With the latest trends of selecting unique and unusal names, popular names are not as popular as they once were. Only 7.8% of children born last year were given a name in the top ten. In comparison, twenty five years ago 17.7% of children would be given a name in the top ten, and 50 years ago that number was 20.5%. A person born into our parents' generation is nearly three times as likely to be given a top ten name than a person born into our kids' generation. As someone who had two other 'Sara's' (spelled differently) in her kindergarten class, I am fasinated that the probability of any two children in my daughter's kindergarten class having the same name is only 15.9%. The probability of any three sharing the same name? Only 0.3%.
How unique is a given name? You might be surprised
Where does your data come from? The Social Security Administration (SSA) for baby name popularity and population size. The SSA publishes background information on how the data is collected and distributed for the interested. Average elementary school size comes from the National Center for Educational Statistics. Similiar names are computed using a combination of edit distance, and data from Name Nerds.
Were there really ten boys named Sarah in 2015? Looks like! Our data comes direct from the US Census Data, and that's what the Social Security Administration (SSA) reports. With a 3,961,981 babies born in 2015, there's bound to be at least a few reporting errors. There's also going to be a few really far out their names. There may have been 10 boys named Sarah, but there were also 16 girls named 'Abcde'.
Hey, my daughter's/brother's/neighbor's name isn't on the list! What gives? Congratulations on a super rare name! Your daughter/brother/neighbor is one of a kind! Or, more procisely, one of no more than 4. The Social Security Administration (SSA) does not include baby names when fewer than five babies were given the name.
Love Baby Names? Try our other Baby Name Apps. The Baby Name Explorer lets you explore names based on gender ratio, substring, popularity, or the number of syllables. If you like more unusal names, you may enjoy the Unique Name Generator, Name Blender which merges two names into one or Alternate Spelling Suggester. Finally, the Nickname Finder can help you find that perfect nick name.