New #1 Baby Name in the U.S. + Bygone Baby Name Trends

Thu, 15/05/2014

Move over Jacob! Noah is now top dog among baby boy names. The Social Security Administration just came out with the new list of top baby boy and girl names in the U.S. for 2014 (based on 2013 births), and Jacob -- which was the #1 name for boys from 1999-2013 -- dropped down to second rank in popularity. Meanwhile, Sophia continued its hot streak, staying put in the top spot, where it's been since 2011.

It's interesting to look at today's baby name trends and top 100 lists, and compare them with baby name trends of a bygone era. In past centuries and decades, a smaller number of baby names -- such as Mary and John -- remained popular for a suuuuuuuuper long time. If you can believe it, Mary was the #1 baby name in the U.S. from at least 1880 (the first year for which there is data) until 1946, and again from 1953-1961! And John was #1 from 1880 (or earlier) until 1923. Mary is no longer in the top 100 girls' names, but John is #27 on today's list of top 100 boys' names. It seems that many people still like traditional/family names for boys, but use a little more creative freedom when choosing girl names. And there's a lot more frequent shuffling of the top baby names on today's lists.

What do you think of today's most popular baby names? Are you a fan of "unique" names and rapidly changing baby name trends, or do you miss the days of fewer name choices and the tendency toward tradition?

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