May 09, 2005

The Names

Here's a fun diversion: the Social Security administration just released its list of the most popular baby names for 2004. Jacob takes #1 for boys, and Emily is the top girl name. (Incidentally, Madison is #3? Is Madison really that popular? What brought that on? I'm not wholly up on my pop culture, but there doesn't seem to be an actor or celebrity driving the choice.)

Also of interest to no one but me and the rest of the Brad conspiracy, both "Bradford" and "Brad" have been rapidly and steadily declining in popularity over the past 15 years. At this rate they'll both be out of the top 1000 by next year. On the other hand, "Brady" has surged in popularity (122), but that's a poor substitute if there ever was one.
-- Brad Plumer 2:18 PM || ||