is gurgling.”