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These baby names are going extinct

When's the last time you met a child named Gladys? Wanda? Garland? Probably not in a while; these names are among many on their way out. Baby names flutter in and out of popularity like any other fashion trend: Out go Antoinette, Napoleon, and Olga, and in come Oaklynn, Kashton, and Emberly. We're also living in a time of unprecedented name diversity. Thirty years ago, 80% of all baby girls in America had one of around 100 names; now that number is over 250. Over the same period, that number for boys increased from 50 to 140. Though parents are looking wider for names to give to their babies, some didn't make the cut of the new millennium. 

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 proves 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. Blogs bemoan the perceived "baby name crisis," where parents desperate for unique names create new spellings for old favorites; just look at the increasing number of names ending in "nn," like Brooklynn, Flynn, Adalynn, Finn, and Quinn. 

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 2017 and then compared it to where those names placed in 2018. 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. Girl: Jean

- Historical average rank: #504
- Today's rank: #2,389 (75 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 1,949 spots

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#50. Boy: Willis

- Historical average rank: #544
- Today's rank: #2,373 (55 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 1,977 spots

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#49. Girl: Katharine

- Historical average rank: #528
- Today's rank: #2,916 (56 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 1,951 spots

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#49. Boy: Sherman

- Historical average rank: #607
- Today's rank: #3,154 (36 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,015 spots

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#48. Girl: Edna

- Historical average rank: #491
- Today's rank: #1,734 (117 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 1,962 spots

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#48. Boy: Bennie

- Historical average rank: #605
- Today's rank: #3,025 (38 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,063 spots

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#47. Girl: Irma

- Historical average rank: #558
- Today's rank: #3,079 (52 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 1,968 spots

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#47. Boy: Tommie

- Historical average rank: #678
- Today's rank: #2,622 (47 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,071 spots

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#46. Girl: Gladys

- Historical average rank: #463
- Today's rank: #3,422 (45 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 1,990 spots

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#46. Boy: Wilber

- Historical average rank: #1,504
- Today's rank: #2,826 (42 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,163 spots

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#45. Girl: Roxie

- Historical average rank: #1,417
- Today's rank: #2,986 (54 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,009 spots

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#45. Boy: Norris

- Historical average rank: #1,086
- Today's rank: #4,192 (24 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,216 spots

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#44. Girl: Rosetta

- Historical average rank: #1,216
- Today's rank: #4,046 (35 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,071 spots

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#44. Boy: Leslie

- Historical average rank: #448
- Today's rank: #3,084 (37 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,258 spots

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#43. Girl: Antoinette

- Historical average rank: #493
- Today's rank: #2,916 (56 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,098 spots

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#43. Boy: Randolph

- Historical average rank: #615
- Today's rank: #3,084 (37 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,267 spots

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#42. Girl: Clarice

- Historical average rank: #1,059
- Today's rank: #3,281 (48 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,122 spots

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#42. Boy: Rudolph

- Historical average rank: #638
- Today's rank: #3,281 (34 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,307 spots

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#41. Girl: Corrine

- Historical average rank: #863
- Today's rank: #2,889 (57 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,176 spots

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#41. Boy: Bill

- Historical average rank: #517
- Today's rank: #2,658 (46 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,315 spots

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#40. Girl: Johnnie

- Historical average rank: #1,295
- Today's rank: #4,207 (33 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,242 spots

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#40. Boy: Rufus

- Historical average rank: #814
- Today's rank: #3,966 (26 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,365 spots

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#39. Girl: Elva

- Historical average rank: #1,040
- Today's rank: #3,228 (49 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,247 spots

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#39. Boy: Stewart

- Historical average rank: #617
- Today's rank: #3,575 (30 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,381 spots

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#38. Girl: Olga

- Historical average rank: #591
- Today's rank: #3,138 (51 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,274 spots

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#38. Boy: Grover

- Historical average rank: #1,466
- Today's rank: #3,769 (28 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,412 spots

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#37. Girl: Pauline

- Historical average rank: #524
- Today's rank: #2,763 (61 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,278 spots

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#37. Boy: Claude

- Historical average rank: #524
- Today's rank: #2,492 (51 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,421 spots

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#36. Girl: Polly

- Historical average rank: #1,179
- Today's rank: #3,182 (50 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,290 spots

