27 Emilys

by Jon Henshaw

CNN reported that “for the 10th year running, Emily is the most popular name for infant girls in the United States, according to figures being released this Mother’s Day weekend from the Social Security Administration.” The most popular name for infant boys is Jacob.

This reminds me of my wife’s experience growing up. She was surrounded by girlfriends named Jennifer. She identifies well with Mike Doughty’s song, 27 Jennifers. Her best friend and most of her good friends were named Jennifer, and even when she went to college, some of her best friends were named Jennifer. Was she simply drawn towards girls named Jennifer, or did she not have a choice, because similar to how Emily will be, she was surrounded by them?

Emily and Jacob are obviously very fine names, even if they’re supposedly diluted in America. However, if you’re interested in finding a more unique name, I encourage you to do what my wife and I did and peruse FamilyResource.com’s Baby Names section. It has over 10,000 names to pick from.

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