Popular Baby Names Through the Years

Every Parent seeks to find the perfect name for their newborn child. Usually, they want the name to be distinctive and one that is based in family history. Some choose a name on how the initials line up or to avoid the dreaded nicknames when the child is in school. Others simply choose whimsical names. No matter how unique we try to be, however, it inevitably results in a classroom full of children named Jennifer, Michael, Madison or Jacob.

What parents CAN count on is change. Here are the top three names that were chosen for both boys and girls, by decade, over the past 100 years.

1920-1929

Boys:
Robert, John, and James

Girls:
Mary, Dorothy, and Helen

1930-1939

Boys:
Robert, James, and John

Girls:
Mary, Barbara, and Betty
1940-1949

Boys:
James, Robert, and John

Girls:
Mary, Linda, and Barbara

1950-1959

Boys:
James, Michael, and Robert

Girls:
Mary, Linda, and Patricia

1960-1969

Boys:
Michael, David, and John

Girls:
Lisa, Mary, and Susan

1970-1979

Boys:
Michael, Christopher, and Jason

Girls:
Jennifer, Amy, and Melissa

1980-1989

Boys:
Michael, Christopher, and Mathew

Girls:
Jessica, Jennifer, and Amanda

1990-1999

Boys:
Michael, Christopher, and Mathew

Girls:
Jessica, Ashley, and Emily

2000-2009

Boys:
Jacob, Michael, and Joshua

Girls:
Emily, Madison, and Emma

2010-2019

Boys:
Noah, Liam, and Jacob

Girls:
Emma, Sophia, and Olivia

A quick glance at the lists and one can see how boys names have remained more consistent through the decades than that of girls. Michael, for example, has been one of the top three names in seven of the ten decades listed. James, John, and Robert appeared four times each. For girls, the most consistently popular name was Mary, making the list in half of the ten decades listed.

Names also vary by region. According to the Social Security Administration, Ava was the most popular girl’s name in 2018 in the Southeast states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, and Arkansas. That same year, Emma was the most popular choice in many of the Northeast States.

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