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Fastest falling baby names of the last 50 years

  • Fastest falling baby names of the last 50 years

    A difficult job parents can face is deciding what to name the newest member of their family. While many baby names originate from someone near and dear to the parents, some little ones sport names that derive from a celebrity, a location, or some other key pop culture reference. As culture has evolved over time, so too has the lexicon from which the names appearing on birth certificates are drawn, and contemporary baby names like Facebook and Hashtag serve to underscore this cultural phenomenon.

    In order to determine just how far some names have fallen in the popularity ranks as a result of various technological, demographic, and cultural shifts in the United States, Stacker compiled a list of fastest falling baby names in the last 50 years. The list references data from the United States Social Security Administration. The 50 male and 50 female names are ranked according to their respective change in rank over the past half century, with the names whose rank fell the most appearing at the top of the list.

    Read on to see if your name or the name of a loved one has taken a serious dip in popularity in the past 50 years.

  • #50 Boy: Randall

    Today's rank: #909
    Rank 50 years ago: #79
    Change in rank: -830

  • #50 Girl: Laurie

    Today's rank: #2,959
    Rank 50 years ago: #79
    Change in rank: -2,880

  • #49 Boy: Brent

    Today's rank: #953
    Rank 50 years ago: #103
    Change in rank: -850

  • #49 Girl: Lora

    Today's rank: #3,195
    Rank 50 years ago: #203
    Change in rank: -2,992

  • #48 Boy: Craig

    Today's rank: #933
    Rank 50 years ago: #41
    Change in rank: -892

  • #48 Girl: Kim

    Today's rank: #3,344
    Rank 50 years ago: #57
    Change in rank: -3,287

  • #47 Boy: Ralph

    Today's rank: #1,020
    Rank 50 years ago: #127
    Change in rank: -893

  • #47 Girl: Dena

    Today's rank: #3,558
    Rank 50 years ago: #266
    Change in rank: -3,292

  • #46 Boy: Norman

    Today's rank: #1,069
    Rank 50 years ago: #155
    Change in rank: -914

  • #46 Girl: Maureen

    Today's rank: #3,512
    Rank 50 years ago: #148
    Change in rank: -3,364

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