One of the blogs I read linked to the recently posted list of the most popular names for 2007. It will come as no surprise to most of you that I care about names. I have a mom that cares deeply about names, so I come by it naturally.
After looking at the the list for a bit, I remembered that Sherry had recently showed me the Social Security site where you can look up the popularity of a name and other stats about names (most popular names by state, decade, etc). So, I proceeded to spend much time last night looking up lots of names.
I have two brothers and two sisters and none of our five names have ever been (in the last 100 years, at least) in the top 1000 (the only partial exception is my sister Landen, whose name has been in the top 1000 in recent years for boys, but never girls). I like unusual names – I was pleased to see that the name we like the best for a future child has also never been in the top 1000 (Bart hasn’t been either, if you were wondering).
Anyway, the site just fascinates me. I love seeing if someone with a popular name had that name before it got popular, after it started losing popularity, or was named it in the heyday of that name.
Does your name show up on the list? Are you too old, too young, or just right for your name?