23 July 2010

Baby Names

The Social Security Administration posts lists of the most popular baby names every year. In 2009, these were the most popular names:

Boys:
1. Jacob
2. Ethan
3. Michael
4. Alexander
5. William
6. Joshua
7. Daniel
8. Jayden
9. Noah
10. Anthony

Girls:
1. Isabella
2. Emma
3. Olivia
4. Sophia
5. Ava
6. Emily
7. Madison
8. Abigail
9. Chloe
10. Mia

What's even cooler is that you can also access the most popular names from any year dating back to 1879. For example, let's try 100 years ago. The most popular baby names in 1910:

Boys:
1. John
2. James
3. William
4. Robert
5. George
6. Joseph
7. Charles
8. Frank
9. Edward
10. Henry

Girls:
1. Mary
2. Helen
3. Margaret
4. Dorothy
5. Ruth
6. Anna
7. Elizabeth
8. Mildred
9. Marie
10. Alice

Times change. Although I'd say boys' names today are still pretty traditional, whereas names for girls have become more creative and well, pretty, as opposed to Biblical.

The name we've chosen for our daughter is not very common, although it has been gaining in popularity over the past five years. It was in the 800s in 2005, the 600s in 2006, 300s in 2007 and 200s in 2008. In 2009 it was between #150 and #160 on the most popular list. Hazard a guess? :-)

3 comments:

  1. Thats so fun. I like more odd names, whereas Josh likes really popular names. We have always discussed how choosing a name one day will be an interesting process haha.

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  2. Annnd, I should say this is Linda U., so I seem less creepy. =0)

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