Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What's Not in Name-alytics


There is A LOT of information in Name-alytics. But there are a few things I found in my research that just didn't fit in the book, so I will share them now...
  • Out of the 825 names that have been in the Top 100 since 1880, two are no longer given (at least not to the minimum of 5 babies in a year). Myrtle and Nannie seemed to have completely disappeared from use. Myrtle disappeared after 1997, with a brief showing in 2005, and Nannie disappeared after 1979, with some appearances in 1981, 1986, 1988 and 1991. Maud was previously on this list until she made a reappearance in 2013; she hasn't been used steadily since 1962. Willie (for a girl) is another one that has been sporadic lately, falling from constant use after 1998 and then being recorded as a given name on and off, reappearing in 2013. On the boy side, Ed and Garfield were almost goners until 2013 when they reappeared after just a few years of non-use. 
  • As popular as they are now, several names in the Top 100 were not used at all in this country until fairly recently. Late boy arrivals (first recorded use after 1950) include: Aiden 1970, Ayden 1990, Brayden 1970, Brody 1954, Caden 1979, Dylan 1953, Jaden 1970, Jase 1967, Jaxon 1972, Jaxson 1991, Jayden 1977, Kaden 1977, Kayden 1989, and Ryder 1960. 
  • Late girl arrivals include: Aaliyah 1976, Addison* 1980, Alyssa 1950, Ariana 1957, Arianna 1959, Breanna 1965, Briana 1950, Brianna 1963, Brittany 1963, Brittney 1958, Brooklyn 1972, Caitlin 1955, Cassidy 1968, Destiny 1956, Genesis 1964, Gianna 1951, Harper* 1971, Jayla 1968, Jordan* 1950, Kaitlin 1971, Kaitlyn 1967, Katelyn 1970, Kennedy* 1957, Khloe 1989, Kiara 1968, Kylie 1960, Latoya 1960, Layla 1950, London* 1963, Mackenzie 1973, Madison* 1971, Makayla 1971, Meghan 1952, Mikayla 1970, Mya 1954, Nevaeh 1997, Paisley 1966, Payton* 1966, Peyton* 1957, Piper 1951, Reagan* 1956, Serenity 1972, Skylar* 1974, Taylor* 1951, and Zoey 1967. (*first year used for girls, used previously for boys)
  • From the Decades list in the book, you can see that Christie/Christy/Kristi/Kristy were at their heights in the 1970s, but Christina/Crystal/Krista/Kristen/Kristin/Kristina/Krystal were at their peaks in the 1980s. The 1970s were also when the Mels (Melanie/Melinda/Melissa) were at their highest. The 1990s brought us the pinnacles of Caitlin/Kaitlin/Kaitlyn/Katelyn. Jean/Jeanne were at their peaks in the 1920s, but the sound preference changed in the next decade, for Joan/Joann/Joanne were at their highest in the 1930s.
  • And while researching the connections between the Top 100 names, I discovered that Minnie, Velma and Wilma are connected through the name Wilhelmina, while Mattie, Maud and Maude are connected through the name Matilda.
I'm sure more blog posts will come out of the basic research from this book. If you would like to see the research and analysis that WAS in the book, you may purchase Name-alytics using the button on the right!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Name-alytics


I am so very excited to finally announce the release of my eBook!

Name-alytics: An In-Depth Analysis of the Top 100 Names in the United States Since 1880 is a project I have been working on for over a year now. I had the idea and started the research last summer. It took a while to figure out how I wanted to organize it, and then when I realized I wanted to be a control freak about it all, I was tremendously blessed to have a husband who helped with creating the database after I collected the raw information from the Social Security Administration. Once the data was put together, I retrieved the information for all the names that have been in the Top 100 since 1880 and formulated several Excel spreadsheets from which to work. Then I started writing the book by going back and forth between Excel and Word. Then I realized all the awesome lists I could create from what I had gathered. Then I got the bright idea to research the possible pop culture effects on name popularity. After that was completed, it dawned on me that a graphic would be really eye-opening in terms of what I wanted the results to present, so I spent quite a while generating graphs. By that time, I realized I had to update all of the information with the 2013 numbers. All of that plus the day-to-day, school events, trips, holidays, and a kid's broken elbow that required four surgeries make the year go by fairly quickly. ;) In any case, the outcome of all this work is something that I am extremely proud of and thrilled to share with you!

