Given my general lack of knowledge and interest in popular culture that appeals to people of child-bearing age, I’m generally unaware of what leads people to pick out names for babies these days. All I know is nobody names their kids “Bob” anymore and I’m not sure we’re better off because of it.
The Social Security Administration released the top names for Minnesota babies today. Here are the top 20.
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Some names stand the test of time better than others. My twin brother’s name is William. And there he is at #3. Robert is barely on the list at #86Jack is a great name and it fairly represents the old-timers. Henry does, too, although I’m not sure why. Nothing against Henry but when I think of Henry I think of this:
Girls’ names honor the past, and have in Minnesota for some time. Gone are Brittany and Jennifer, while Abigail, Olivia, and Emily remain the favorites. Ten years ago, Emily was the most popular name in the state.
That’s too bad for Emily, says Jennifer Griffin, author of the book, “Bring Back Beatrice.” Name a kid Emily, she says, and your kid will spend her childhood with a last initial.
“I am nobody’s only Jennifer,” Griffin told the Chicago Tribune. “I can never call somebody and say, ‘Hi, this is Jen,’ except for my husband.”
She should’ve been named Bob.