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U.S. Baby Boy Names by Year Quiz

For each year, guess the top 20 most popular names for baby boys in the United States.
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(77)
Harry and Ron worked out, but sadly no Hermione.
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Aug 3, 2012
(44)
Ah, we use the same strategy, Harry Potter provides a wealth of names...
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Aug 3, 2012
(7)
You did that too?
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Oct 31, 2012
(43)
The same for me, I even tried Neville and Seamus .... sadly it didn't work :b
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Sep 30, 2014
(48)
Same here :) Another good source is Gilmore Girls - Logan, Richard...
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May 11, 2015
(69)
I didn't think of using books, which is probably why I did terribly. My usual strategy is to think of people I went to school with. Sadly, as I went to a girls' school, this didn't help here.
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Sep 7, 2015
(5)
I did the same thing
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Aug 14, 2012
(47)
and i did :')
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Sep 6, 2013
(69)
Popular fiction is often a good source of guesses both because a) writers are frequently unoriginal and go with popular standard names and b) in the rare instances where they are original, the people who like their work are not, and start to name their babies after characters in their favorite book or TV show or movie. See the recent surge in popularity in the names Jacob and Isabella. ::eyeroll::
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Feb 4, 2013
(38)
But Jacob was #1 in 2000, long before Twilight came out.
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May 3, 2013
(72)
You just proved his point. Twilight is derivative (as if we didn't already know).
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May 14, 2014
(69)
And then the book's popularity reinforced and enhanced the popularity of the name Jacob.
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Mar 29, 2015
(45)
Because...you know, everyone named their kids after people in Twilight.
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Apr 20, 2017
(41)
I hate the name Jacob. It's disgusting.
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Jun 16, 2017
(65)
I think 'Jacob' is from a certain old book...old...Old? Old Testament...that's it! Some resurgence of Old Testament names in the past few years - Elijah, Noah, Jacob....When I was a kid, there were 3 or 4 Mike's and David's in every class. The pendulum tends to swing back and forth on these more common/standard first names.
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Jul 8, 2017
(69)
^ yes another oversaturated popular work of fiction that people copied names from in multitudes. This reinforces my point. But Twilight is more recently popular.
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Jul 8, 2017
(28)
To be fair that might be related to the fact that these are boy's names, lol
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Jan 23, 2014
(44)
Uhh, don't you hate it when you take all that time typing out He who Shall not be Named and it doesn't work? I tried Voldemort and You Know Who, but still no luck...
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Mar 29, 2015
(28)
Me too
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Jul 25, 2016
(61)
I tried U.S. presidents, kings of England, and people I know.
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Mar 18, 2017
(20)
I'm surprised Samuel wasn't on here...
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Jan 3, 2013
(14)
Same
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May 13, 2013
(30)
That's my name!
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Aug 9, 2015
(72)
I also used the British royal family and all their kings. Got a few there.
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Jan 4, 2013
(26)
You did that too? It's so useful! (:
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Aug 31, 2013
(41)
Clarence?!CLARENCE?!
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Jun 11, 2013
(71)
Clarence possibly became popular in the 1890s and early 1900s because of Queen Victoria's grandson, Prince Albert Victor, who was the Duke of Clarence. He was an heir to the throne, in line after his father who later became King Edward VII. Albert was engaged to be married, and his untimely death in 1892 was a shock. (Imagine if Prince William had succumbed before his marriage to Kate.)
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Mar 29, 2015
(49)
Hahahaha the only reason I got it is because it's my middle name so i decided to just try and see if it was there
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Mar 29, 2015
(7)
What About James
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Aug 7, 2013
(71)
James is on the list.
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Mar 29, 2015
(15)
How'd I miss william?
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Nov 14, 2013
(27)
I did the same thing, and then said the same thing when I saw the answers. After all the Williams I've known!
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Jun 27, 2016
(41)
Don't feel bad. I missed it too.
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Jul 10, 2017
(34)
Don't know how I could have missed Christopher. Every other boy in my graduating class (1985) was named Chris. (We also had a truckload of Steves and Mikes.)
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Dec 17, 2013
(23)
First names of the president helped me out
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Feb 8, 2014
(17)
38/66, not too bad! awesome quiz, loved it
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Feb 17, 2014
(61)
It says something about consistency - this one was out of 66, the girls quiz was out of 111.
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Mar 11, 2014
(16)
Accept charlie for charles please!
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Apr 1, 2014
(23)
I used favorite musicians' names (all Beatles are there and 2 members of Queen) and friends and relatives' names as well :)
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Apr 9, 2014
(30)
not ringo
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Apr 29, 2014
(40)
Ringo's real name is Richard Starkey
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Mar 29, 2015
(20)
when you type in bill and bob and william and robert show up: ohhh right...
