Barefoot by the Sea: What a difference a decade or two makes!

Monday, January 18, 2010

What a difference a decade or two makes!

I'm fascinated with everything baby.  Being a mom, it's interesting to see what a mama's brain goes through during pregnancy, from how their nursery is decorated, their nesting instinct, changes in mood and the all important name selection.  It's also interesting to see the trends in baby names through the years.  Growing up in suburban Western Massachusetts in the mid 80s, I never had any classmates named Margaret or Betty but I certainly sat in classes with fellow Jessicas, Johsuas and Jennifers.  That being said, if I were going for baby # 3 (which I am not) I would lean towards a classic name. 

1900's
John/Mary
William/Helen
James/Margaret
George/Anna
Charles/Ruth

1920's
Robert/Mary
John/Dorothy
James/Helen
William/Betty
Charles/Margaret

(yippharg.com)

1940's
James/Mary
Robert/Linda
John/Barbara
William/Patricia
Richard/Carol

(mcadams.posc.mu.edu)

1960's
Michael/Lisa
David/Mary
John/Susan
James/Karen
Robert/Kimberly

1980's
Michael/Jessica
Christopher/Jennifer
Matthew/Amanda
Joshua/Ashley
David/Sarah

(marketingdisaster.com)

2000's
Jacob/Emily
Michael/Madison
Joshua/Emma
Matthew/Hannah
Christopher/Olivia

(healthline.com)

What are some of your favorites in your baby book? 

1 comment:

  1. We tossed around the name "Maeve" for a girl and "Calvin" for a boy, but wound up with Waverly and Griffin instead. With names like ours, we just couldn't go traditional!

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