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    These baby names are going extinct

    Naming your baby can be a momentous decision. The internet is rife with articles on choosing a baby name and how a particular name can have a big impact on your child’s future. Research does prove that names are, in fact, important. Names can signal a person’s gender, ethnicity, and even political leanings. In some cases, baby naming can mean big business: Erfolgswelle, a Swiss company, charges clients $31,000 for an “internationally unique” name.

    While spending $31,000 for a unique baby name may not be in everyone’s budget, this list of 100 baby names that are going extinct is 100% free. Using the Social Security Administration’s historical archives of baby names, we calculated the historical average annual rank for baby names from 1880 to 2015 and then compared it to where those names placed in 2016. The list focuses on classically popular names that ranked in the top 1,500 names historically. From Wanda to Wilton, read on to find the top 50 vintage boys and girls names that are flying out of fashion.

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  • #50. Boy: Sherman
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    #50. Boy: Sherman

    Historical average rank: #592
    Today's rank: #2,650
    Change in rank: -2,058

  • #50. Girl: Irma
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    #50. Girl: Irma

    Historical average rank: #544
    Today's rank: #2,521
    Change in rank: -1,977

  • #49. Boy: Willis
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    #49. Boy: Willis

    Historical average rank: #530
    Today's rank: #2,655
    Change in rank: -2,126

  • #49. Girl: Malinda
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    #49. Girl: Malinda

    Historical average rank: #864
    Today's rank: #2,846
    Change in rank: -1,982

  • #48. Boy: Tommie
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    #48. Boy: Tommie

    Historical average rank: #663
    Today's rank: #2,821
    Change in rank: -2,158

  • #48. Girl: Gladys
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    #48. Girl: Gladys

    Historical average rank: #448
    Today's rank: #2,455
    Change in rank: -2,007

  • #47. Boy: Bennie
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    #47. Boy: Bennie

    Historical average rank: #590
    Today's rank: #2,749
    Change in rank: -2,159

  • #47. Girl: Edna
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    #47. Girl: Edna

    Historical average rank: #477
    Today's rank: #2,503
    Change in rank: -2,026

  • #46. Boy: Leslie
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    #46. Boy: Leslie

    Historical average rank: #432
    Today's rank: #2,726
    Change in rank: -2,294

  • #46. Girl: Dorothea
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    #46. Girl: Dorothea

    Historical average rank: #1,497
    Today's rank: #3,544
    Change in rank: -2,047

  • #45. Boy: Randolph
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    #45. Boy: Randolph

    Historical average rank: #599
    Today's rank: #2,920
    Change in rank: -2,322

  • #45. Girl: Roxie
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    #45. Girl: Roxie

    Historical average rank: #1,402
    Today's rank: #3,514
    Change in rank: -2,112

  • #44. Boy: Norris
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    #44. Boy: Norris

    Historical average rank: #1,070
    Today's rank: #3,393
    Change in rank: -2,323

  • #44. Girl: Antoinette
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    #44. Girl: Antoinette

    Historical average rank: #478
    Today's rank: #2,591
    Change in rank: -2,113

  • #43. Boy: Bill
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    #43. Boy: Bill

    Historical average rank: #500
    Today's rank: #2,827
    Change in rank: -2,327

  • #43. Girl: Clarice
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    #43. Girl: Clarice

    Historical average rank: #1,043
    Today's rank: #3,184
    Change in rank: -2,141

  • #42. Boy: Rudolph
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    #42. Boy: Rudolph

    Historical average rank: #621
    Today's rank: #2,974
    Change in rank: -2,353

  • #42. Girl: Corrine
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    #42. Girl: Corrine

    Historical average rank: #847
    Today's rank: #3,040
    Change in rank: -2,193

  • #41. Boy: Wilber
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    #41. Boy: Wilber

    Historical average rank: #1,488
    Today's rank: #3,858
    Change in rank: -2,370

  • #41. Girl: Rosetta
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    #41. Girl: Rosetta

    Historical average rank: #1,201
    Today's rank: #3,410
    Change in rank: -2,209

  • #40. Boy: Claude
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    #40. Boy: Claude

    Historical average rank: #507
    Today's rank: #2,946
    Change in rank: -2,439

