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The art and science of names
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The latest update in the Mississippi flag saga is that a new flag has been chosen by the commission (apparently it now has to be approved by a ballot, but this is likely to be the final version, as far as I can tell). It's a design that's been referred to as the Magnolia Flag because of the large, beautiful magnolia flower it features. (https://twitter.com/Troy_Johnson/status/1301194560215879687 is the image I saw)Anyway, this has got me wondering whether the name Magnolia could see a bump, at least locally? It's a pretty name, a nature name with southern-but-not-Confederate associations (hence the flag), and allows for the stylish nickname Maggie. Anyone who's lived around magnolias can tell you they're magnificent trees, and it seems like it would be a wonderful name... except that my previous association with it is the Magnolia brand run by Chip & Joanna Gaines of HGTV. I lived in Waco for a while so my brain is oversaturated with their brand, a style I didn't care that much for in the first place, but a lot of people obviously love it. It already ranks #314 and is listed as "up sharply," so I have to assume Chip & Jo gave it a boost. Could being in the national news widen its demographic?Personally, I don't think I would use it because I did grow up around magnolias, so much so that I don't picture a child at all when I say "Magnolia," I picture a tree. It would be like naming a kid "Tree" for me. But I like it as a name and I hope other people use it!
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