Saturday, July 19, 2008

What a difference a day makes

Most popular boy/girl baby names in 1950, according to the U.S. Social Security Administration:
1. James / Linda
2. Robert / Mary
3. John / Patricia
4. Michael / Barbara
5. David / Susan
6. William / Nancy
7. Richard / Deborah
8. Thomas / Sandra
9. Charles / Carol
10. Gary / Kathleen

Most popular boy/girl baby names in 2007, according to the U.S. Social Security Administration:

1. Jacob / Emily
2. Michael / Isabella
3. Ethan / Emma
4. Joshua / Ava
5. Daniel / Madison
6. Christopher / Sophia
7. Anthony / Olivia
8. William / Abigail
9. Matthew / Hannah
10. Andrew / Elizabeth

According to writer Jeanna Bryner, "Mary" was the top baby girl name from the 1880s into the 1950s; "John" consistently stayed among the top boy names during that same period. I'm not sure where "Sunday Rose" will fit into the list.


Anonymous said...

What, no Brittany? Where's Brittany? Every third teenaged girl you meet is named Brittany. I guess that was LAST decade.

Anonymous said...

t least glad to see a return to more traditional names. Except for Madison.

clinch64 said...

As for unique and unusual names, I had a great-great grandmother who had the birth name of Lalla Rookh Napolean Foster. It seems there was a popular book of the time (1849) by the name of" Lalla Rookh." No one knows where the inspiration for Napolean came from. One could guess the obvious.