Thanks to software engineer and data cruncher Mike Barry, we can now see the development of trendy baby names in the U.S. since 1910.
Barry compiled the data using Social Security Administration records to learn what the most popular baby names in America were from 1910 to 2015. Here is what was hip for girls 100 years ago, in 1918.
As you can see, Mary dominated the field back then – and it actually kept dominating until the 1950s. Then in the mid-1950s, Susan, Deborah and Debra all came on strong.
Jennifer became a hit in the 1970s, and Taylor, Madison, Emily and Hannah were popular during the 1990s. These days, Emma, Sophia, and Olivia are all the rage.
For boys 100 years ago, James and John were the dominant names (as well as Jose in New Mexico).
Michael and Robert gained popularity by the middle of the century, and by the 1970s Michael was head and shoulders above other names (my own brother Michael was born in 1979).
Matthew, Jason, and Christopher then led the pack until the mid-1990s, when Tyler and Jacob gained strength. These days, Noah and Mason are carrying the torch.
Visit the page HERE, and use the sliding scale to see what baby names were popular for boys and girls throughout the years.