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U.S. Baby Boy Names by Year Quiz

For each year, guess the most popular names for baby boys born in the United States.
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Last updated: September 3, 2018
First submittedJuly 25, 2012
Times taken182,808
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2016
2010
2000
1990
1980
1970
Noah
Jacob
Jacob
Michael
Michael
Michael
Liam
Ethan
Michael
Christopher
Christopher
James
William
Michael
Matthew
Matthew
Jason
David
Mason
Jayden
Joshua
Joshua
David
John
James
William
Christopher
Daniel
James
Robert
Benjamin
Alexander
Nicholas
David
Matthew
Christopher
Jacob
Noah
Andrew
Andrew
Joshua
William
Michael
Daniel
Joseph
James
John
Brian
Elijah
Aiden
Daniel
Justin
Robert
Mark
Ethan
Anthony
Tyler
Joseph
Joseph
Richard
Alexander
Joshua
William
Ryan
Daniel
Jeffrey
Oliver
Mason
Brandon
John
Brian
Scott
Daniel
Christopher
Ryan
Robert
Justin
Jason
Lucas
Andrew
John
Nicholas
William
Kevin
Matthew
David
Zachary
Anthony
Ryan
Steven
Aiden
Matthew
David
William
Eric
Joseph
Jackson
Logan
Anthony
Jonathan
Nicholas
Thomas
Logan
Elijah
James
Kyle
Jeremy
Eric
David
James
Justin
Brandon
Andrew
Daniel
Joseph
Joseph
Alexander
Jacob
Timothy
Timothy
 
 
 
 
 