So what exactly does Name-alytics present to you? Well, just how popular is popular when it comes to the top names of the country? Name-alytics takes a look at every Top 100 name in the United States since 1880 and presents an entirely new perspective on name popularity. From Mary to Sophia, John to Noah, Beulah to Brittany, Edgar to Ethan... Name-alytics' full analysis of how each name performs throughout time serves as a great resource for soon-to-be-parents, repeat parents, name enthusiasts and even history lovers.

I make an argument that percentage of use is the best way to measure popularity over time. Rankings show how popular a name is in comparison to other names, but doesn't present an accurate picture of exactly how many babies were given that name. And raw numbers tell you exactly how many babies were given that name, but because of the increase in birth rates over the years, they don't show if the name is more popular now or 100 years ago.

Besides giving you a thorough list of all 825 names that have ever been in the Top 100 since 1880, I also include when it was at its peak as well as its highest ranking (and comparing the two can be quite interesting). Here is an example from the book...

Alice (1880-1956)
Highest Percentage: 1.4487% (1880) <-- about 15 girls out of every 1,000 were named Alice in 1880
Highest Rank: 8 (1880, 1882, 1906)
Decade: 1880s (1.2431%)
Variants: Alicia, Alyssa

Additional lists include which names have been in the Top 100 every year since 1880, which names fell out of the Top 100 and returned later, and which names appeared on both the boy side and the girl side. As I said before, the graphs are a visual way of showing a new way of looking at popularity. An example of something I discovered while doing this research is best presented in a graph. Did you know that Bertha was more popular at its height than Catherine ever was? Just take a look at one the graphs included in the book...


This graph shows the highest percentage of use for each Top 100 girl name beginning with the letters A-D and how it lies in comparison to the percentage of use for the #1 girl name (the line). As you can see, Bertha was at its height in popularity in 1883, when Mary was safe at secure at #1. Then you see classic Catherine at its height in 1914, well below Bertha's peak. I'm not sure any of us would have guessed that Bertha was a more coveted name than Catherine. When you see where these Top 100 names actually lie at the apex of their popularity, you will view the acclaim of each of these names in a different light.

There have been several posts concerning "then and now" on this blog. These posts are what got me interested in doing this research in the first place, so I decided to include them in the book. I also include a section discussing the coincidences between certain pop culture/historical names/events and the popularity of Top 100 names. While there is no way to determine for sure why parents used a certain name on their baby, it is fascinating to see possible correlations.

As you can see above, the graphs are pretty detailed and would probably be hard to view on a Kindle or iPhone. Because of this and the fact that I only want to release the best I have to offer, the book is currently available as a PDF file.

That is all I have to say about this tremendous project of mine! I hope you all find it as interesting as I did. To purchase Name-alytics, please click on the button below. I thank you for your consideration and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the book.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Comparison of English/Welsh and American Top 100


British Baby Names has given a great overview of the newly released popular name list for England and Wales in 2013... now I'd like to do a brief comparison of the tastes of the English/Welsh to the Americans!

Names appearing in both Top 100 lists:

BOYS GIRLS
Aaron Abigail
Adam Amelia
Aiden Anna
Alexander Annabelle
Austin Ava
Benjamin Bella
Blake Charlotte
Caleb Chloe
Cameron Elizabeth
Charles Ella
Connor Ellie
Daniel Emily
David Emma
Dylan Eva
Elijah Evelyn
Ethan Faith
Evan Grace
Gabriel Hannah
Henry Isabella
Isaac Julia
Jack Layla
Jacob Leah
James Lily
Jayden Lucy
Joseph Lydia
Joshua Madison
Liam Maya
Logan Mia
Lucas Olivia
Luke Ruby
Mason Sarah
Matthew Scarlett
Michael Sofia
Nathan Sophia
Noah Sophie
Oliver Victoria
Owen Violet
Robert Zoe
Ryan
Samuel
Sebastian
Thomas
Tyler
William
Zachary

It's no surprise there are more boy names in common than girl names, as there are several classics represented. Surprises are present however, and may include Austin, Jayden, and Madison. I'm not sure I like seeing Aiden in common... I would have hoped the English/Welsh would have stuck with the roots of the name and gone with Aidan. Even more interesting is what's NOT in common...

