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Fastest falling baby names of the last 50 years

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    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.

  • Elvira Koneva // Shutterstock
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    #50 Boy: Randall

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

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    #50 Girl: Laurie

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

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    #49 Boy: Brent

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

  • Michael Pettigrew // Shutterstock
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    #49 Girl: Lora

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

  • 2xSamara.com // Shutterstock
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    #48 Boy: Craig

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

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    #48 Girl: Kim

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

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    #47 Boy: Ralph

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

  • Zdenka Darula // Shutterstock
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    #47 Girl: Dena

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

  • Oksana Kuzmina // Shutterstock
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    #46 Boy: Norman

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

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    #46 Girl: Maureen

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

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    #45 Boy: Steve

    Today's rank: #1,011
    Rank 50 years ago: #89
    Change in rank: -922

  • Oksana Kuzmina // Shutterstock
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    #45 Girl: Debra

    Today's rank: #3,418
    Rank 50 years ago: #38
    Change in rank: -3,380

  • takayuki // Shutterstock
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    #44 Boy: Bernard

    Today's rank: #1,113
    Rank 50 years ago: #189
    Change in rank: -924

  • Max Bukovski // Shutterstock
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    #44 Girl: Becky

    Today's rank: #3,549
    Rank 50 years ago: #161
    Change in rank: -3,388

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    #43 Boy: Guy

    Today's rank: #1,132
    Rank 50 years ago: #202
    Change in rank: -930

  • Impact Photography // Shutterstock
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    #43 Girl: Terri

    Today's rank: #3,532
    Rank 50 years ago: #83
    Change in rank: -3,449

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    #42 Boy: Clifford

    Today's rank: #1,118
    Rank 50 years ago: #167
    Change in rank: -951

  • Tetiana Iatsenko // Shutterstock
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    #42 Girl: Jodi

    Today's rank: #3,571
    Rank 50 years ago: #97
    Change in rank: -3,474

  • Natalia Deriabina // Shutterstock
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    #41 Boy: Clarence

    Today's rank: #1,150
    Rank 50 years ago: #184
    Change in rank: -966

  • Marko Poplasen // Shutterstock
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    #41 Girl: Jo

    Today's rank: #3,727
    Rank 50 years ago: #226
    Change in rank: -3,501

  • Evgeniya Yantseva // Shutterstock
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    #40 Boy: Clinton

    Today's rank: #1,242
    Rank 50 years ago: #207
    Change in rank: -1,035

  • Olesia Bilkei // Shutterstock
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    #40 Girl: Jill

    Today's rank: #3,647
    Rank 50 years ago: #46
    Change in rank: -3,601

  • Oksana Kuzmina // Shutterstock
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    #39 Boy: Kent

    Today's rank: #1,244
    Rank 50 years ago: #194
    Change in rank: -1,050

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    #39 Girl: Beth

    Today's rank: #3,853
    Rank 50 years ago: #74
    Change in rank: -3,779

  • FamVeld // Shutterstock
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    #38 Boy: Karl

    Today's rank: #1,230
    Rank 50 years ago: #168
    Change in rank: -1,062

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    #38 Girl: Christie

    Today's rank: #4,151
    Rank 50 years ago: #260
    Change in rank: -3,891

  • Olena Zaskochenko // Shutterstock
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    #37 Boy: Dale

    Today's rank: #1,164
    Rank 50 years ago: #91
    Change in rank: -1,073

  • George Rudy // Shutterstock
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    #37 Girl: Kellie

    Today's rank: #4,184
    Rank 50 years ago: #179
    Change in rank: -4,005

  • Pakhnyushchy // Shutterstock
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    #36 Boy: Todd

    Today's rank: #1,116
    Rank 50 years ago: #28
    Change in rank: -1,088

  • EvgeniiAnd // Shutterstock
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    #36 Girl: Michele

    Today's rank: #4,116
    Rank 50 years ago: #29
    Change in rank: -4,087

  • pyrozhenka // Shutterstock
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    #35 Boy: Darryl

