Wednesday, July 09, 2008


I met a baby recently and so I now have babies on the mind. Babies rule! And thinking up names for your future babies is a valid and not obsessive past time. I spend most of my day doing it! Which is why I was delighted to find an article on yahoo news (my only news source!) comparing the most popular names from 1950 to last year:

Most popular boy/girl baby names in 1950:

1. James / Linda
2. Robert / Mary
3. John / Patricia
4. Michael / Barbara
5. David / Susan
6. William / Nancy
7. Richard / Deborah
8. Thomas / Sandra
9. Charles / Carol
10. Gary / Kathleen

Here's the list from last year:

1. Jacob / Emily
2. Michael / Isabella
3. Ethan / Emma
4. Joshua / Ava
5. Daniel / Madison
6. Christopher / Sophia
7. Anthony / Olivia
8. William / Abigail
9. Matthew / Hannah
10. Andrew / Elizabeth

I am simply having a IMPOSSIBLE time accepting that Isabella is the second most popular name for girl babies!! How disappointing for all those parents who think they are giving their girl a special exotic name (no Mary's here!) and BAM every other kid at Baby Loves Disco has the same handle.

Also, MADISON??? Really? I mean thats a cute name but the 5th most popular!!!??? Its like the alternative name for super-meek people. Too afraid to go all the way to Apple or Fuchsia, but ahhh Madison, how alternative it is. Sure, as alternative as DAVE MATTHEWS BAND.

I feel bad for boys. It seems like no matter how much time has passed their names never get any better. And even though it's my Dad's name I really wish people would let "Michael" rest for a while.

And lets bring back Gary!! Can you imagine a baby called Gary??

Speaking as a person who can google her first name and find herself, it depresses me to think about 1,000,000 Madison's out there wanting to be all special and just being like Susan 2.0.

Lets all give our babies awesome original names for the future. See this blog for some ideas!


Shatraw said...




Anonymous said...

Nice post! If you like baby names, you should go here. It shows you the popularity of any name you like over the last hundred years. There is no end to the amount of time you can waste.

djw_bklyn said...

I don't mean to blow your mind or anything, but there is only one worthwhile list of baby names on the internet:

natalie said...

Hilarious...Becca and I had a big discussion about this on IM and the next day this article appears. Another reason you should be included on EVERY IM convo we EVER have.

cohencide said...

Yes I can imagine a baby named Gary. As did my mom. Although originally she wanted to name me Philip. I'm Glad she didn't. Not a big fan of people named Philip.