Parallel with anthropological literature, analysis of genealogical data shows a strong relationship between infant mortality rates and allowing deceased infants to remain unnamed. This was especially true for infants dying shortly after birth. Findings suggest the question, "When does life begin?" has had social as well as biological and religious answers.
"Infant Mortality and Child-Naming: A Genealogical Exploration of American Trends,"
The Journal of Public and Professional Sociology: Vol. 3
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/jpps/vol3/iss1/2