    Today's rank: #1,268
    Rank 50 years ago: #140
    Change in rank: -1,128

  • marina shin // Shutterstock
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    #35 Girl: Lynda

    Today's rank: #4,354
    Rank 50 years ago: #245
    Change in rank: -4,109

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    #34 Boy: Daryl

    Today's rank: #1,305
    Rank 50 years ago: #176
    Change in rank: -1,129

  • Ivanna-Ivashka // Shutterstock
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    #34 Girl: Shelly

    Today's rank: #4,212
    Rank 50 years ago: #98
    Change in rank: -4,114

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    #33 Boy: Glenn

    Today's rank: #1,237
    Rank 50 years ago: #92
    Change in rank: -1,145

  • s_oleg // Shutterstock
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    #33 Girl: Kerri

    Today's rank: #4,350
    Rank 50 years ago: #234
    Change in rank: -4,116

  • FamVeld // Shutterstock
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    #32 Boy: Barry

    Today's rank: #1,276
    Rank 50 years ago: #107
    Change in rank: -1,169

  • gualtiero boffi // Shutterstock
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    #32 Girl: Cathy

    Today's rank: #4,419
    Rank 50 years ago: #134
    Change in rank: -4,285

  • Dmitry Lobanov // Shutterstock
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    #31 Boy: Vernon

    Today's rank: #1,424
    Rank 50 years ago: #203
    Change in rank: -1,221

  • javi_indy // Shutterstock
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    #31 Girl: Kerry

    Today's rank: #4,551
    Rank 50 years ago: #186
    Change in rank: -4,365

  • Bogdan Vija // Shutterstock
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    #30 Boy: Earl

    Today's rank: #1,439
    Rank 50 years ago: #164
    Change in rank: -1,275

  • phadungsak sawasdee // Shutterstock
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    #30 Girl: Kelli

    Today's rank: #4,549
    Rank 50 years ago: #137
    Change in rank: -4,412

  • Anna Grigorjeva // Shutterstock
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    #29 Boy: Lloyd

    Today's rank: #1,519
    Rank 50 years ago: #225
    Change in rank: -1,294

  • Oksana Kuzmina // Shutterstock
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    #29 Girl: Kristi

    Today's rank: #5,039
    Rank 50 years ago: #138
    Change in rank: -4,901

  • Alena Vostrikova // Shutterstock
    46/ Alena Vostrikova // Shutterstock

    #28 Boy: Fred

    Today's rank: #1,508
    Rank 50 years ago: #172
    Change in rank: -1,336

  • AlikeYou // Shutterstock
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    #28 Girl: Wanda

    Today's rank: #5,092
    Rank 50 years ago: #115
    Change in rank: -4,977

  • Anna Grigorjeva // Shutterstock
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    #27 Boy: Kelly

    Today's rank: #1,451
    Rank 50 years ago: #97
    Change in rank: -1,354

  • Bodler // Shutterstock
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    #27 Girl: Kimberley

    Today's rank: #5,172
    Rank 50 years ago: #175
    Change in rank: -4,997

  • Krisda Ponchaipulltawee // Shutterstock
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    #26 Boy: Dan

    Today's rank: #1,585
    Rank 50 years ago: #191
    Change in rank: -1,394

  • Olga Bogatyrenko // Shutterstock
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    #26 Girl: Tracey

    Today's rank: #5,089
    Rank 50 years ago: #72
    Change in rank: -5,017

  • FamVeld // Shutterstock
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    #25 Boy: Glen

    Today's rank: #1,556
    Rank 50 years ago: #162
    Change in rank: -1,394

  • Monkey Business Images // Shutterstock
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    #25 Girl: Debbie

    Today's rank: #5,303
    Rank 50 years ago: #111
    Change in rank: -5,192

  • Lopolo // Shutterstock
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    #24 Boy: Duane

    Today's rank: #1,547
    Rank 50 years ago: #146
    Change in rank: -1,401

  • Samuel Borges Photography // Shutterstock
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    #24 Girl: Peggy

