Society is a dynamic and ever-evolving phenomenon. People can follow changes and trends throughout time by looking at how fashion and music changes—and why. But another way of observing changes in society is by analyzing the names that parents give to their newborn babies. Of course, people name their children for different reasons, but the most important factors include religion, popular culture, and more simply, the names other people are giving their children.
Even though there have been so many women in history who have achieved amazing things, it seems that little girls’ names are mostly popularized by the stars of the entertainment industry: a child actress who was a beacon of hope during the Great Depression; the name that a famous singer named his own daughter; the title of a popular song; and the name that fictional characters gave their baby in a sitcom.
Stacker examined the Social Security Administration’s data on baby names to determine the most common names for baby girls from 1915 to 2019. Additionally there was a little extra digging to glean insights on why these names were used so much at the time. See if you can guess the reasons behind the popularity—some are obvious, but others may surprise you.
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