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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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level 77
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 7
Oct 31, 2012
You did that too?
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level 43
Sep 30, 2014
The same for me, I even tried Neville and Seamus .... sadly it didn't work :b
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level 48
May 11, 2015
Same here :) Another good source is Gilmore Girls - Logan, Richard...
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level 70
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 5
Aug 14, 2012
I did the same thing
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level 47
Sep 6, 2013
and i did :')
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level 70
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 38
May 3, 2013
But Jacob was #1 in 2000, long before Twilight came out.
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level 72
May 14, 2014
You just proved his point. Twilight is derivative (as if we didn't already know).
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level 70
Mar 29, 2015
And then the book's popularity reinforced and enhanced the popularity of the name Jacob.
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level 45
Apr 20, 2017
Because...you know, everyone named their kids after people in Twilight.
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level 41
Jun 16, 2017
I hate the name Jacob. It's disgusting.
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level 66
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 70
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 28
Jan 23, 2014
To be fair that might be related to the fact that these are boy's names, lol
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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 28
Jul 25, 2016
Me too
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level 61
Mar 18, 2017
I tried U.S. presidents, kings of England, and people I know.
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level 20
Jan 3, 2013
I'm surprised Samuel wasn't on here...
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level 14
May 13, 2013
Same
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level 36
Aug 9, 2015
That's my name!
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level 72
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 41
Jun 11, 2013
Clarence?!CLARENCE?!
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level 72
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 56
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 7
Aug 7, 2013
What About James
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level 72
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 41
Jul 10, 2017
Don't feel bad. I missed it too.
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level 34
Dec 17, 2013
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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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 60
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 23
Apr 9, 2014
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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level 30
Apr 29, 2014
not ringo
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level 40
Mar 29, 2015
Ringo's real name is Richard Starkey
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level 20
Apr 18, 2014
when you type in bill and bob and william and robert show up: ohhh right...
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level 47
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 15
Feb 18, 2015
really surprised Cody, Nathan, and Corey are not on here.
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level 36
Feb 21, 2015
Ditto, and no Peter, Ben or Sam? I don't even know a Clarence or Paul....
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level 21
May 5, 2017
How do you not know a Paul?
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level 17
Mar 27, 2015
CLARENCE???!!!???
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level 69
Sep 2, 2017
"Atta boy, Clarence!" - said in a Jimmy Stewart voice, with a wink up at the sky.
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level 55
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 70
Mar 29, 2015
Really? No Peter?
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level 41
Jun 16, 2017
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level 65
Jul 8, 2017
I was surprised too.
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level 66
Mar 29, 2015
2020: Pee-tah, Kermit, Frappuccino, Instagram.
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level 57
Mar 30, 2015
perhaps Logan is already a variation of Log-In
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level 60
Nov 18, 2015
Oh God please no.
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level 11
Aug 1, 2017
2050: Pepe,YOLO, Memelord,Lenny
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level 15
Mar 30, 2015
should have gotten more of these
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level 23
Mar 31, 2015
Why is Bob accepted for Robert?
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level 23
Mar 31, 2015
And Jack accepted for John?
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level 70
Apr 10, 2015
Because these are common nicknames for those names
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level 68
Aug 28, 2017
As is Liam for William
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level 36
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 26
May 27, 2016
thanks for all the free answers
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level 47
Jul 6, 2016
dude thanks for all the free answers don't know how I missed some of these
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level 41
Oct 19, 2015
Jayden, Aiden, Elijah, oh god what's next, Gaylord?
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level 70
Nov 24, 2015
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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level 57
Jan 22, 2016
Some mentioned using fictional characters from books, friends names or musicians. I also try actors.
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level 45
Mar 13, 2017
And, unsurprisingly, it helps to run through the disciples.
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level 43
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 57
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 30
Feb 2, 2017
^ not sure if you meant for this to be a joke xD
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level 64
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 38
Mar 13, 2017
Shoutout if your name made it on here. Mine did :0
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level 41
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 23
May 10, 2017
"Gangster? His real name's Clarence"- Eminem (8Mile)
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level 68
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 38
Jun 28, 2017
needs more time.
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level 55
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 35
Jul 8, 2017
Harold and Harry are the same name. Fun quiz overall though. I missed a couple whoppers.
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level 11
Jul 9, 2017
Jeez, I used a lot of Pokemon and Marvel names to help me....
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level 11
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 17
Aug 19, 2017
only 16. for some reason i just forgot so many names...
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