 
1960
1950
1940
1930
1920
1910
David
James
James
Robert
John
John
Michael
Robert
Robert
James
William
James
James
John
John
John
Robert
William
John
Michael
William
William
James
Robert
Robert
David
Richard
Richard
Charles
George
Mark
William
Charles
Charles
George
Joseph
William
Richard
David
Donald
Joseph
Charles
Richard
Thomas
Thomas
George
Edward
Frank
Thomas
Charles
Donald
Joseph
Frank
Edward
Steven
Gary
Ronald
Edward
Richard
Henry
Timothy
Larry
George
Thomas
Thomas
Willie
Joseph
Ronald
Joseph
Paul
Harold
Thomas
Charles
Joseph
Larry
Frank
Walter
Walter
Jeffrey
Donald
Jerry
Jack
Paul
Albert
Kevin
Kenneth
Kenneth
David
Raymond
Paul
Kenneth
Steven
Edward
Kenneth
Donald
Harry
Daniel
Dennis
Paul
Raymond
Henry
Arthur
Paul
Paul
Michael
Harold
Arthur
Harold
Donald
Stephen
Gary
Walter
Albert
Raymond
Brian
George
Frank
Billy
Jack
Clarence
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level 84
Aug 3, 2012
Harry and Ron worked out, but sadly no Hermione.
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level 44
Aug 3, 2012
Ah, we use the same strategy, Harry Potter provides a wealth of names...
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level 44
Sep 30, 2014
The same for me, I even tried Neville and Seamus .... sadly it didn't work :b
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level 55
May 11, 2015
Same here :) Another good source is Gilmore Girls - Logan, Richard...
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level 76
Sep 7, 2015
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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level 77
Feb 4, 2013
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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level 80
May 14, 2014
You just proved his point. Twilight is derivative (as if we didn't already know).
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level 77
Mar 29, 2015
And then the book's popularity reinforced and enhanced the popularity of the name Jacob.
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level 51
Apr 20, 2017
Because...you know, everyone named their kids after people in Twilight.
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level 39
Jun 16, 2017
I hate the name Jacob. It's disgusting.
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level 70
Jul 8, 2017
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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level 77
Jul 8, 2017
^ 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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level 77
Oct 29, 2017
^ actually one of my name's is, too.
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level 44
Mar 29, 2015
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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level 67
Mar 31, 2018
Tom works though :D
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level 28
Jul 25, 2016
Me too
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level 65
Mar 18, 2017
I tried U.S. presidents, kings of England, and people I know.
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level 76
Jan 4, 2013
I also used the British royal family and all their kings. Got a few there.
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level 26
Aug 31, 2013
You did that too? It's so useful! (:
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level 38
Jun 11, 2013
Clarence?!CLARENCE?!
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level 76
Mar 29, 2015
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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level 66
Mar 29, 2015
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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level 62
Sep 2, 2018
This comment by Seals is my favourite on Jetpunk!
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level 62
Oct 3, 2018
You can do better than that.
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level 7
Aug 7, 2013
What About James
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level 76
Mar 29, 2015
James is on the list.
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level 15
Nov 14, 2013
How'd I miss william?
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level 27
Jun 27, 2016
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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level 39
Jul 10, 2017
Don't feel bad. I missed it too.
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level 23
Feb 8, 2014
First names of the president helped me out
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level 17
Feb 17, 2014
38/66, not too bad! awesome quiz, loved it
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level 58
Mar 11, 2014
It says something about consistency - this one was out of 66, the girls quiz was out of 111.
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level 16
Apr 1, 2014
Accept charlie for charles please!
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level 62
Oct 3, 2018
Yes, Charlie is a common nickname for Charles.
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level 51
May 1, 2014
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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level 19
Jan 3, 2015
Is it possible to accept Mathew for Matthew?
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level 17
Mar 27, 2015
CLARENCE???!!!???
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level 70
Sep 2, 2017
"Atta boy, Clarence!" - said in a Jimmy Stewart voice, with a wink up at the sky.
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level 62
Mar 29, 2015
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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level 59
Mar 29, 2015
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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level 77
Mar 29, 2015
Really? No Peter?
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level 39
Jun 16, 2017
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level 63
Jul 8, 2017
I was surprised too.
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level 49
Mar 8, 2018
I thought I misspelled my own name.. nope.. sigh
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level 70
Mar 29, 2015
2020: Pee-tah, Kermit, Frappuccino, Instagram.
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level 59
Mar 30, 2015
perhaps Logan is already a variation of Log-In
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level 58
Nov 18, 2015
Oh God please no.
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level 14
Aug 1, 2017
2050: Pepe,YOLO, Memelord,Lenny
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level 62
Oct 3, 2018
YEET
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level 14
Mar 30, 2015
should have gotten more of these
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level 21
Mar 31, 2015
Why is Bob accepted for Robert?
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level 21
Mar 31, 2015
And Jack accepted for John?
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level 77
Apr 10, 2015
Because these are common nicknames for those names
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level 71
Aug 28, 2017
As is Liam for William
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level 77
Apr 5, 2018
I can't speak for the younger generation, but I know when I was growing up nobody in the United States named William was called Liam. They would have been called Bill or Will or Willy or Billy or just William. I don't think most Americans would think of Liam as a nickname for William, but instead as a separate distinct name. I could be wrong. More recently than when I was a child, starting approximately around 2006 or 2007, there seemed to be this trend in the US amongst young people to start giving themselves unusual nicknames based on some other random and arbitrary portion of their name. e.g. instead of Christopher becoming Chris... it would be "Topher." Instead of Brittany become "Brit" it would be.. "Tanny." etc. I started hearing lots of odd ones around that time. Run in to the same thing in the Philippines. They like odd names over here.
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level 18
Jun 30, 2018
Liam is the Irish form of William.
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level 23
Apr 4, 2019
Every Bob I know, their name is Robert.
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level 43
Aug 9, 2015
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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level 44
May 27, 2016
thanks for all the free answers
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level 48
Jul 6, 2016
dude thanks for all the free answers don't know how I missed some of these
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level 62
Jun 10, 2019
really guys... If you want the the answers just press "give up" then you see them all at once... Or open a website for most popular babynames...

really what is the point of taking this quiz by copying the answers.. (Now if there was some grand prize to win for those that get the most points on this site or something, I would still find it stupid, but atleast get the motivation.. in this case there is nothing to gain from cheating..)

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level 39
Oct 19, 2015
Jayden, Aiden, Elijah, oh god what's next, Gaylord?
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level 61
Jan 22, 2016
Some mentioned using fictional characters from books, friends names or musicians. I also try actors.
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level 51
Mar 13, 2017
And, unsurprisingly, it helps to run through the disciples.
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level 45
Feb 29, 2016
I'm surprised there are no Hispanic names in 2010, or do those count as the English equivalents?
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level 66
Dec 21, 2016
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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level 28
Feb 2, 2017
^ not sure if you meant for this to be a joke xD
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level 68
Feb 14, 2017
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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level 77
Apr 5, 2018
Naming traditions in the USA used to be more conservative but lately they are not. Names for babies are like fashion trends that come in and out of style. Once a name becomes very popular then people stop favoring it because it's overexposed. Kids still get named after grandparents and odd family relatives, but I think it's more common that this will become a middle name than a first name. There's also the fact that the United States is not a homogenous place. They have lots of different people from lots of different backgrounds living there. Finally I think people from smaller less populous countries with less globally dominant cultures often feel some obligation to preserve their culture, language and traditions for future generations. Americans rarely feel any such pressure. They choose names that they like.
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level 62
Jun 10, 2019
Huge differences??? There could be 20x12= 240 different names on here, but there are only 71 !! Each column is nearly the same, only some slight differences.

