Parents Aren’t Naming Their Sons ‘Donald’ Anymore As the Name Becomes More Unpopular Than Ever
The name “Donald” dropped 39 spots on the 2018 list of most popular baby names, which was released by the U.S. Social Security Administration on Friday.
The name moved from the 487 most popular spot in 2017, to 526 in 2018, the lowest ever ranking for “Donald” in the agency’s annual list. In total, there were 533 babies born named Donald in 2018.
The name’s popularity has been slowly declining since 1934 when it peaked as the sixth most popular name for baby boys. The name did see a popularity spike between 2016 and 2017, however, moving up from the 489 spot to 487.
It’s not clear the drop has anything to do with Donald Trump, who was elected in 2016.
In 1980, Donald was extremely popular at the number 53 spot with more than 6,200 babies given the name.
The name “Melania” — the name shared by the first lady — entered the most popular baby names list for the first time ever in 2017, with 283 babies being given the name that year.
Between 2017 & 2018, the name Donald fell 39 places, from 487th most popular baby name 4 boys to 526th ― its lowest ever ranking in the annual SSA lists dating back to 1880s. Here's how the names of the other Trump family members fared in 2018 https://t.co/2iiF36ZMPO
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Overall, the top five names for girls in 2018 were Emma, Olivia, Ava, Isabella and Sophia, while the top five names for boys were Liam, Noah, William, James and Oliver.
The list ranks the 1,000 most popular baby names of boys and girls each year based on names from Social Security card applications for births that year. The list includes data for births that occurred in the United States dating back to 1879.