Monday, December 28, 2009

She's Number 1

People ask, "What are you naming her?"
I say, "Emma."

One common response: "Oh! That's so cute! Just darling! I love it!"
The other common response: "I just heard that Emma is ranked as the #1 most popular baby name right now."

Awesome. Thanks for the information. Did you want me to name her something weird just to be different?

Here's what the internet tells me about the name Emma:

Popularity Rank in the U.S. Population

YearRankTotal out of 1,000,000 Babies
2008#19,043 babies
2007#38,698 babies
2006#29,154 babies
2005#210,035 babies
2004#210,722 babies
2003#211,330 babies
2002#48,379 babies
2001#136,723 babies
2000#176,286 babies
1999#176,021 babies

So, in the past seven years the name Emma has been in the top five. That's funny, because I work in an elementary school and I know of only one girl named Emma who is under seven years old.

Hi. My name is Sarah. Would you like to see the popularity of my name? (Too bad! I'm showing you anyway!) Check this out.

2008#204,332 babies
2007#184,713 babies
2006#155,322 babies
2005#155,672 babies
2004#126,306 babies
2003#126,852 babies
2002#87,472 babies
2001#68,024 babies
2000#58,863 babies
1999#49,809 babies
1998#510,253 babies
1997#410,834 babies
1996#410,964 babies
1995#511,118 babies
1994#511,428 babies
1993#312,288 babies
1992#512,289 babies
1991#612,404 babies
1990#612,568 babies
1989#513,948 babies
1988#414,750 babies
1987#514,883 babies
1986#515,249 babies
1985#513,477 babies
1984#514,354 babies
1983#515,216 babies
1982#415,707 babies
1981#415,760 babies
1980#514,466 babies
1979#612,196 babies
1978#812,157 babies

For TWENTY-FOUR YEARS Sarah has ranked in the top 10. It's #20 for 2008... not too shabby. The year I was born there were apparently 15,706 other Sarahs for every 1,000,000 babies born. (This doesn't even count all of the girls who don't have the "h" on the end!)

Sarah ranked #4 in 1982 with a total of 15,707 Sarahs. If the data from 2008 holds true, yes, Emma may be the #1 ranking name of 2010, but there will only be 9,000 something Emmas out of 1,000,000 babies. That's nothing compared to what I've experienced over the years and I turned out okay. (Mostly.)

Oh Emma. You are so amazing.

1 comment:

  1. This whole post made me smile. I am so happy for you, and Emma...

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