Sunday, December 25, 2011

Baby Names Then and Now

During the past 100 years, Mary has been the single most popular name for girls, ranking number one 45 times between 1911 and 2010. Lately, however, Mary has fallen out of favor. The last time the name made it to the top of the popularity list was in 1961. Michael has been the single most popular name for boys over the past century, ranking as the number-one name 44 times. Michael last topped the list in 1998. Here are the five most popular names for girls and boys 100 years ago, 50 years ago, and today...

2010 1960 1911
Isabella Mary Mary
Sophia Susan Helen
Emma Linda Margaret
Olivia Karen Dorothy
Ava Donna Ruth
2010 1960 1911
Jacob David John
Ethan Michael William
Michael James James
Jayden John George

Source: Social Security Online, Popular Baby Names

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