When I first spotted this article, I had high hopes.
Most Popular Baby Names Change Dramatically
The top 10 baby names from 1950 look nothing like today. Here’s the list from 1950, according to the U.S. Social Security Administration:
Most popular boy/girl baby names in 1950:
1. James / Linda
2. Robert / Mary
3. John / Patricia
4. Michael / Barbara
5. David / Susan
6. William / Nancy
7. Richard / Deborah
8. Thomas / Sandra
9. Charles / Carol
10. Gary / Kathleen
I was a child of the fifties and my parents went with #4, and no, Barbara isn’t my middle name. (In 1953, when I was born, Michael was the most popular name for boys at a rate of 37.2 per thousand.)
And while I like the name Michael just fine, I never really liked being a Michael. Because being a Michael usually meant I was one of many in any given situation that included more than three males. I’ve spent probably a third of my life responding to calls of “Mike” from people that don’t even want to talk to me.
So, seeing a headline that baby names have changed dramatically gave me hope that, if I can live another 50 or 60 years, I might be the only Mike within earshot once in a while. But no…
Here’s the list from last year:
1. Jacob / Emily
2. Michael / Isabella
3. Ethan / Emma
4. Joshua / Ava
5. Daniel / Madison
6. Christopher / Sophia
7. Anthony / Olivia
8. William / Abigail
9. Matthew / Hannah
10. Andrew / Elizabeth
Great! Not only is Michael still on the list, it’s even more popular. It looks like me and a couple billion other Michaels will continue spending much of our lives listening to the expression, “I wasn’t talking to you.” I guess I should just be glad my last name isn’t Smith.
By the way, my son never had, or will have, the same such problem.