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#36. Boy: Hubert

- Historical average rank: #693
- Today's rank: #3,575 (30 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,486 spots

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#35. Girl: Roberta

- Historical average rank: #673
- Today's rank: #2,889 (57 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,330 spots

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#35. Boy: Cary

- Historical average rank: #995
- Today's rank: #4,452 (22 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,513 spots

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#34. Girl: Fannie

- Historical average rank: #1,023
- Today's rank: #2,889 (57 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,403 spots

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#34. Boy: Shelby

- Historical average rank: #808
- Today's rank: #3,670 (29 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,558 spots

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#33. Girl: Connie

- Historical average rank: #506
- Today's rank: #2,425 (73 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,448 spots

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#33. Boy: Wilbert

- Historical average rank: #705
- Today's rank: #4,063 (25 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,597 spots

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#32. Girl: Rhoda

- Historical average rank: #1,209
- Today's rank: #3,422 (45 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,469 spots

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#32. Boy: Jim

- Historical average rank: #447
- Today's rank: #2,974 (39 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,666 spots

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#31. Girl: Dolores

- Historical average rank: #758
- Today's rank: #3,900 (37 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,473 spots

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#31. Boy: Cliff

- Historical average rank: #1,429
- Today's rank: #4,584 (21 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,784 spots

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#30. Girl: Katheryn

- Historical average rank: #929
- Today's rank: #2,854 (58 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,497 spots

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#30. Boy: Earnest

- Historical average rank: #621
- Today's rank: #3,025 (38 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,807 spots

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#29. Girl: Aline

- Historical average rank: #1,467
- Today's rank: #3,773 (39 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,516 spots

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#29. Boy: Dana

- Historical average rank: #737
- Today's rank: #3,495 (31 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,837 spots

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#28. Girl: Lora

- Historical average rank: #669
- Today's rank: #2,944 (55 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,562 spots

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#28. Boy: Wilbur

- Historical average rank: #955
- Today's rank: #3,867 (27 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,923 spots

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#27. Girl: Dena

- Historical average rank: #937
- Today's rank: #3,900 (37 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,670 spots

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#27. Boy: Cleveland

- Historical average rank: #826
- Today's rank: #4,337 (23 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,945 spots

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#26. Girl: Jennie

- Historical average rank: #501
- Today's rank: #3,422 (45 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,730 spots

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#26. Boy: Freeman

- Historical average rank: #1,103
- Today's rank: #3,223 (35 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,986 spots

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#25. Girl: Cornelia

- Historical average rank: #1,520
- Today's rank: #4,327 (32 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,853 spots

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#25. Boy: Homer

- Historical average rank: #992
- Today's rank: #3,427 (32 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,992 spots

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#24. Girl: Eugenia

- Historical average rank: #987
- Today's rank: #3,422 (45 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,996 spots

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#24. Boy: Horace

- Historical average rank: #778
- Today's rank: #4,713 (20 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 2,993 spots

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#23. Girl: Wilma

- Historical average rank: #1,261
- Today's rank: #3,773 (39 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 3,032 spots

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#23. Boy: Burton

- Historical average rank: #1,043
- Today's rank: #4,452 (22 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 3,046 spots

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#22. Girl: Verna

- Historical average rank: #1,333
- Today's rank: #4,114 (34 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 3,040 spots

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#22. Boy: Wilfred

- Historical average rank: #927
- Today's rank: #3,769 (28 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 3,394 spots

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#21. Girl: Jeanne

- Historical average rank: #769
- Today's rank: #3,377 (46 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 3,214 spots

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#21. Boy: Merle

- Historical average rank: #1,226
- Today's rank: #4,452 (22 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 3,508 spots

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#20. Girl: Helene

- Historical average rank: #1,150
- Today's rank: #5,588 (22 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 3,223 spots

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#20. Boy: Carey

- Historical average rank: #1,017
- Today's rank: #4,452 (22 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 3,567 spots

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#19. Girl: Ethel

- Historical average rank: #1,508
- Today's rank: #4,327 (32 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 3,296 spots

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#19. Boy: Delbert

- Historical average rank: #898
- Today's rank: #5,071 (18 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 3,686 spots

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#18. Girl: Hilda

- Historical average rank: #711
- Today's rank: #3,481 (44 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 3,343 spots

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#18. Boy: Thad

- Historical average rank: #1,398
- Today's rank: #6,004 (14 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 3,699 spots

