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I'm a Zoe, so Chloe and Joey were only to be expected. But more often people think it's Sophie.
Oddly I JUST tweeted you about the name Beth. It's a conundrum that I just can't figure out. Beth is one of those names that just always seemed around. But then I realized, even though I see Beths on TV all the time, I've never actually met one. So I did some digging.
Beth peaked at 65 a couple times in the 60s with over 6000 babies. In 2011 there were only 48 girls named Beth, putting it in the same as names like the "a bit too out there" Karizma and the hopelessly dated Glenda.
I just can't figure it out. An easy answer would be this one, that people are choosing longer forms like Elizabeth and Bethany. But then I checked the popularity for other Elizabeth nicknames. I chose to exclude names that have become stand-alones like Eliza and Lisa. Betty, Libby and Betsy all have way higher numbers than Beth. Even Liz and Lizzie have an edge. The only nicknames doing worse are Bess and Bessie.
I also decided to look up other names that I consider exclusively nicknames. Some like Maggie and Kate are extremely popular. Others like Kathy and Nikki aren't popular, but still hold an edge over Beth.
And so I give up. I just can't figure it out. Even the character on Glee didn't give it any push. So I am defering to the expert. Any theories?