The other boy names in each Top 100:

E/W US
Albert Adrian
Alex Andrew
Alfie Angel
Archie Anthony
Arthur Ayden
Bobby Bentley
Callum Brandon
Charlie Braydon
Dexter Brody
Edward Camden
Elliot Carson
Elliott Carter
Felix Chase
Finlay Christian
Finley Christopher
Frankie Colton
Freddie Cooper
Frederick Damian
George Dominic
Harley Easton
Harrison Eli
Harry Gavin
Harvey Grayson
Hugo Hudson
Ibrahim Hunter
Jake Ian
Jamie Isaiah
Jenson Jace
Jude Jackson
Kai Jase
Kian Jason
Leo Jaxon
Leon Jaxson
Lewis Jeremiah
Louie John
Louis Jonathan
Luca Jordan
Max Jose
Mohammad Josiah
Mohammed Juan
Muhammad Julian
Ollie Justin
Oscar Kayden
Reuben Kevin
Riley Landon
Ronnie Levi
Rory Lincoln
Seth Luis
Sonny Nathaniel
Stanley Nicholas
Teddy Nolan
Theo Parker
Theodore Tristan
Toby Wyatt
Tommy Xavier

The other girl names in each Top 100 (there are more in the E/W list because there was a tie at 100):

E/W US
Aisha Aaliyah
Alice Addison
Amber Alexa
Amelie Alexandra
Amy Alexis
Beatrice Allison
Bethany Alyssa
Brooke Aria
Daisy Ariana
Darcey Arianna
Darcy Ashley
Eleanor Aubree
Eliza Aubrey
Elsie Audrey
Emilia Autumn
Erin Avery
Esme Brianna
Evie Brooklyn
Florence Camila
Francesca Caroline
Freya Claire
Georgia Gabriella
Gracie Genesis
Harriet Gianna
Heidi Hailey
Hollie Harper
Holly Jocelyn
Imogen Katherine
Isabel Kayla
Isabelle Kaylee
Isla Kennedy
Isobel Khloe
Ivy Kylie
Jasmine Lauren
Jessica Lillian
Katie London
Lacey Mackenzie
Lexi Madeline
Lilly Madelyn
Lola Makayla
Maddison Melanie
Maisie Mila
Maria Morgan
Martha Naomi
Maryam Natalie
Matilda Nevaeh
Megan Nicole
Millie Nora
Mollie Paisley
Molly Penelope
Niamh Peyton
Paige Piper
Phoebe Riley
Poppy Sadie
Rose Samantha
Rosie Savannah
Sara Serenity
Sienna Skylar
Skye Stella
Summer Sydney
Tilly Taylor
Willow Zoey
Zara

Americans really love A, B, and C names. We have a bunch of them in the Top 100 compared to the E/W list. The English/Welsh have fallen in love with several names that begin with F, while American only prefer Faith. Americans prefer a ton of J names for their boys, and the English/Welsh prefer letters in the second-half of the alphabet. Both sets of parents like M names for girls, but it's interesting to see the wide variety that each country chooses. It's no secret that the English/Welsh love their nicknames as given names, while Americans tend to put the longer name on the birth certificate. And what about Alice vs. Alyssa, Brooke vs. Brooklyn, Hollie/Holly vs. Hailey, Katie vs. Katherine, Poppy vs. Piper, Skye vs. Skylar, and Tilly vs. Taylor? There are a lots of similarities as well as differences between the preferences.

Do you see anything else interesting in the comparison? Which list suits your fancy more?

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Updated Post on Nameberry!

Just a little break from my summer break to announce a huge update on a previous post. When I did the post on the most popular names ever (since 1880), I only picked and chose the names included allowing it to be an incomplete list. Since then, I was able to calculate the totals for all names ever given and recorded by the SSA. I am honored to say that Nameberry has published the updated list on its Berry Juice page today... please check it out!

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

P Names: Then and Now

letter P
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It's been a while since I've done one of these posts. Not all letters have an interesting trend that's visible over the years, and a lot of them just have too many names to work with. Let's see what the letter P has to offer.

The Top 100 in 1880 included four P boy names: Patrick, Paul, Peter, and Philip. These reliable names stayed in the Top 100 for most, if not all, of the next 100 years. Patrick fell out in the 1900s but jumped back in during the 1930s, around the same time the alternate spelling of Phillip became the new thing and entered the top ranks. Oh, and we cannot forget Percy, who was also in the top for a couple of years in the 1890s. The late 1980s brought changes to the Top 100 as the big P4 (5 including Phillip) started to disappear. Philip was first to fall in 1989, followed by Phillip in 1992, Peter in 1997, Paul in 2001, and finally Patrick in 2005. From 2005 until 2009, there were no P boy names in the Top 100. What name broke the fast and still remains near the top? Parker.

