The ten most popular boys’ names in 2010 accounted for only 10% of all boys’ names;. But back in the 1880s, the top-ten boys’ names accounted for 40% of all boys’ names—according to an article in LiveScience magazine, written by Stephanie Pappas. Here’s another statistical insight from the same article: Until the 1950s, half of the baby girls had names that were among the top-fifty in popularity. Now only twenty-five percent of baby girls have top-fifty names.
The article goes on to discuss some of the most popular boys’ and girls’ names in recent years. I found it quite interesting.