What Names Do YOU Know that Are/Were Popular?

I'll start:











November 14, 2012 9:35 PM

I'm not sure I understand the question. I know hundreds of people that have popular names. Is that what you mean?

November 15, 2012 5:32 PM

Names that are currently popular/were popular in your city, town, etc.

What names do you know that are/were popular -- literally.

Let me explain:

On the spot, I can think of:

3 Hannahs I know, minimum -- the fact that I don't know all three very well doesn't matter

Too many Jacobs to count -- I've tried to count them, but it's impossible to do right now in my head

4 Olivias -- albeit I don't really know half of them, and I'm pretty sure there's more I just can't think of right now

At least 4 Jessicas -- some going by nicknames, or having variants of the name doesn't matter (variant, as in, using a diminuative as a first-name)

2 Joshua's -- I only know of two personally, but I've heard the name's rather popular now; keep in mind, both Josh's are in vastly different age groups

3 Noah's -- Two are the same age. One I only vaguely recall, but am certain his name is Noah. I have also heard that this name was rising on the popularity ranks...

All of the names above are those of people ranging from child to adult, and in between.

I consider all of the names above popular, because I know many people with those names, and/or I've heard they were recently popular.

It would be helpful to say how many people you know with the names you list, and their approximate ages (baby, toddler, child, teenager, adult, elder, etc.) You may be more descriptive in this if you wish (ex: Young adult, young child, young/mid/late teens.)

You may count celebrities, although I didn't, because I found it was simpler not to -- but it would be equally, if not more interesting and valid if you did.

November 18, 2012 9:20 PM

Do you know about the Social Security Baby name database?


The U.S. tracks the names given to new babies via their Social Security card applications and each year on Mother's Day they release the statistics for the previous  year. You can look up the exactly popularity of any name, and break down the stats by state or gender or decade....


It's a playground for us NEs and I encourage you to check it out.