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#17. Girl: Marcia

- Historical average rank: #767
- Today's rank: #4,327 (32 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 3,438 spots

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#17. Boy: Al

- Historical average rank: #1,031
- Today's rank: #3,966 (26 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 3,703 spots

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#16. Girl: Muriel

- Historical average rank: #1,490
- Today's rank: #6,211 (19 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 3,683 spots

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#16. Boy: Lynn

- Historical average rank: #1,000
- Today's rank: #5,484 (16 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 3,734 spots

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#15. Girl: Jeannette

- Historical average rank: #765
- Today's rank: #5,423 (23 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 3,697 spots

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#15. Boy: Jess

- Historical average rank: #700
- Today's rank: #3,357 (33 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 3,758 spots

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#14. Girl: Wanda

- Historical average rank: #881
- Today's rank: #5,965 (20 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 4,031 spots

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#14. Boy: Ferdinand

- Historical average rank: #1,415
- Today's rank: #4,063 (25 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 3,862 spots

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#13. Girl: Mamie

- Historical average rank: #1,416
- Today's rank: #5,965 (20 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 4,070 spots

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#13. Boy: Bob

- Historical average rank: #1,201
- Today's rank: #5,284 (17 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 3,896 spots

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#12. Girl: Bertha

- Historical average rank: #726
- Today's rank: #4,740 (28 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 4,078 spots

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#12. Boy: Phil

- Historical average rank: #1,361
- Today's rank: #6,308 (13 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 3,916 spots

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#11. Girl: Sallie

- Historical average rank: #1,264
- Today's rank: #5,273 (24 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 4,377 spots

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#11. Boy: Hal

- Historical average rank: #1,409
- Today's rank: #3,670 (29 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 4,101 spots

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#10. Girl: Phyllis

- Historical average rank: #1,116
- Today's rank: #6,735 (17 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 4,688 spots

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#10. Boy: Garland

- Historical average rank: #1,054
- Today's rank: #4,713 (20 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 4,456 spots

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#9. Girl: Kathrine

- Historical average rank: #1,040
- Today's rank: #5,423 (23 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 4,764 spots

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#9. Boy: Napoleon

- Historical average rank: #1,268
- Today's rank: #4,063 (25 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 4,502 spots

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#8. Girl: Lee

- Historical average rank: #985
- Today's rank: #5,105 (25 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 4,819 spots

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#8. Boy: Elbert

- Historical average rank: #1,025
- Today's rank: #6,308 (13 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 4,745 spots

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#7. Girl: Reba

- Historical average rank: #1,371
- Today's rank: #5,588 (22 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 4,891 spots

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#7. Boy: Irwin

- Historical average rank: #1,273
- Today's rank: #4,713 (20 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 5,404 spots

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#6. Girl: William

- Historical average rank: #1,450
- Today's rank: #9,737 (10 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 5,059 spots

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#6. Boy: Sandy

- Historical average rank: #1,522
- Today's rank: #6,004 (14 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 5,998 spots

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#5. Girl: Patsy

- Historical average rank: #1,424
- Today's rank: #9,085 (11 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 5,995 spots

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#5. Boy: Bert

- Historical average rank: #1,307
- Today's rank: #7,083 (11 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 6,213 spots

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#4. Girl: Catharine

- Historical average rank: #1,535
- Today's rank: #10,471 (9 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 6,734 spots

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#4. Boy: Lenard

- Historical average rank: #1,475
- Today's rank: #6,308 (13 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 7,333 spots

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#3. Girl: Margie

- Historical average rank: #1,289
- Today's rank: #7,042 (16 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 7,456 spots

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#3. Boy: Thurman

- Historical average rank: #1,506
- Today's rank: #8,096 (9 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 8,155 spots

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Pixabay

#2. Girl: John

- Historical average rank: #1,495
- Today's rank: #8,099 (13 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 8,418 spots

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#2. Boy: Carroll

- Historical average rank: #1,542
- Today's rank: #8,774 (8 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 10,668 spots

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#1. Girl: Sue

- Historical average rank: #1,307
- Today's rank: #7,344 (15 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 8,606 spots

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Pixabay

#1. Boy: Ned

- Historical average rank: #1,430
- Today's rank: #6,664 (12 babies born)
- Change in rank: down 10,780 spots

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