Saturday, May 14, 2011

Your First Name Implies Your Age

What’s in a name? Your age, for one thing. Names, like clothing and music, go in and out of fashion, and each generation chooses different ones than the last, until, like a giant Jeopardy Wheel of Fortune wheel, the same ones come around again. Note that as the years progress the list becomes more multi-cultural; many names from the mid-20th century were of English origin or Biblical. Popular entertainers and cultural figures (such as Prince William) also impact the list.

Take a look at the top 10 names for women and men for the last seven decades (from Social Security lists) and compare them to your peers’ names. I bet you’ll find a lot of matches.

Children born in 2010
Females:

  1. Isabella

  2. Sophia

  3. Emma

  4. Olivia

  5. Ava

  6. Emily

  7. Abigail

  8. Madison

  9. Chloe

  10. Mia
Males

  1. Jacob

  2. Ethan

  3. Michael

  4. Jayden

  5. William

  6. Alexander

  7. Noah

  8. Daniel

  9. Aiden

  10. Anthony
Children born in 2000
Females:

  1. Emily

  2. Hannah

  3. Madison

  4. Ashley

  5. Sarah

  6. Alexis

  7. Samantha

  8. Jessica

  9. Elizabeth

  10. Taylor
Males:

  1. Jacob

  2. Michael

  3. Matthew

  4. Joshua

  5. Christopher

  6. Nicholas

  7. Andrew

  8. Joseph

  9. Daniel

  10. Tyler
Children born in 1990
Females:

  1. Jessica

  2. Ashley

  3. Brittany

  4. Amanda

  5. Samantha

  6. Sarah

  7. Stephanie

  8. Jennifer

  9. Elizabeth

  10. Lauren
Males:

  1. Michael

  2. Christopher

  3. Matthew

  4. Joshua

  5. Daniel

  6. David

  7. Andrew

  8. James

  9. Justin

  10. Joseph
Children born in 1980
Females:

  1. Jennifer

  2. Amanda

  3. Jessica

  4. Melissa

  5. Sarah

  6. Heather

  7. Nicole

  8. Amy

  9. Elizabeth

  10. Michelle
Males:

  1. Michael

  2. Christopher

  3. Jason

  4. David

  5. James

  6. Matthew

  7. Joshua

  8. John

  9. Robert

  10. Joseph
Children born in 1970
Females:

  1. Jennifer

  2. Lisa

  3. Kimberly

  4. Michelle

  5. Amy

  6. Angela

  7. Melissa

  8. Tammy

  9. Mary

  10. Tracy
Males:

  1. Michael

  2. James

  3. David

  4. John

  5. Robert

  6. Christopher

  7. William

  8. Brian

  9. Mark

  10. Richard
Children born in 1960
Females:

  1. Mary

  2. Susan

  3. Linda

  4. Karen

  5. Donna

  6. Lisa

  7. Patricia

  8. Debra

  9. Cynthia

  10. Deborah
Males:

  1. David

  2. Michael

  3. James

  4. John

  5. Robert

  6. Mark

  7. William

  8. Richard

  9. Thomas

  10. Steven
Children born in 1950
Females:

  1. Linda

  2. Mary

  3. Patricia

  4. Barbara

  5. Susan

  6. Nancy

  7. Deborah

  8. Sandra

  9. Carol

  10. Kathleen
Males:

  1. James

  2. Robert

  3. John

  4. Michael

  5. David

  6. William

  7. Richard

  8. Thomas

  9. Charles

  10. Gary
Source.

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