In 2014 I featured a series of blog posts introducing you to 2,014 names. For the most part they were names that were brand new to me as well. Some names may be more familiar but I found the meaning or origin or some other aspect of the name made it worthy of inclusion here. You may love some of the names, you may hate some, but hopefully you enjoy learning about all of them.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

More Fun With the SSA List of Names from 2015

First, a little history.

Liam seems to me the name in the top 10 that is newest to U.S. name royalty. This is not his first year ranked #2, but it is only his 4th year to be among the 10 most popular names for boys. It's only his 5th year to be in the top 20 names. Liam has only been ranked among the top 50 names for 7 years now. He has spent a total of 10 years ranked in the top 100. But that's just how long he's been among the MOST popular names given. He's been among what I call 'the most familiar' names given since 1994, which rather corresponds to the time since actor Liam Neeson became 'a household name'. Personally. I don't recall ever having heard of Liam as a name until I became familiar with Liam Neeson due to movies like Rob Roy (with one of my favorite actresses, Jessica Lange). That is to say, Liam has been one of the top 500 names given since then. So how long has he been in the top 1000 baby names given? Once you leave the top 500 and start talking about the top 1000 names given you are talking about names like:

            Rank in  2015      1994      1967                     1916                        Year Rank was Highest
                                                                         (year Liam 1st entered
                                                                          the top 1000 names)                                          with rank in (  )                                  

Darius                501         155         590                       --                           1991 -1992  (152)  
Douglas              618        156          33                        151                        1942      (23)
Briggs                745          --             --                          --                          2015     (745)
Reginald             875        295          126                      346                        1968      (118)
Yehuda               953         --              --                          --                         2012      (897)

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