That's it for the boys' story. The girls' story is a little more complicated.

The Top 100 in 1880 included only one P girl name: Pearl. Pauline joined in 1888, and those two remained alone until 1915 with Phyllis and 1921 with Patricia. Pearl retired in 1926 to be replaced by Peggy in 1927 and Patsy in 1930. Pauline slipped after 1938, and both Pamela and Paula rose in 1943. Patsy left after 1948, and Phyllis left 10 years later. Peggy fell after 1962, the year Penny started a brief four-year run. Paula faded after 1974, and Pamela dropped out for good after 1983. That left only Patricia, who fell after 1990, the year Paige ascended into the Top 100 and remained the only P girl name until Payton and Peyton broke through in 2008. Paige fell out after 2010, Payton left after 2011, Piper joined in 2012 and finally Paisley and Penelope made their debuts in 2013. So, if you are still with me, the current list of P girl names in the Top 100 are Paisley, Penelope, Peyton, and Piper.

There is not much more to say in terms of trends. The letter P has been more popular at the beginning of girl names than boy names, although the P boy names had more staying power. Out of the names currently in the Top 100, Penelope is the standout; it is the only one that isn't "modern" and yet it surprisingly reached the top ranks only recently. Surprising especially since Penny was ranked as high as #87 in 1963.

Do you see anything trend-worthy?
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Numbers are Cool

Ten percent
Image by John White via Flickr

Just a simple post to show how the #1 names have become less and less popular throughout the years...

