The Most Popular Girls' Names, State by State, from 1960 to the Present

It’s like those animated maps showing the rise and fall of empires. A swarm of Jennifers consume the country, only for their star to fall and that of Jessica to rise. Jessicas rule the land until the forces of Emily rise up and overthrow them. Look upon my works, ye mighty, and become Sophia.

With data from the Social Security Administration, Reuben Fischer-Baum of Jezebel created maps showing, state by state and year by year, the most popular baby names for girls from 1960 to last year. So far, none have been bizarre, invented spellings, for which I and the English language thank you.

-via Daily of the Day


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Hah! They do look like invasions of Lisas and Jennifers with insurgency by Amanda which was quickly quelled, only to be replaced by Ashleys and Jessicas, and so on.
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This doesn't go back far enough to explain how I was named, but I can bet my first and middle names were the number one and number two choices for the year, followed by "Peggy Sue."
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