Whether a child is named in honor of a grandparent, a fictional character, or just because a chosen moniker sounds pretty, that choice will likely remain with the person for the rest of their life. No matter how arbitrary, our given names resonate as significant components of our identities.
Names can also impact one's level of success and likelihood of getting a job. There have also been cases where judges have had to legally intervene and prevent attempted name changes on the grounds of abuse, confusion, or simply being too bizarre. Names have power.
Certain name trends have withstood the test of time. Stacker combed through Social Security Administration data, examining births from 1920 to 2019 (most recent data), and the corresponding names given to newborns. All names are from Social Security card applications for births within the U.S., and the top 50 for each gender are ranked according to their popularity within the total births over the past 100 years.
Keep reading to discover the most popular baby names in the last 100 years—and if yours made the cut.
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