Diary

Baby names: Then and Now

Here is an interesting little study of the most popular baby names from 1880, when they first started keeping these records, right through to 2009.
 
From 1880 through 1946, the number one girl’s name, every year, was “Mary”. For some reason, probably Hollywood connected, from 1946 through 1952, “Mary” fell to second place behind “Linda”. “Mary” then returned to first place, where it remained until 1962. At that point, the popularity of the name began to fall, until, by 1972 it was completely out of the top 10.
 
I guess that tells us a lot about the 1960’s. It tells us about the decline of the “Grand Olde Name”
 
It also tells us about the decline of the American Dream that my parents passed on to me as my birthright!
 
Which brings us to today. (:<) (:<) (:<)   Cry the Beloved Country!!
 
 
Popularity in 1880 Popularity in 1950 Popularity in 2009
 
Rank Male name Female name Rank Male name Female name Rank Male name Female name
1
John Mary
1
James Linda 1 Jacob Isabella
2 William Anna 2 Robert Mary 2 Ethan Emma
3 James Emma 3 John Patricia 3 Michael Olivia
4 Charles Elizabeth 4 Michael Barbara 4 Alexander Sophia
5 George Minnie 5 David Susan 5 William Ava
6 Frank Margaret 6 William Nancy 6 Joshua Emily
7 Joseph Ida 7 Richard Deborah 7 Daniel Madison
8 Thomas Alice 8 Thomas Sandra 8 Jayden Abigail
9 Henry Bertha 9 Charles Carol 9 Noah Chloe
10 Robert Sarah 10 Gary Kathleen 10 Anthony Mia
11 Edward Annie 11 Larry Sharon 11 Christopher Elizabeth
12 Harry Clara 12 Ronald Karen 12 Aiden Addison
13 Walter Ella 13 Joseph Donna 13 Matthew Alexis
14 Arthur Florence 14 Donald Brenda 14 David Ella
15 Fred Cora 15 Kenneth Margaret 15 Andrew Samantha
16 Albert Martha 16 Steven Diane 16 Joseph Natalie
17 Samuel Laura 17 Dennis Pamela 17 Logan Grace
18 David Nellie 18 Paul Janet 18 James Lily
19 Louis Grace 19 Stephen Shirley 19 Ryan Alyssa
20 Joe Carrie
20 George Carolyn
20 Benjamin Ashley