Maximiliano: The Social Security Adminstration Cranks It Up To 11
In the fastest-rising names post earlier today, I named Maximiliano the #1 fastest-rising boy's name. But it seemed weird. It turns out it was weird. Check this out. According to the official Baby Name Wizard Hotness Formula, the fastest rising boy's name in America was Maximiliano...and the fastest falling boy's name was Maximilian! Unlikely, eh?
Clearly, something is afoot. The name Maximiliano never cracked the top 1000 list until this year. This year, it checks in at #460. And miraculously, it now also appears on every top 1000 chart for the past decade! Meanwhile the popular favorite Maximilian has been downgraded for that same time period.
See the pattern? Yep, it seems that until now, the SSA didn't look past the first 10 letters of the name.
For a long time Christopher was the only name that ran afoul of that rule. Indeed, when I first started crunching SSA data, some years showed incredible spikes for the name "Christophe." They fixed up Chris, but somewhere in the data-processing funnel, the fundamental problem remained. So to all of the Maximilianos out there: welcome to the fashion mainstream, where you belong.