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How popular is your first name? by Ellerd on 8 September 2008 2:42pm
 
Sorry for another cut-paste job - but I want to share this site with you all:

http://www.nsw.gov.au/explorer.asp

It only covers the state of New South Wales, but I can't imagine it's much different in the US or UK.
 
Re: How popular is your first name? by canaveralgumby on 8 September 2008 5:55pm
 
It wouldn't let me enter "Cori" - it changed it to Corinne. Now I'll never know...
 
Re: How popular is your first name? by johnnythemonkey on 8 September 2008 6:26pm
 
You could'nt find another Vibhas ?
I think they're all in Londonistan.
 
Re: How popular is your first name? by ev on 8 September 2008 8:47pm
 
Why do they call it '100 years of Baby Names?', when most people keep their names for their whole life?
 
Re: How popular is your first name? by mrsthing on 9 September 2008 1:15am
 
There's a version of this for the US. You can probably Google it.
 
Re: How popular is your first name? by kazzzz on 9 September 2008 3:34am
 
Well apparently when I was born my name was very popular, it's right at the very top of that graph. I'm not surprised, every class I had was full of Karens and there were 5 of us when I started my first job. I am COMMON!! Haahaa!!!

As for my kids, Jess (Jessica) was the most popular name when she was born in the late 80's Kathryn was moderately popular in the early 90s and there are more and more Avas by the minute.
 
Re: How popular is your first name? by Spursfan on 9 September 2008 10:04am
 
Elizabeth (my first name) and Anne (my middle) were really popular in the 50s when I was born - at least in England. The reason? The coronation and also Princess Anne (NOT me!!!)who was born in 1950 or 1951 I suppose. There were 4 of us Annes in my form at high school which made it hard for the french teacher when we were given french versions of our names (I was Adele)! I was actually named accidentally after one of Mum and Dad's customer's babies, as the Doctor said 'It's a girl!' and Mum, who was a bit delirious after a difficult labour, said 'Oh Elizabeth Anne's arrived'. So the doctor rang my Dad to say 'Elizabeth Anne's here'. They decided to keep the names anyway.

When we had our daughter in 1972, we named her Genevieve Samantha. You hardly saw any Genevieves, apart from that old car in the film (no - she wasn't named after it!!) and a French actress, as well as the patron saint of Paris, I think.

But now there are Genevieves everywhere!!

[And before you ask, yes she loves her name. Mostly she gets called Gen, which is a bit annoying because it sounds like Jen!! At school people called her Geni (as did her first husband) which was even worse and used to drive me mad!]
 
Re: How popular is your first name? by suzulu on 9 September 2008 11:35am
 
According to the graph, my name (Susan) was very popular in New South Wales between the 1940s and 1980s. It is a common name, anyway.
 
Re: How popular is your first name? by geordiegirl on 10 September 2008 1:08am
 
I couldn't access your link,Ellerd, but this is an in teresting thread.

Linda (apparently) was fantastically popular around 1945-1954- it topped the popularity list for girls names the year I was born -, then it just disappeared. No-one really knows why, and it's possibly UK only for this, as we had a website member Linda, in Budapest, who's only in her 20s.
 
Re: How popular is your first name? by Ellerd on 10 September 2008 7:43am
 
Linda was the 18th most popular female name in NSW in the 1960s. By the 1990s, it was down to 212. By 2006, it had slipped to 455th.

Many of the most popular names used today were also popular a century ago - Thomas, Grace, Jack, William. Any theories?
 
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