Once upon a time, Mary was America’s most popular girl’s name.
From the beginning of record-keeping (so back until at least 1800) right up until 1961, it was the most common name for a female. But then, it wasn’t.
According to Philip Cohen at The Atlantic, “In 2011, according to the latest report from the Social Security Administration (SSA), Mary fell three more places, to 112th. In absolute numbers, the number of girls given the name Mary at birth has fallen 94 percent since 1961.”
But why? What is so wrong with Mary?
It’s a combination of people wanting different and uncommon names (culturally, people value individuality), and fewer Christians standing by the religious significance behind the name ‘Mary’. Cohen notes: “It’s not just that there may be fewer devout Christians, it’s that even they don’t want to sacrifice individuality for a (sorry, it’s not my opinion) boring name like Mary.
But based on Cohen’s linear prediction methods, could Mary be due for a resurgence? Will she have her day once more?
Read at The Atlantic: Why Don’t Parents Name Their Daughters Mary Anymore?