Tuesday, May 26, 2020

How does your name compare?

The two O names stole the show in 2017.

Oliver and Olivia were the most popular baby names in Minnesota, according to the Social Security Administration. 

I’m still agonizing over the fact that Rick didn’t come out on top. In fact, Rick didn’t even make the top five. 

It appears the popularity of my name has lost a lot of ground over the years. The highest my name finished is 76thin 1958. It has fallen dramatically since then, coming in at 927thin 2000. 

In the year when I was born, Michael, David and James were the most popular names. For the girls, it was Lisa, Kimberly and Michelle. Notice how I didn’t reveal which year. I’ll let you figure that out. Be nice now! The first person to do that correctly and email me at bprick@frontier.comwill be awarded a free six-month subscription. 

The top five boys names in 2017 were Oliver, William, Henry, Liam and Theodore. As for the girls, Olivia, Evelyn, Emma, Charlotte and Nora came out on top.

Liam and Emma were the most popular baby names in the U.S. 

Social Security began compiling the baby list in 1997, with names dating back to 1880. At the time of a child’s birth, parents supply the name to the agency when applying for a child’s Social Security card, making Social Security the greatest resource for the most popular baby names.

Each year the list reveals the effect of pop-culture on naming trends. This year reality television seems to have influenced mom and dad. 

Ensley was the fastest riser on the girls’ list, moving 1,461 spots to number 965, from number 2,426 in 2016. Spring has sprung, and Wells had the biggest bloom in popularity for the boys, moving over 500 spots in 2017 from 1,419 to 915. Perhaps his parents are fans of the hit TV show, “The Bachelorette” where one of the popular contestants was named Wells. 

The First Lady of the United States appears to be popular as new parents chose Melania at an increasing rate over 2017.

It’s kind of fun poking around on Social Security’s website where you can access all the information relating to names.  

As I was sifting through the baby names, it got me to thinking and wondering how my parents decided to name me what they did. My mom laughed when I asked her saying, “That was ** years ago, I can’t remember.” (I’m sure you thought you had me and I’d let in slip up by putting in the number.) After she thought about it some more, she figured it had to do with my grandfather whose name was Richard. My dad was always concerned that the names would be short. All my siblings have names with four letters. 

The biggest battle I’ve faced in life is everybody thinking my name is Richard. Not that it would be bad, but I always quickly corrected everyone and said, “No, it’s just Rick. Nothing more, nothing less.”

I just need to adjust to the reality that my name likely will never come out on top. For some reason parents have always been in hot pursuit of naming their child something other than Rick.

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Kasson, MN 55944

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