    Today's rank: #5,539
    Rank 50 years ago: #155
    Change in rank: -5,384

  • Troscha // Shutterstock
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    #23 Boy: Kirk

    Today's rank: #1,609
    Rank 50 years ago: #143
    Change in rank: -1,466

  • Nolte Lourens // Shutterstock
    57/ Nolte Lourens // Shutterstock

    #23 Girl: Kelley

    Today's rank: #5,655
    Rank 50 years ago: #168
    Change in rank: -5,487

  • Gelpi // Shutterstock
    58/ Gelpi // Shutterstock

    #22 Boy: Don

    Today's rank: #1,668
    Rank 50 years ago: #183
    Change in rank: -1,485

  • Natalia Kirichenko // Shutterstock
    59/ Natalia Kirichenko // Shutterstock

    #22 Girl: Tonya

    Today's rank: #5,556
    Rank 50 years ago: #60
    Change in rank: -5,496

  • 2xSamara.com // Shutterstock
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    #21 Boy: Gene

    Today's rank: #1,724
    Rank 50 years ago: #216
    Change in rank: -1,508

  • Michael Pettigrew // Shutterstock
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    #21 Girl: Sheryl

    Today's rank: #5,713
    Rank 50 years ago: #172
    Change in rank: -5,541

  • Lopolo // Shutterstock
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    #20 Boy: Kurt

    Today's rank: #1,641
    Rank 50 years ago: #123
    Change in rank: -1,518

  • DanielReche // Pixabay
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    #20 Girl: Lee

    Today's rank: #5,854
    Rank 50 years ago: #239
    Change in rank: -5,615

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    #19 Boy: Lonnie

    Today's rank: #1,737
    Rank 50 years ago: #181
    Change in rank: -1,556

  • izzet ugutmen // Shutterstock
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    #19 Girl: Rhonda

    Today's rank: #6,393
    Rank 50 years ago: #42
    Change in rank: -6,351

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    #18 Boy: Shannon

    Today's rank: #1,823
    Rank 50 years ago: #159
    Change in rank: -1,664

  • Tetiana Iatsenko // Shutterstock
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    #18 Girl: Jody

    Today's rank: #6,558
    Rank 50 years ago: #169
    Change in rank: -6,389

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    #17 Boy: Marty

    Today's rank: #2,039
    Rank 50 years ago: #224
    Change in rank: -1,815

  • Patryk Kosmider // Shutterstock
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    #17 Girl: Vicki

    Today's rank: #6,983
    Rank 50 years ago: #114
    Change in rank: -6,869

  • Max Pixel
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    #16 Boy: Darrin

    Today's rank: #2,072
    Rank 50 years ago: #138
    Change in rank: -1,934

  • Coy_Creek // Shutterstock
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    #16 Girl: Shelia

    Today's rank: #7,285
    Rank 50 years ago: #220
    Change in rank: -7,065

  • Elvira Koneva // Shutterstock
    72/ Elvira Koneva // Shutterstock

    #15 Boy: Rick

    Today's rank: #2,123
    Rank 50 years ago: #182
    Change in rank: -1,941

  • Kateryna Gurska // Shutterstock
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    #15 Girl: Marsha

    Today's rank: #8,023
    Rank 50 years ago: #244
    Change in rank: -7,779

  • Public Domain Pictures
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    #14 Boy: Darin

    Today's rank: #2,133
    Rank 50 years ago: #147
    Change in rank: -1,986

  • Oleksiy Avtomonov // Shutterstock
    75/ Oleksiy Avtomonov // Shutterstock

    #14 Girl: Stacie

    Today's rank: #8,133
    Rank 50 years ago: #252
    Change in rank: -7,881

  • Evan-Amos // Wikicommons
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    #13 Boy: Kerry

    Today's rank: #2,238
    Rank 50 years ago: #214
    Change in rank: -2,024

  • Durganand // Shutterstock
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    #13 Girl: Shawn

    Today's rank: #8,116
    Rank 50 years ago: #184
    Change in rank: -7,932

  • PinkStock Photos // Wikicommons
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    #12 Boy: Jeff