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Apr 18, 2014
(47)
There's actually quite a surprising difference between these names and popular ones in Britain. Really surprised not to see Samuel, Ben, Nathan, Luke, names like that
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May 1, 2014
(19)
Is it possible to accept Mathew for Matthew?
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Jan 3, 2015
(15)
really surprised Cody, Nathan, and Corey are not on here.
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Feb 18, 2015
(36)
Ditto, and no Peter, Ben or Sam? I don't even know a Clarence or Paul....
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Feb 21, 2015
(21)
How do you not know a Paul?
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May 5, 2017
(17)
CLARENCE???!!!???
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Mar 27, 2015
(55)
I'm in high school, so I was thinking about everyone in each of my classes in addition to characters from my favorite TV shows and movies and first names of the presidents. I am very surprised that Peter is not on this quiz.
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Mar 29, 2015
(59)
I knew that in the first half of the 20th century there would be mostly English names. I expected the recent decades to have more immigrants' names, such as Muhammad (Arabic) and Carlos (Spanish, Latin American). But it turned out, they don't put native names, instead everyone started taking names straight from the bible (Jacob, Joshua, Ethan, Noah, Elijah).
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Mar 29, 2015
(69)
Really? No Peter?
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Mar 29, 2015
(41)
+1
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Jun 16, 2017
(64)
I was surprised too.
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Jul 8, 2017
(66)
2020: Pee-tah, Kermit, Frappuccino, Instagram.
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Mar 29, 2015
(57)
perhaps Logan is already a variation of Log-In
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Mar 30, 2015
(60)
Oh God please no.
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Nov 18, 2015
(15)
should have gotten more of these
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Mar 30, 2015
(22)
Why is Bob accepted for Robert?
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Mar 31, 2015
(22)
And Jack accepted for John?
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Mar 31, 2015
(69)
Because these are common nicknames for those names
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Apr 10, 2015
(30)
I missed: James, David, Daniel, Mark, Andrew, Joseph, Charles, Frank, Henry, Timothy, Brian, Kevin, Ryan, Donald, Justin, Eric, Jeffrey, Kenneth, Gary, Larry, Brandon, Scott, Jeremy, Jerry, Walter, Raymond, Arthur, Mason and Dennis. You scored 37/66 = 56%. This beats or equals 55.3% of test takers. The average score is 38. Your high score is 37. IF I GOT ONE OF THESE I WOULD'VE GOTTEN THE AVERAGE! ERR!
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Aug 9, 2015
(26)
thanks for all the free answers
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May 27, 2016
(47)
dude thanks for all the free answers don't know how I missed some of these
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Jul 6, 2016
(42)
Jayden, Aiden, Elijah, oh god what's next, Gaylord?
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Oct 19, 2015
(69)
Elijah is fine. It's a good solid Biblical name. But the others... I don't know what depths they were spawned from.
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Nov 24, 2015
(57)
Some mentioned using fictional characters from books, friends names or musicians. I also try actors.
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Jan 22, 2016
(45)
And, unsurprisingly, it helps to run through the disciples.
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Mar 13, 2017
(43)
I'm surprised there are no Hispanic names in 2010, or do those count as the English equivalents?
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Feb 29, 2016
(57)
The information probably comes from the social security website, which only counts legal citizens. They keep a list of the top names for each year
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Dec 21, 2016
(30)
^ not sure if you meant for this to be a joke xD
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Feb 2, 2017
(63)
What is quite stunning for me are the huge differences from decade to decade, both here and in the other similar quizzes for the UK etc. Do parents just choose random names? I guess this may sound like a silly question, but in my country it is a tradition to name children after their grandparents, so I am wondering if people do anything similar in any other country...
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Feb 14, 2017
(36)
Shoutout if your name made it on here. Mine did :0
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Mar 13, 2017
(41)
What is your name? I'm a girl. And my first name isn't on the girl version of this quiz, my middle name is.
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Jun 16, 2017
(23)
"Gangster? His real name's Clarence"- Eminem (8Mile)
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May 10, 2017
(68)
Wait, Jack doesn't count for Jackson? Jon works for Jonathan and even John, so I didn't bother going past Jack.
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May 16, 2017
(49)
Can you accept Aidan for Aiden?
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Jun 2, 2017
Okay
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Jun 5, 2017
(32)
needs more time.
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Jun 28, 2017
(55)
Every single one of my uncle's names are on the list. My grandparents aren't very original
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Jul 8, 2017
(27)
Harold and Harry are the same name. Fun quiz overall though. I missed a couple whoppers.
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Jul 8, 2017
(11)
Jeez, I used a lot of Pokemon and Marvel names to help me....
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Jul 9, 2017
(11)
I have failed General Grievous for not knowing to put the name Matthew
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Jul 9, 2017
(22)
I worked through U.S. presidents, my family and friends, authors, musicians, actors, etc. Still only got 33...
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Jul 20, 2017
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