YEAR #1 BOY PERCENTAGE #1 GIRL PERCENTAGE
1880 John 8.1546% Mary 7.2384%
1881 John 8.0981% Mary 6.9989%
1882 John 7.8316% Mary 7.0425%
1883 John 7.9071% Mary 6.6730%
1884 John 7.6478% Mary 6.6989%
1885 John 7.5517% Mary 6.4304%
1886 John 7.5821% Mary 6.4331%
1887 John 7.4190% Mary 6.3620%
1888 John 7.1187% Mary 6.2042%
1889 John 7.1808% Mary 6.1559%
1890 John 7.1027% Mary 5.9892%
1891 John 7.0293% Mary 5.9536%
1892 John 6.8760% Mary 5.8572%
1893 John 6.6498% Mary 5.6758%
1894 John 6.5957% Mary 5.5731%
1895 John 6.5703% Mary 5.4413%
1896 John 6.3055% Mary 5.4806%
1897 John 6.1914% Mary 5.4020%
1898 John 6.1766% Mary 5.2548%
1899 John 6.0678% Mary 5.3222%
1900 John 6.0618% Mary 5.2574%
1901 John 5.9680% Mary 5.1669%
1902 John 5.9571% Mary 5.1673%
1903 John 5.8835% Mary 5.1312%
1904 John 5.8537% Mary 5.1163%
1905 John 5.6261% Mary 5.1850%
1906 John 5.7360% Mary 5.2227%
1907 John 5.6643% Mary 5.2102%
1908 John 5.6151% Mary 5.2651%
1909 John 5.4229% Mary 5.2320%
1910 John 5.4915% Mary 5.4462%
1911 John 5.5704% Mary 5.5203%
1912 John 5.4462% Mary 5.5058%
1913 John 5.4688% Mary 5.5953%
1914 John 5.5531% Mary 5.6927%
1915 John 5.4008% Mary 5.6830%
1916 John 5.4205% Mary 5.6585%
1917 John 5.4052% Mary 5.7207%
1918 John 5.3929% Mary 5.6034%
1919 John 5.2721% Mary 5.6047%
1920 John 5.1699% Mary 5.7055%
1921 John 5.1173% Mary 5.7817%
1922 John 5.0888% Mary 5.7851%
1923 John 5.0754% Mary 5.7196%
1924 Robert 5.2006% Mary 5.6738%
1925 Robert 5.2897% Mary 5.5901%
1926 Robert 5.3353% Mary 5.5149%
1927 Robert 5.3082% Mary 5.7122%
1928 Robert 5.3175% Mary 5.5940%
1929 Robert 5.4012% Mary 5.4867%
1930 Robert 5.5016% Mary 5.4990%
1931 Robert 5.6590% Mary 5.4646%
1932 Robert 5.5158% Mary 5.4122%
1933 Robert 5.3145% Mary 5.3058%
1934 Robert 5.2593% Mary 5.2590%
1935 Robert 5.2856% Mary 5.0681%
1936 Robert 5.4963% Mary 5.0458%
1937 Robert 5.6539% Mary 5.0506%
1938 Robert 5.4806% Mary 4.9246%
1939 Robert 5.2635% Mary 4.8419%
1940 James 5.2667% Mary 4.7582%
1941 James 5.3185% Mary 4.6577%
1942 James 5.4808% Mary 4.5487%
1943 James 5.5183% Mary 4.6105%
1944 James 5.5402% Mary 4.5719%
1945 James 5.4288% Mary 4.4042%
1946 James 5.2990% Mary 4.1829%
1947 James 5.1009% Linda 5.4838%
1948 James 4.9702% Linda 5.5205%
1949 James 4.8213% Linda 5.1845%
1950 James 4.7384% Linda 4.5729%
1951 James 4.5656% Linda 4.0038%
1952 James 4.4113% Linda 3.5264%
1953 Robert 4.3065% Mary 3.3359%
1954 Michael 4.2795% Mary 3.4156%
1955 Michael 4.2272% Mary 3.1514%
1956 Michael 4.2254% Mary 2.9986%
1957 Michael 4.2380% Mary 2.9128%
1958 Michael 4.2036% Mary 2.7043%
1959 Michael 3.9369% Mary 2.6210%
1960 David 3.9670% Mary 2.4748%
1961 Michael 4.0319% Mary 2.2958%
1962 Michael 4.0451% Lisa 2.2737%
1963 Michael 4.0571% Lisa 2.8190%
1964 Michael 4.0774% Lisa 2.7733%
1965 Michael 4.2761% Lisa 3.2981%
1966 Michael 4.4009% Lisa 3.2421%
1967 Michael 4.6323% Lisa 3.0544%
1968 Michael 4.6179% Lisa 2.8975%
1969 Michael 4.6559% Lisa 2.5550%
1970 Michael 4.4766% Jennifer 2.5199%
1971 Michael 4.2678% Jennifer 3.2409%
1972 Michael 4.2647% Jennifer 3.9446%
1973 Michael 4.2039% Jennifer 4.0192%
1974 Michael 4.1443% Jennifer 4.0297%
1975 Michael 4.2181% Jennifer 3.7283%
1976 Michael 4.1012% Jennifer 3.7841%
1977 Michael 3.9549% Jennifer 3.5851%
1978 Michael 3.9299% Jennifer 3.4263%
1979 Michael 3.7808% Jennifer 3.2920%
1980 Michael 3.7032% Jennifer 3.2804%
1981 Michael 3.6928% Jennifer 3.1906%
1982 Michael 3.6151% Jennifer 3.1492%
1983 Michael 3.6506% Jennifer 3.0377%
1984 Michael 3.6108% Jennifer 2.8051%
1985 Michael 3.3742% Jessica 2.6200%
1986 Michael 3.3424% Jessica 2.8551%
1987 Michael 3.2651% Jessica 2.9886%
1988 Michael 3.2043% Jessica 2.6811%
1989 Michael 3.1210% Jessica 2.4045%
1990 Michael 3.0351% Jessica 2.2627%
1991 Michael 2.8687% Ashley 2.1393%
1992 Michael 2.5916% Ashley 1.9188%
1993 Michael 2.4003% Jessica 1.7750%
1994 Michael 2.1825% Jessica 1.6481%
1995 Michael 2.0596% Jessica 1.4546%
1996 Michael 1.9155% Emily 1.3124%
1997 Michael 1.8804% Emily 1.3484%
1998 Michael 1.8066% Emily 1.3512%
1999 Jacob 1.7346% Emily 1.3639%
2000 Jacob 1.6516% Emily 1.3015%
2001 Jacob 1.5736% Emily 1.2657%
2002 Jacob 1.4797% Emily 1.2394%
2003 Jacob 1.4104% Emily 1.2813%
2004 Jacob 1.3201% Emily 1.2415%
2005 Jacob 1.2148% Emily 1.1803%
2006 Jacob 1.1334% Emily 1.0244%
2007 Jacob 1.0962% Emily 0.9150%
2008 Jacob 1.0363% Emma 0.9040%
2009 Jacob 0.9981% Isabella 1.1021%
2010 Jacob 1.0770% Isabella 1.1698%
2011 Jacob 1.0024% Sophia 1.1293%
2012 Jacob 0.9404% Sophia 1.1531%
2013 Noah 0.9043% Sophia 1.1039%

While starting out as less so, the boy names used are becoming more and more diverse. Only nine out of every 1,000 boys was named Noah in 2013, which is why we were surprised to hear it is #1.