    Today's rank: #2,187
    Rank 50 years ago: #90
    Change in rank: -2,097

  • Studio Romantic // Shutterstock
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    #12 Girl: Gail

    Today's rank: #8,328
    Rank 50 years ago: #180
    Change in rank: -8,148

  • Pixabay
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    #11 Boy: Brad

    Today's rank: #2,288
    Rank 50 years ago: #158
    Change in rank: -2,130

  • Pushish Images // Shutterstock
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    #11 Girl: Teri

    Today's rank: #9,179
    Rank 50 years ago: #232
    Change in rank: -8,947

  • Public Domain Pictures
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    #10 Boy: Tim

    Today's rank: #2,415
    Rank 50 years ago: #139
    Change in rank: -2,276

  • Pixabay
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    #10 Girl: Shelley

    Today's rank: #9,736
    Rank 50 years ago: #129
    Change in rank: -9,607

  • Voiceboks
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    #9 Boy: Tracy

    Today's rank: #2,497
    Rank 50 years ago: #111
    Change in rank: -2,386

  • Oleggg // Shutterstock
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    #9 Girl: Sherri

    Today's rank: #9,738
    Rank 50 years ago: #95
    Change in rank: -9,643

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    #8 Boy: Jody

    Today's rank: #2,582
    Rank 50 years ago: #190
    Change in rank: -2,392

  • Nina Buday // Shutterstock
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    #8 Girl: Vickie

    Today's rank: #10,522
    Rank 50 years ago: #162
    Change in rank: -10,360

  • Pxhere
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    #7 Boy: Leslie

    Today's rank: #2,675
    Rank 50 years ago: #223
    Change in rank: -2,452

  • Darkdiamond67 // Shutterstock
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    #7 Girl: Tonia

    Today's rank: #11,412
    Rank 50 years ago: #241
    Change in rank: -11,171

  • Max Pixel
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    #6 Boy: Bill

    Today's rank: #2,776
    Rank 50 years ago: #201
    Change in rank: -2,575

  • Keeshi Ingram // Shutterstock
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    #6 Girl: Terry

    Today's rank: #11,405
    Rank 50 years ago: #218
    Change in rank: -11,187

  • Betty Wills (Atsme)
    92/ Betty Wills (Atsme)

    #5 Boy: Jim

    Today's rank: #3,083
    Rank 50 years ago: #177
    Change in rank: -2,906

  • Evgeny Atamanenko // Shutterstock
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    #5 Girl: Tracie

    Today's rank: #11,415
    Rank 50 years ago: #209
    Change in rank: -11,206

  • Public Domain Pictures
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    #4 Boy: Dana

    Today's rank: #3,531
    Rank 50 years ago: #222
    Change in rank: -3,309

  • Natalia Kirichenko // Shutterstock
    95/ Natalia Kirichenko // Shutterstock

    #4 Girl: Traci

    Today's rank: #11,414
    Rank 50 years ago: #127
    Change in rank: -11,287

  • Avsar Aras // Wikicommons
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    #3 Boy: Stacy

    Today's rank: #3,895
    Rank 50 years ago: #157
    Change in rank: -3,738

  • Elena Efimova // Shutterstock
    97/ Elena Efimova // Shutterstock

    #3 Girl: Sheri

    Today's rank: #12,442
    Rank 50 years ago: #119
    Change in rank: -12,323

  • Pxhere
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    #2 Boy: Greg

    Today's rank: #3,949
    Rank 50 years ago: #142
    Change in rank: -3,807

  • Flashon Studio // Shutterstock
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    #2 Girl: Ronda

    Today's rank: #13,672
    Rank 50 years ago: #200
    Change in rank: -13,472

  • Kenny Louie // Wikicommons
    100/ Kenny Louie // Wikicommons

    #1 Boy: Stacey

    Today's rank: #4,820
    Rank 50 years ago: #215
    Change in rank: -4,605

  • greenaperture // Shutterstock
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    #1 Girl: Tammie

    Today's rank: #17,991
    Rank 50 years ago: #160
    Change in rank: -17,831

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