Sophia and Jackson took the number one spots in 2017’s top 100 baby names, according to 500,000 parents who shared their picks with BabyCenter. Even though these most-used monikers are the reigning cool kids when it comes to popular baby names, neither gets top honors in a historical sense. Just because your preschooler has five Emma’s and six Olivia’s in her class doesn’t mean that the current name picks have always been trendy.
An analysis of names in the Social Security database by Biotechnologist Davis Taylor revealed something that might surprise you. The name that has had the longest peak popularity isn’t one that you might expect. Heck, it’s not even in the top 100 most popular baby names of 2017.
So what is this magical moniker? It’s Linda. Yes, Linda. She may have been your mom’s bestie/co-worker in the ‘80s or she may be your great-aunt’s high school lab partner. But she certainly wasn’t in your high school graduating class and she’s definitely not in your daughter’s social circle.
Even though Linda isn’t exactly a millennial fave, it’s still the number one trending name since 1880. The peak of Linda’s popularity was way back in the 1900s. More specifically, Linda’s reign as name supreme lasted from 1938 to 1969. And that’s pretty impressive!
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