Have you ever wondered how popular your name really is? Do you have a unique name or are you just one in a billion? Just like fashion trends, most names come and go, but historically some last quite a long time. Over the past century, we’ve seen a drastic change in the popularity of names. Some names are number one for years, while others are not. For example, Mary was the most popular name for 40 years, and it is still used today, but in recent years, the most popular name has changed from year to year rather than lasting for decades. This is what we call “the name trend life span.”
“The ‘name trend life span’ is shrinking, as parents today put a higher premium on names with a fresh style,” explained Laura Wattenberg of BabyNameWizard.com.
In other words, parents are getting more creative when they’re naming their children. The world is getting increasingly competitive, so it is important to stand out and differentiate yourself from others, and parents are noticing. Moms and dads don’t want their precious baby to be 1 of the 10 Britneys on the playground or 1 of 5,000 Lindsays applying to college. And let’s face it, nobody named Mildred is going to grow up to be the most popular girl in school these days. Therefore, parents have to be unique. Were your parents trendsetters or did they follow what everyone else was naming their daughter the year you were born?
Since we’re so curious about the name trend life span, we’ve gathered a list of the most popular girl names over the past 100 + years. Want to know if your name made the cut? Click the slideshow to find out. And if your name isn’t on our list, maybe you can find where your’s measures up on the NameVoyager.