  • #40. Girl: Elva
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    #40. Girl: Elva

    Historical average rank: #1,024
    Today's rank: #3,291
    Change in rank: -2,268

  • #39. Boy: Grover
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    #39. Boy: Grover

    Historical average rank: #1,448
    Today's rank: #3,890
    Change in rank: -2,442

  • #39. Girl: Johnnie
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    #39. Girl: Johnnie

    Historical average rank: #1,279
    Today's rank: #3,551
    Change in rank: -2,272

  • #38. Boy: Stewart
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    #38. Boy: Stewart

    Historical average rank: #600
    Today's rank: #3,043
    Change in rank: -2,443

  • #38. Girl: Pauline
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    #38. Girl: Pauline

    Historical average rank: #507
    Today's rank: #2,811
    Change in rank: -2,304

  • #37. Boy: Rufus
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    #37. Boy: Rufus

    Historical average rank: #797
    Today's rank: #3,279
    Change in rank: -2,482

  • #37. Girl: Olga
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    #37. Girl: Olga

    Historical average rank: #574
    Today's rank: #2,905
    Change in rank: -2,331

  • #36. Boy: Hubert
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    #36. Boy: Hubert

    Historical average rank: #675
    Today's rank: #3,189
    Change in rank: -2,514

  • #36. Girl: Roberta
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    #36. Girl: Roberta

    Historical average rank: #656
    Today's rank: #3,022
    Change in rank: -2,367

  • #35. Boy: Cary
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    #35. Boy: Cary

    Historical average rank: #977
    Today's rank: #3,501
    Change in rank: -2,524

  • #35. Girl: Polly
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    #35. Girl: Polly

    Historical average rank: #1,162
    Today's rank: #3,576
    Change in rank: -2,414

  • #34. Boy: Shelby
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    #34. Boy: Shelby

    Historical average rank: #790
    Today's rank: #3,398
    Change in rank: -2,608

  • #34. Girl: Fannie
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    #34. Girl: Fannie

    Historical average rank: #1,005
    Today's rank: #3,431
    Change in rank: -2,426

  • #33. Boy: Wilbert
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    #33. Boy: Wilbert

    Historical average rank: #686
    Today's rank: #3,346
    Change in rank: -2,660

  • #33. Girl: Connie
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    #33. Girl: Connie

    Historical average rank: #488
    Today's rank: #2,959
    Change in rank: -2,471

  • #32. Boy: Jim
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    #32. Boy: Jim

    Historical average rank: #428
    Today's rank: #3,134
    Change in rank: -2,706

  • #32. Girl: Rhoda
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    #32. Girl: Rhoda

    Historical average rank: #1,191
    Today's rank: #3,721
    Change in rank: -2,531

  • #31. Boy: Cliff
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    #31. Boy: Cliff

    Historical average rank: #1,409
    Today's rank: #4,217
    Change in rank: -2,808

  • #31. Girl: Aline
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    #31. Girl: Aline

    Historical average rank: #1,449
    Today's rank: #3,981
    Change in rank: -2,532

  • #30. Boy: Earnest
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    #30. Boy: Earnest

    Historical average rank: #601
    Today's rank: #3,433
    Change in rank: -2,832

  • #30. Girl: Dolores
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    #30. Girl: Dolores

    Historical average rank: #740
    Today's rank: #3,289
    Change in rank: -2,549

  • #29. Boy: Dana
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    #29. Boy: Dana

    Historical average rank: #716
    Today's rank: #3,582
    Change in rank: -2,866

  • #29. Girl: Katheryn
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    #29. Girl: Katheryn

    Historical average rank: #911
    Today's rank: #3,489
    Change in rank: -2,578

  • #28. Boy: Cleveland
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    #28. Boy: Cleveland

    Historical average rank: #804
    Today's rank: #3,769
    Change in rank: -2,965

  • #28. Girl: Lora
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    #28. Girl: Lora

    Historical average rank: #650
    Today's rank: #3,250
    Change in rank: -2,600

  • #27. Boy: Wilbur
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    #27. Boy: Wilbur

    Historical average rank: #934
    Today's rank: #3,961
    Change in rank: -3,027

  • #27. Girl: Dena
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    #27. Girl: Dena

