Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Most Popular Baby Names Back to 1880 from SSA

Who knew? The Social Security Administration keeps track of the most popular baby names for every year back to 1880, see some examples above.

HT: Josh Barro 

Update: Here's a website that allows you to track the popularity of baby names over time, here's the graph for Tiffany, which peaked in about 1980 (see below).


69 Comments:

At 5/02/2012 8:07 AM, Blogger Methinks said...

I'm delighted to learn that I'm taxed in order to pay some barely literate petty bureaucrat to maintain a database of such national importance.

 
At 5/02/2012 8:13 AM, Blogger Larry G said...

worse than that. that info is valuable to those companies trying to figure out what names are the most popular for fobs and the like and they get it for "free".

SS should be selling that info like the census folks sell some of their stuff!

 
At 5/02/2012 8:42 AM, Blogger Jon Murphy said...

worse than that.

*Imitating Dr. McCoy* It's worse than that! He's dead, Jim!

Sorry I couldn't help it.

I'm delighted to learn that I'm taxed in order to pay some barely literate petty bureaucrat to maintain a database of such national importance.

To play Devil's Advocate, Methinks, could it be just something as simple as running a "count" formula in the database to see what the Top 10 names are? I imagine the whole processes is computerized and I am wondering if there is really any extra work being done here on behalf of the barely literate bureaucrat.

 
At 5/02/2012 8:50 AM, Blogger Moe said...

What the hell are the Duggars supposed to do without it?

 
At 5/02/2012 8:56 AM, Blogger Methinks said...

Of course you're right, Jon Murphy. Computers were popular in the 19th century and they're also free -as is the barely literate bureaucrat and member of the public union.

I don't care how small the waste, JM. It's still waste and it adds up besides.

 
At 5/02/2012 9:04 AM, Blogger Jon Murphy said...

Computers were popular in the 19th century and they're also free -as is the barely literate bureaucrat and member of the public union.

Well, I mean they already had the database for whatever reason, and just did a mock-up of names as something fun for people to look at.

I don't care how small the waste, JM. It's still waste and it adds up besides.

Fair enough. I was just proposing an alternate thought.

 
At 5/02/2012 9:13 AM, Blogger Methinks said...

Here's a better alternate thought - get rid of the SSA.

 
At 5/02/2012 9:18 AM, Blogger Jon Murphy said...

Here's a better alternate thought - get rid of the SSA.

No objections.

 
At 5/02/2012 9:24 AM, Blogger AIG said...

Methinks, there are perhaps more important things to think about, then cutting funding to the baby-name popularity Bureau. Leave such important battles to Ron Paul.

PS: Someone please slap me if I ever name my kid Jayden or Madison.

 
At 5/02/2012 9:29 AM, Blogger Jon Murphy said...

PS: Someone please slap me if I ever name my kid Jayden or Madison.

What's wrong with Madison? It's such a beautiful name. If I have a daughter, I'll name her Madison. Madison Murphy, or Double-M for short.

 
At 5/02/2012 9:42 AM, Blogger Methinks said...

I find a few of the names yucky, AIG. I'm going to refrain from mentioning which so as to avoid possibly and needlessly offending people who might have saddled their offspring with some of them. It's a matter of taste and I'm generally pretty tolerant of people's personal preferences even if they don't jive with mine.

I don't really have an obsession with Ron Paul, but I do think it is a sad day when people take it as normal for government to force us to pay for this frivolity.

As I said, the whole SSA should go. The name keeping another in a long string of annoying government waste and could very well be maintained and paid for by people who care about this kind of stuff.

Alas, it won't happen. There is no stopping government and there is no stopping people getting used to eventually not being able to wipe their own ass without a helping hand from Big Brother. One only hopes one can escape when one can no longer bear it (the United States is making that harder, btw).

 
At 5/02/2012 9:47 AM, Blogger AIG said...

What's wrong with Madison? It's such a beautiful name. If I have a daughter, I'll name her Madison. Madison Murphy, or Double-M for short.

It's a stripper name. 38% of strippers are named Madison. The other 62% are named M&M. Just as if you name your daughter Chloe..you pretty much condemn her to being a hipster living in Williamsburg making a living by growing roof-top cage-free mushrooms. 72% of hipster girls are named Chloe.

I'm just saying, statistically speaking :p

 
At 5/02/2012 9:53 AM, Blogger Benjamin said...

What's wrong with being a stripper?

And is Jayden really a name?

 
At 5/02/2012 9:56 AM, Blogger Larry G said...

" What's wrong with being a stripper?"

apparently if they work for SS during the day as as barely literate petty bureaucrat but as a stripper in the evenings.. it's bad....

