f you've spent any time in elementary schools lately, chances are you know of at least one kid named Olivia. Actually, you probably know at least three Olivias. It's been one of the most popular girl's names for a few years running. Back when you were in elementary school, you probably had a few Laurens, Ashleys, and Jessicas in your class. (Or maybe you were one of those Laurens, forever known solely by your first name and last initial. The struggle was real.)
Every January, the Social Security Administration releases the most popular baby names of the past year. It's super cool to see which names last for decades and which ones fall out of popularity over the years.
However, one master of name analysis has taken things a step further and figured out what the trendiest name in U.S. history is. The answer might surprise you.
Know any babies named Sophia? Probably! It was the no. 1 girl's name in 2017.
Sophia was followed closely by Olivia, Emma, Ava, and Isabella.
Nothing surprising here. Sophia has actually been the most popular name for the past eight years, according to the website BabyCenter.com.
Other popular girl’s names from last year include Mia, Aria, Riley, Zoe, and Amelia.
You probably could have guessed most of those (if not all of them).
As for boy's names, Jackson took the no. 1 slot in 2017.
Next up were Liam, Noah, Aiden, and Lucas.
Biblical names have often been super popular among boys, and 2017 was no different in that regard.
Included in the list of the top 100 boy’s names from last year are Adam, Elijah, Michael, Jacob, Benjamin, Matthew, Luke… I could go on, but you get it, right? All your favorite characters from Sunday School can currently be found attending actual Sunday Schools.
We’ve all witnessed baby names trends in real time. Remember when it seemed like every boy baby had a name ending in “en”? (Aiden, Brayden, Cayden, etc.)
Names tend to follow certain trends over the years.
But the trendiest name in U.S. History? You’re never gonna guess it.
(Note: I have no idea whether the woman pictured above is actually named Linda, but come on. What else could she possibly be named?)
OK. This news has probably come as a bit of a shock to you. You never would have pegged Linda as a “trendy” name, right?
Well, it’s true, and I can prove it to you with math. Check it out…