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Elvis … Has Left the Top Baby Names List

elvis presley, baby boys namesIt was a long run for the name of a man with a relatively short life. After half a century, Elvis has left not only the building, but the Social Security Administration’s Top 1000 Baby Names list.

For 55 straight years, the King’s name was somewhere on the list. Unlike Elvis the performer, Elvis the name was never at the top of the charts. But in 1957, the name Elvis peaked, getting a respectable ranking of 312. In today’s currency, that would have meant Elvis was as popular then as Tiffany, Ryker, Emery, Anderson, Katelynn and Grady are now.

Last year, 245 babies born in the U.S. were named Elvis, which gave it a respectable 858 out of 1000 ranking.

Not bad for a baby name that, honestly, I rarely ever heard (maybe it’s a regional thing?). I can’t think of any friends or co-workers of my parents named Elvis, I never went to school with an Elvis, and — though I know plenty of kids with wacky/throwback names, none are called Elvis. Come to think of it, I don’t know any baby Rykers, Tiffanys, etc., now — maybe the 310s aren’t such a high ranking after all.

So what deposed Elvis from the rankings? Maybe it was the following five baby names which were ranked well below 1,000th just last year (ranking noted in parentheses): Crew (1229), Destin (1107), Menachem (1077), Joziah (1016) and Sheldon (1024).

Can you love a Crew tender? Love him sweet? Eh, I’m letting it go.

Did you ever know (of) an Elvis, besides the Presley variety? (And the movie critic?)

Photo: wikipedia

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