 
At 5/02/2012 9:57 AM, Blogger AIG said...

Alas, it won't happen

It can happen. But it can only happen if you hit the right buttons...not go in hitting every button one sees. The SSA and this baby-name business etc are symptoms of something else, they are not problems in themselves. We have to address the underlying cause of the symptoms, and that will take decades, because it took decades to get here first of all.

By that time, the most popular baby name for boys will be Ramen, and for girls it will be Zoey...and I would have thrown up so many times at the sound of these names.

 
At 5/02/2012 10:00 AM, Blogger Methinks said...

That's not enough to turn me off those names, AIG. I have far more respect for hardworking, honest strippers and prostitutes than I have for anything crawling around Washington D.C. currently being addressed as "the honourable...so and so".

As it happens, one of my best friends named his daughter Chloe. He's French and it's a completely normal name. I assure you, she will not be a hipster.

 
At 5/02/2012 10:01 AM, Blogger Buddy R Pacifico said...

I wanted to get some value from SSA in case it is gone before I could get benefits, so:

I did a search for 2010 most popular names for female twins. Some of the results were beautiful sentiments, and one geographical.

#4 - Faith, Hope
#18 - Heaven, Nevaeh
#21 - London, Paris
#34 - Faith, Grace
#49 - Serentity, Trinity

 
At 5/02/2012 10:03 AM, Blogger AIG said...

And is Jayden really a name?

I always thought it was a name Disney or Nickelodeon made up to name boys with Justin Beaver hair-cuts in their pre-teen shows. Guess I was wrong.

 
At 5/02/2012 10:04 AM, Blogger Methinks said...

Justin Beaver?

 
At 5/02/2012 10:06 AM, Blogger AIG said...

#21 - London, Paris
Someone voluntarily names their daughter, Paris?

As it happens, one of my best friends named his daughter Chloe. He's French
If you're French, it is normal. If you're from Minnesota, you should never name your daughter Chloe. if you're from Minnestoa, the chances of having a hipster kid are already above average.

 
At 5/02/2012 10:06 AM, Blogger Larry G said...

re: what crawls around Washington

is by far more DOD critters...than SSA and every other dept put together.

 
At 5/02/2012 10:06 AM, Blogger juandos said...

Hmmm, here I thought the names might be Monique & Unique but nooooo...

 
At 5/02/2012 10:07 AM, Blogger AIG said...

Justin Beaver?
I refuse to learn how to spell his last name. Beaver just sounds more appropriate.

 
At 5/02/2012 10:13 AM, Blogger Methinks said...

Juandos, try "urine" - pronounced "you-reen".

or "shithead" pronounced "shu-teeed"

Then there was the kid in one of my friend's classes called "orangejello" pronounced "o-RAN-jello". I thought she was kidding. How wrong I was.

None of those hold a candle the name a judge forced the parents to change. They named their daughter "Tallulah Does The Hula in Hawaii".

Madison and Jaydon are positively normal by comparison, as is Chloe from Minnesota.

 
At 5/02/2012 10:18 AM, Blogger Jon Murphy said...

Or Jizel, pronounced "Jiz el"

How about "Harvest Moon?"

"Ocean Breeze?"

I went to high school with a brother and sister named the last two.

The first name came from my doctor's waiting room.

 
At 5/02/2012 10:21 AM, Blogger Methinks said...

What, JM? Those names are perfectly normal for kids born in a hippie commune. You did say you went to high school in Berkley, yes?

 
At 5/02/2012 10:21 AM, Blogger Methinks said...

or was it Vermont?

 
At 5/02/2012 10:24 AM, Blogger Jon Murphy said...

What, JM? Those names are perfectly normal for kids born in a hippie commune. You did say you went to high school in Berkley, yes?

Massachusetts. A fairly conservative town in Mass (the only one in Barney Frank's District to not vote for him).

The Harvest and Ocean ones come from Massachusetts. Those two (and their parents) are the biggest hippies you will ever meet. No joke. I mean the whole "You're wasting your time studying math and science. All a child really needs is music!" kind of hippie.

Jizel was as I was waiting in my doctor's waiting room here in New Hampshire.

 
At 5/02/2012 10:51 AM, Blogger AIG said...

the only one in Barney Frank's District to not vote for him.

Attleboro?

 
At 5/02/2012 10:53 AM, Blogger juandos said...

"try "urine" - pronounced "you-reen""...

Yeah methinks that one I had heard before but not that second one...

Talk about hating your kids!!!

