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Girl baby names over the decades

March 26, 2013

By Erika Weisensee
Milwaukie Mom

What’s in a name? Naming a child is a momentous decision for parents, a decision that helps define the child’s identity from the very beginning. Names can be beautiful, powerful, traditional, interesting and sometimes just plain out there. The Social Security Administration (SSA) tracks the most popular American baby names and you can search the results online by year from as early as 1879.

The website reveals trends in American boy and girl names over the decades. We Americans tend to stick with our favorite names for a long time. For women’s names, “Mary” topped the list for several decades of the Twentieth Century, with names like “Helen,” ‘Margaret,” “Dorothy,” “Barbara,” “Patricia,” and “Linda” following close behind.

In 1969, “Lisa” was the number one baby girl name, and “Jennifer” was number one a decade later. In recent years, “Emily” has dominated the list, sitting firmly in number one from 1997 to 2007. In 2008, it was replaced by “Emma,” yet earlier this year, the SSN announced that “Isabella” surged to the top of the list in 2009.

Whether you are getting ready to name a child or just curious about American names over the decades, the SSA’s site is a good resource.

### Erika Weisensee, a writer and native Oregonian, lives in Milwaukie and teaches journalism and communication courses at the University of Portland.

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Rutu Patel April 3, 2013

Nice information by this site. I agree with you that name can be powerful,beautiful etc. & name is create bit imprecation also. If you want to search on Bengali baby names,Indian baby boy & girl names with meaning & numerology, Muslim names then visit Its really helpful to you people.

Saint May 22, 2013

Nice Information by this article. to keep the name is very difficult process for parents. because name can create bit affect to the image.above link also suggest you more names of baby girl names. Thanks….

Nahiz May 27, 2013

Excellent post…I like this. I am agree with you. Name should be meaningful, Powerful, Interesting & effective to image also.its a 1st identity of the person.Thanks…

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