We’ve just welcomed a new grandchild into our world – hello, Robin Grace Spilman. Which made me play around the internet looking at the most popular girls’ and boys’ names over the last century, and come across a surprise. The name Mary was the most popular in the USA from colonial times, through the nineteenth century right up to 1946. Then it was replaced by another name, which took first place from 1947 to 1952. Have a few seconds, minutes or hours guessing what that name might be (you won’t get it) and then look here.
In passing, last year Mary was the 123rd most popular name for newborn American girls, way behind Brittany, Tiffany and Melody. Behind Jordyn and Kaitlin. Behind London. Sigh. I guess it’s a generation thing.