Some revealing graphs of 2011 baby names
Then and Now:
Ja- is the most popular opening for today's boys' names, by a wide margin. Ja- favorites include the #1 name Jacob, plus multiple popular spellings of Jayden and Jackson. Put them all together...then compare to what a name like James used to be.
Image and Reality:
Together, the top-5 names Isabella, Sophia and Olivia represent our image of the elegant, ladylike names of the Victorian era. But bubbly little cuties like Minnie, Nellie and Bessie were really the order of the day.
An X, at the start, end, or anywhere in-between, is enough to propel almost any boy's name today.
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