Back in the seventies when I was working as a chemist in downtown Chicago there was a truly fine lady working the lab across the hall from me who's mom (pure ghetto) had named here "Vagina"...

I thought she was kidding until she showed me both her Illinois driver's license and her diploma from North Western...

Can you imagine?!?!

Oh yeah, one other methinks regarding your: "I'm delighted to learn that I'm taxed in order to pay some barely literate petty bureaucrat to maintain a database of such national importance"...

Have you ever cruised the Federal Register May 1, 2012 on any single government work day?

Talk about bureaucratic parasites running wild!!

 
At 5/02/2012 10:59 AM, Blogger Methinks said...

No, Juandos, I haven't. I've decided to refrain from needlessly raising my blood pressure since I will likely not be able to replace the &%@# kidney it will destroy!

And this Vagina woman did not change her name?

JM,

My generation of hippies is obviously slipping in parenting. The hippie generation before mine taught their kids vegan pie baking, acid dropping and protest skills as well as drum circle.

 
At 5/02/2012 11:03 AM, Blogger Jon Murphy said...

Attleboro?

Close. Attleboro is a fairly new entry into the district, I believe. I thought we were the only one, but I may be wrong.

Anyway, if you ever want to see a picture of Gerrymandering, look at the Massachusetts 4th Congressional District.

 
At 5/02/2012 11:47 AM, Blogger Benjamin said...

The guy couple down the street named their son named Titanus Booty.

 
At 5/02/2012 11:51 AM, Blogger Larry G said...

we have a popular TV talking head named Crystal Ball!

 
At 5/02/2012 11:52 AM, Blogger Larry G said...

oops.. Krystal Ball

 
At 5/02/2012 12:19 PM, Blogger Moe said...

Krystal Ball?

She's throws one mean Christmas party!

 
At 5/02/2012 12:26 PM, Blogger Larry G said...

Indeed!

 
At 5/02/2012 1:46 PM, Blogger juandos said...

"And this Vagina woman did not change her name?"...

Well methinks Vagina always said she would after her then sickly mother passed on but I changed what sort of chemistry I was doing so I don't know what happened...

 
At 5/02/2012 1:49 PM, Blogger Methinks said...

You're kidding. She felt compelled to live with that name? What a disaster.

 
At 5/02/2012 2:42 PM, Blogger Pulverized Concepts said...

There are Class A minor league baseball teams and college hockey teams with three or more "Justins" on their rosters.

 
At 5/02/2012 3:09 PM, Blogger B said...

I wonder how many of you are being paid right now to cry about shitty names and abolishing government, and about how Methinks doesn't understand how computer databases work, yet is still angry about them.

Just trying to keep the topic on useless, parasitical things.

 
At 5/02/2012 3:14 PM, Blogger Methinks said...

I dunno, B. I eat what I kill, so I'm not paid by anyone. Who paid you while you read through the comments and posted your nuggets of wizdumb?

I was under the impression that databases required resources to maintain. Is there some magical development that I'm unaware of that invalidates my assumption?

 
At 5/02/2012 3:37 PM, Blogger Jon Murphy said...

I wonder how many of you are being paid right now to cry about shitty names and abolishing government, and about how Methinks doesn't understand how computer databases work, yet is still angry about them.

Ron Paul pays me a dollar per comment.

The Koch brothers pay me an additional $0.50 per comment, plus $0.01 per word. That's why so many of my comments are long and I do full quotes.

I also get the pleasure of making the Dark Lord Satan happy, as we all know he is the one who developed a system that, not only limits the amount of damage greed can do, but has helped literally billions of people world wide escape absolute poverty.

 
At 5/02/2012 3:44 PM, Blogger juandos said...

"I also get the pleasure of making the Dark Lord Satan happy, as we all know he is the one who developed a system that, not only limits the amount of damage greed can do, but has helped literally billions of people world wide escape absolute poverty"...

murph! murph!

Damn! Soda all over the keyboard out through my nose...:-)

Good one though!

 
At 5/02/2012 3:46 PM, Blogger B said...

I pay me, Methinks. Thanks for asking. Your killing what you eat comment makes no sense other than to tell me how tuff-n-cool you are, and let me tell you - mission accomplished. Awesome pun, by the way. Wizdumb. Just amazing.

Your comment about the database was intentionally obtuse. You've gone from turning a post about baby names into anti-government tantrum, and now you're implying that this SSA database is kept solely so that we can observe the genesis of the name Tiffany.

That's twisting. I know you learned it from watching politicians, but you shouldn't emulate them.

 
At 5/02/2012 3:47 PM, Blogger B said...

"Ron Paul pays me a dollar per comment."