    Historical average rank: #917
    Today's rank: #3,613
    Change in rank: -2,696

  • #26. Boy: Freeman
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    #26. Boy: Freeman

    Historical average rank: #1,082
    Today's rank: #4,111
    Change in rank: -3,030

  • #26. Girl: Jennie
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    #26. Girl: Jennie

    Historical average rank: #481
    Today's rank: #3,241
    Change in rank: -2,760

  • #25. Boy: Horace
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    #25. Boy: Horace

    Historical average rank: #756
    Today's rank: #3,797
    Change in rank: -3,041

  • #25. Girl: Cornelia
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    #25. Girl: Cornelia

    Historical average rank: #1,500
    Today's rank: #4,480
    Change in rank: -2,981

  • #24. Boy: Burton
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    #24. Boy: Burton

    Historical average rank: #1,021
    Today's rank: #4,087
    Change in rank: -3,066

  • #24. Girl: Eugenia
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    #24. Girl: Eugenia

    Historical average rank: #965
    Today's rank: #3,999
    Change in rank: -3,034

  • #23. Boy: Homer
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    #23. Boy: Homer

    Historical average rank: #970
    Today's rank: #4,119
    Change in rank: -3,149

  • #23. Girl: Wilma
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    #23. Girl: Wilma

    Historical average rank: #1,239
    Today's rank: #4,349
    Change in rank: -3,110

  • #22. Boy: Carey
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    #22. Boy: Carey

    Historical average rank: #991
    Today's rank: #4,593
    Change in rank: -3,603

  • #22. Girl: Verna
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    #22. Girl: Verna

    Historical average rank: #1,311
    Today's rank: #4,446
    Change in rank: -3,135

  • #21. Boy: Merle
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    #21. Boy: Merle

    Historical average rank: #1,200
    Today's rank: #4,829
    Change in rank: -3,629

  • #21. Girl: Jeanne
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    #21. Girl: Jeanne

    Historical average rank: #745
    Today's rank: #4,006
    Change in rank: -3,261

  • #20. Boy: Wilfred
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    #20. Boy: Wilfred

    Historical average rank: #903
    Today's rank: #4,558
    Change in rank: -3,656

  • #20. Girl: Helene
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    #20. Girl: Helene

    Historical average rank: #1,126
    Today's rank: #4,394
    Change in rank: -3,268

  • #19. Boy: Al
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    #19. Boy: Al

    Historical average rank: #1,004
    Today's rank: #4,715
    Change in rank: -3,711

  • #19. Girl: Ethel
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    #19. Girl: Ethel

    Historical average rank: #1,484
    Today's rank: #4,833
    Change in rank: -3,349

  • #18. Boy: Jess
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    #18. Boy: Jess

    Historical average rank: #672
    Today's rank: #4,498
    Change in rank: -3,826

  • #18. Girl: Hilda
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    #18. Girl: Hilda

    Historical average rank: #687
    Today's rank: #4,073
    Change in rank: -3,386

  • #17. Boy: Lynn
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    #17. Boy: Lynn

    Historical average rank: #973
    Today's rank: #4,818
    Change in rank: -3,845

  • #17. Girl: Marcia
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    #17. Girl: Marcia

    Historical average rank: #742
    Today's rank: #4,413
    Change in rank: -3,671

  • #16. Boy: Thad
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    #16. Boy: Thad

    Historical average rank: #1,371
    Today's rank: #5,240
    Change in rank: -3,869

  • #16. Girl: Jeannette
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    #16. Girl: Jeannette

    Historical average rank: #738
    Today's rank: #4,501
    Change in rank: -3,763

  • #15. Boy: Bob
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    #15. Boy: Bob

    Historical average rank: #1,173
    Today's rank: #5,102
    Change in rank: -3,929

  • #15. Girl: Muriel
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    #15. Girl: Muriel

    Historical average rank: #1,463
    Today's rank: #5,429
    Change in rank: -3,966

  • #14. Boy: Ferdinand
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    #14. Boy: Ferdinand

    Historical average rank: #1,387
    Today's rank: #5,317
    Change in rank: -3,930

  • #14. Girl: Bertha
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    #14. Girl: Bertha

    Historical average rank: #696
    Today's rank: #4,810
    Change in rank: -4,114

