On my own I’ve gone back and looked at the most popular baby names for every decade since they started keeping track. Sites like Nameberry make it super easy. But if you want to forgo hours of clicking from decade to decade, an amazing GIF that shows you the most popular baby names from 1960 to now in mere seconds is making the Internet rounds.
As the TheAtlantic.com notes, “The most popular baby girl names in the United States are flashes in the pan—each one appearing on the map briefly, before being swept out by an up-and-comer.”
Check it out!
The map was built in Adobe Illustrator by Deadspin‘s Reuben Fischer-Baum using data from the Social Security Administration.
Frankly, I’m shocked we aren’t all Jennifer. Man, that was a long run.
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