Don't write my jokes FOR me for god's sake, let me get to them in my own time.

 
At 5/02/2012 3:52 PM, Blogger Methinks said...

I'm not surprised that you don't know what "eating what you kill" means, B. The intellectually challenged usually don't understand even simple things.

Congratulations turning a post about SSA maintained baby names into a rant about what others are posting. Your genius insights have really improved the comment section.

 
At 5/02/2012 3:54 PM, Blogger Larry G said...

now there you go again Methinks.

tsk tsk

 
At 5/02/2012 3:54 PM, Blogger Jon Murphy said...

Good one though!

No no...don't encourage me. :)

 
At 5/02/2012 3:56 PM, Blogger Methinks said...

Oh, yes, we encourage you, Jon!

 
At 5/02/2012 3:59 PM, Blogger Jon Murphy said...

Don't write my jokes FOR me for god's sake, let me get to them in my own time.

Who's joking? I ask him to pay me in them Sacajawea gold dollar coins so my pants jingle when I walk past poor people.

 
At 5/02/2012 4:01 PM, Blogger Jon Murphy said...

But before we get too off topic, I do want to point out something:

For a while, this thread turned into a kumbya moment. Everyone of all stripes banded together to discuss silly children's names.

I do believe, my friends, we may have just found the solution to the world's problems.

 
At 5/02/2012 4:07 PM, Blogger Larry G said...

probably not as long as " I'm taxed in order to pay some barely literate petty bureaucrat to maintain a database"

:-)

as long as that is true...there will be hell to pay...

 
At 5/02/2012 4:07 PM, Blogger B said...

Your self-defensive need to protect your ideas about your intellect is showing. Bureaucrats are barely literate because...you don't like the SSA? And you are fuuuuuckin proud of your hunting/fox news idiom. More twisting. It's the only way you jagweeds can keep this shit up.

Well, I do find the thread to be improved.

 
At 5/02/2012 4:17 PM, Blogger Methinks said...

"B" is a clear example of the negative consequences of naming your child "Shithead".

Apparently, the barely literate government bureaucrat has jumped on the thread to defend her name!

 
At 5/02/2012 4:54 PM, Blogger AIG said...

B...not sure what your problem is. I for one most certainly am being paid to post this stuff...but that's cause I work at a Union company and my right to do jack at work all day and still get raises, is well protected. Go SPEEA!

Everyone of all stripes banded together to discuss silly children's names.
I do believe, my friends, we may have just found the solution to the world's problems.


I don't know. It's not a party till VangeIV shows up. Methinks may not realize this, but the name "shu-teeed" may very well be Arabic, probably Egyptian. And we all know what they say about Egypt.

 
At 5/02/2012 5:03 PM, Blogger Methinks said...

I don't know what they say about Egypt, AIG, and "Shithead" is definitely Ghetto, not Arabic, but you and JM are on a roll today.

 
At 5/02/2012 5:14 PM, Blogger AIG said...

is definitely Ghetto

That's racist. But that's to be expected with all your Fox News watching and all...

 
At 5/02/2012 5:16 PM, Blogger Methinks said...

I'm white and I lived in a ghetto when we first came to the United States. Did MessNBC make you think only dem black folkses wuz coralled in dem ghettos?

 
At 5/02/2012 5:30 PM, Blogger AIG said...

I'm white and I lived in a ghetto when we first came to the United States

Brighton Beach isn't the Ghetto Methinks ;)

 
At 5/02/2012 6:01 PM, Blogger Glenn Jericho said...

Who the hell names their kid "Aiden"?

 
At 5/02/2012 6:05 PM, Blogger Jon Murphy said...

Who the hell names their kid "Aiden"?

My godson is Aiden.

 
At 5/02/2012 6:06 PM, Blogger Larry G said...

in terms of what you'd name your offspring....

"Rip Torn" had a father also named Rip Torn.

It's a family tradition!

 
At 5/02/2012 6:17 PM, Blogger Methinks said...

Gross, AIG!!! I've only been to Brighton Beach twice in my life and I hated it both times. If you've ever been there, it kind of is a ghetto of people from like two streets in Odessa.

I lived in the South Bronx. In the 70's.

In the 80's, my Meemaw and aunt's family came to America and lived for years in the ghetto on Delancey Street - the one right as you ascend the Williamsburg Bridge ramp out of Manhattan.

 
At 5/02/2012 6:33 PM, Blogger AIG said...

Who the hell names their kid "Aiden"?

http://youtu.be/cQXPQbILatE

 
At 5/02/2012 6:34 PM, Blogger Methinks said...

Whatever happened to solid names like Hermione and Imogen?

 
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