  • #13. Boy: Delbert
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    #13. Boy: Delbert

    Historical average rank: #871
    Today's rank: #4,937
    Change in rank: -4,066

  • #13. Girl: Mamie
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    #13. Girl: Mamie

    Historical average rank: #1,387
    Today's rank: #5,570
    Change in rank: -4,183

  • #12. Boy: Phil
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    #12. Boy: Phil

    Historical average rank: #1,333
    Today's rank: #5,422
    Change in rank: -4,089

  • #12. Girl: Wanda
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    #12. Girl: Wanda

    Historical average rank: #852
    Today's rank: #5,147
    Change in rank: -4,295

  • #11. Boy: Hal
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    #11. Boy: Hal

    Historical average rank: #1,379
    Today's rank: #5,579
    Change in rank: -4,200

  • #11. Girl: Sallie
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    #11. Girl: Sallie

    Historical average rank: #1,232
    Today's rank: #5,760
    Change in rank: -4,528

  • #10. Boy: Garland
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    #10. Boy: Garland

    Historical average rank: #1,021
    Today's rank: #5,570
    Change in rank: -4,549

  • #10. Girl: Phyllis
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    #10. Girl: Phyllis

    Historical average rank: #1,082
    Today's rank: #5,950
    Change in rank: -4,868

  • #9. Boy: Napoleon
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    #9. Boy: Napoleon

    Historical average rank: #1,235
    Today's rank: #5,934
    Change in rank: -4,699

  • #9. Girl: Kathrine
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    #9. Girl: Kathrine

    Historical average rank: #1,005
    Today's rank: #5,894
    Change in rank: -4,889

  • #8. Boy: Elbert
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    #8. Boy: Elbert

    Historical average rank: #990
    Today's rank: #5,831
    Change in rank: -4,841

  • #8. Girl: Lee
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    #8. Girl: Lee

    Historical average rank: #950
    Today's rank: #5,909
    Change in rank: -4,959

  • #7. Boy: Irwin
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    #7. Boy: Irwin

    Historical average rank: #1,234
    Today's rank: #6,825
    Change in rank: -5,591

  • #7. Girl: Reba
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    #7. Girl: Reba

    Historical average rank: #1,336
    Today's rank: #6,440
    Change in rank: -5,104

  • #6. Boy: Bert
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    #6. Boy: Bert

    Historical average rank: #1,261
    Today's rank: #7,586
    Change in rank: -6,325

  • #6. Girl: William
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    #6. Girl: William

    Historical average rank: #1,413
    Today's rank: #6,752
    Change in rank: -5,339

  • #5. Boy: Sandy
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    #5. Boy: Sandy

    Historical average rank: #1,478
    Today's rank: #7,973
    Change in rank: -6,495

  • #5. Girl: Patsy
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    #5. Girl: Patsy

    Historical average rank: #1,380
    Today's rank: #7,703
    Change in rank: -6,323

  • #4. Boy: Lenard
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    #4. Boy: Lenard

    Historical average rank: #1,421
    Today's rank: #9,295
    Change in rank: -7,874

  • #4. Girl: Catharine
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    #4. Girl: Catharine

    Historical average rank: #1,486
    Today's rank: #8,310
    Change in rank: -6,824

  • #3. Boy: Thurman
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    #3. Boy: Thurman

    Historical average rank: #1,447
    Today's rank: #10,586
    Change in rank: -9,140

  • #3. Girl: Margie
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    #3. Girl: Margie

    Historical average rank: #1,234
    Today's rank: #9,082
    Change in rank: -7,848

  • #2. Boy: Carroll
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    #2. Boy: Carroll

    Historical average rank: #1,464
    Today's rank: #12,521
    Change in rank: -11,057

  • #2. Girl: John
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    #2. Girl: John

    Historical average rank: #1,433
    Today's rank: #10,239
    Change in rank: -8,806

  • #1. Boy: Ned
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    #1. Boy: Ned

    Historical average rank: #1,351
    Today's rank: #13,566
    Change in rank: -12,215

  • #1. Girl: Sue
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    #1. Girl: Sue

    Historical average rank: #1,244
    Today's rank: #10,542
    Change in rank: -9,298

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