The popularity of Isabella and Sophia have made it not as various on the girls side, after Emma took over with a "low" percentage in 2008, but there is still a general movement away from top names.

Another way to make the point...

1 Noah 0.9043% Sophia 1.1039%
2 Liam 0.8999% Emma 1.0888%
3 Jacob 0.8986% Olivia 0.9562%
4 Mason 0.8793% Isabella 0.9161%
5 William 0.8246% Ava 0.7924%
6 Ethan 0.8062% Mia 0.6844%
7 Michael 0.7681% Emily 0.6832%
8 Alexander 0.7384% Abigail 0.6449%
9 Jayden 0.7326% Madison 0.5515%
10 Daniel 0.7068% Elizabeth 0.4895%
8.1588% 7.9109%

The total percentages of use of the Top 10 boys and girls in 2013 are almost the exact same percentages of use of 1880's #1s John and Mary alone.

Yay for numbers! And yay for variety!

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

THE Most Popular Names Ever (Since 1880)


Ever wonder which name has been given the most overall? Ummm... I did yesterday. ;) To satisfy my curiosity on the matter, I totaled the raw numbers of the top names since the data has been collected (1880). By top names, I include all the #1 names, the names that have always been in the Top 100, the names that have almost always been in the Top 100, and other names that I thought would have a big total (names that, at their height, were above 2% in usage). So, take note that these lists are not complete and there may be other names that fit in between. But what I have gathered is pretty interesting!

Symbols:
* Has been #1
+ Has been in Top 100 every year since 1880

GIRLS
Mary* 4112231
Elizabeth+ 1591239
Patricia 1570091
Jennifer* 1461125
Linda* 1450258
Barbara 1432454
Margaret 1237972
Susan 1120028
Dorothy 1105244
Sarah 1055682
Jessica* 1038686
Helen 1015038
Betty 998601
Lisa* 963508
Anna 867903
Ashley* 831067
Ruth 818934
Carol 815573
Emily* 795955
Amanda 780639
Deborah 738854
Shirley 684422
Amy 682371
Katherine 621623
Emma* 572797
Debra 560043
Sophia* 268598
Isabella* 257611

Mary at #1 is no surprise, but the amount of Marys in comparison to the rest of the names might be. Elizabeth is #2, even though she has never ranked #1. She is, however, the only girl name that has been in the Top 100 every year since 1880. But what about Patricia!? She never ranked higher than #3 in the SSA rankings and hasn't been consistently near the top the entire 134 years, but still comes in at #3. Jennifer at #4 is pretty astounding considering the name wasn't even used until 1916. Ashley also wasn't consistently given until the 1940s. And am I the only one shocked that Katherine is so low? She has been in the Top 100 since 1880 save only a few years, however is a constant without ever making it big.

BOYS
James*+ 5090707
John*+ 5073505
Robert*+ 4789390
Michael*+ 4293031
William+ 4038015
David*+ 3564806
Joseph+ 2557478
Richard 2552110
Charles+ 2356638
Thomas+ 2275664
Christopher 1984039
Daniel+ 1854313
Matthew 1539934
George 1451300
Donald 1408009
Anthony 1391262
Mark 1341435
Edward 1278445
Andrew+ 1244448
Brian 1155323
Ronald 1074791
Jason 1008848
Frank 906308
Jacob* 858101
Samuel+ 706532
Henry 638295
Harry 419412
Noah* 298307

I was shocked to see James ahead of John! They have both been at the top pretty consistently, but I guess John has fallen slightly harder than James. Quite frankly, this entire list is a bit astonishing. The boys have a lot of names that have been in the Top 100 every year since 1880, but you see Richard well ahead several of those names (Richard was firmly in the Top 100 until it fell out after 2007). Brian is relatively high considering it wasn't even given in the United States until 1900, and Samuel is another constant name that just never spiked.

All of this is also more proof that parents are choosing a more variety of names nowadays; #1 names are not as widely used currently as they were in the past. And if you compare the girls numbers with the boys numbers, it also shows that parents are much more willing go with a different name for their daughter than for their son.

What do you think? Anything particular surprise you?

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