I think in many places names have been very unoriginal and limited, sometimes even with brothers of the same name. That has become less and less and I think around 2000 (there is no abrupt line but by then it was a majority) people started naming their kids original things. I think part of it is, religion in most places does not dictate everyday life anymore so biblical names and naming after saints becomes less. plus the world has become much "bigger" definitely with internet but also because almost everyone has a car now. Nobody normal would use to see the world beyond their town, so traditions and family were a bigger thing. Not that they dont matter now, but it used to be all encompassing.

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level 42
Mar 13, 2017
Shoutout if your name made it on here. Mine did :0
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level 39
Jun 16, 2017
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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level 62
Jun 10, 2019
"geography" is on there?? I guess it gets listed under george :)
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level 23
May 10, 2017
"Gangster? His real name's Clarence"- Eminem (8Mile)
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level 76
May 16, 2017
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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level 50
Jun 2, 2017
Can you accept Aidan for Aiden?
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level ∞
Jun 5, 2017
Okay
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level 57
Jun 28, 2017
needs more time.
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level 57
Jul 8, 2017
Every single one of my uncle's names are on the list. My grandparents aren't very original
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level 62
Jun 10, 2019
I think the originality started about 1 (2 if you are young) generation ago. I think my parents generation were the first that started to give not so oldfashioned names.
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level 37
Jul 8, 2017
Harold and Harry are the same name. Fun quiz overall though. I missed a couple whoppers.
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level 62
Jun 10, 2019
No, Harry comes from Henry which comes from Hen(d)rik/Heinrich. Which comes from the roots of home (heim) and ruler (like latin rex and regis. The same part is used in Frederick and Richard).

Harold comes from the roots for army (here (not pronounced as the english word here but more like herre) and rule/power (wald, compare wield)

So definately not the same name. Of you course people can gives other people any nickname they want. (Some people give others random names, like calling every new person in class bob or something eventhough they are called mitchell) But Harold and Hen(d)rik are two distinct names.

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level 14
Jul 9, 2017
Jeez, I used a lot of Pokemon and Marvel names to help me....
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level 14
Jul 9, 2017
I have failed General Grievous for not knowing to put the name Matthew
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level 28
Jul 20, 2017
I worked through U.S. presidents, my family and friends, authors, musicians, actors, etc. Still only got 33...
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level 62
Jun 10, 2019
I went biblical, then (for the ones I didnt have yet) english kings, then american president, but that didnt help me much, Cause I dont know too many and lincoln and obama werent on the list :P Then I think I tried thinking of writers ( and singers ) but I couldnt think of many haha.
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level 49
Oct 29, 2017
Here's a little fun: I was entering Ronald -- for which Ron is enough, but keep typing and it gives me Al! Now my question: am I wrong thinking William should trigger Liam?
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level 35
Jan 13, 2018
I missed my own name. It only made it twice so it wasn't that dumb of me not to guess it.
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level 5
Jan 21, 2018
I thought of kids in my grade cause there is alot of them with common names
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level 7
May 11, 2018
why my name Aiden has 26%
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level 22
May 14, 2018
Why are boy names so much easier???
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level 50
Aug 12, 2018
Forgot Andrew, Raymond and Arthur. Surprised Peter, Fred, Muhammed, Sam weren't there
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level 44
Oct 6, 2018
I find it rather interesting that boys names have less diversity then girls. girls had about 113 different names, while boys had 71.
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level 69
Feb 1, 2019
I have been thinking a lot about this. It is much more common in western culture to name a son after a father, grandfather, etc.
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level 62
Jun 10, 2019
I think maybe they want something "pretty" for the girls names, so divert a bit from the beaten path and want to be creative. While for guys known names show strength ( naming after kings and rulers etc)
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level 53
Jan 25, 2019
What's the frequency, Kenneth?
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level 29
Feb 26, 2019
I forgot my own name. *face palm*
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level 43
May 2, 2019
Can I suggest you accept the Mathew spelling of Matthew with only the one T as its a common alternative spelling.
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level 36
Aug 14, 2019
Frustrating to type in Gerald and then see Jerry on there... Oh well!