Popular Names Are Not Nearly as Popular as they Used to Be (Back in the 1880s or the 1950s)


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.



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