One of the first things I think about when choosing a name for a child is the name’s popularity. I don’t want a name so bizarre it raises eyebrows, but I do want a name unique enough that there aren’t going to be two other kids in my kid’s class with the same name.
A super cool new historical name analysis tool can be found on vintagereprints.net. It can help you see the popularity of the name you’re considering, when it was most popular as well as where it was most popular, in just seconds. All you have to do is enter the name you’re interested in and click enter. I typed in my own name and here’s what I got:
Seems about right. I was born in 1977 and the 70s were when the name Monica was the most popular. The second image that will pop up is a map of the United States showing where and when the name was the most popular. Here’s mine:
I was born in Utah so the name Monica peaked in 1971. It was all the rage in California on the year of my birth, though. What’s cool about the site is that it can help you predict whether the name you’re choosing is due for a comeback or is coming off a comeback several decades prior. The name Monica peaked in the 70s and hasn’t really been seen much before or since. It could be due for a comeback… Either way, judging by this information it’s safe to say you could name your kid Monica and be fairly certain you’d have the only Monica in the class. But don’t do that. I’ve never liked my name.
Go ahead and run your list of potential baby names through the site and see if it helps narrow down your options!
Image: Monica Bielanko
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