You Have to See This Map of the Most Popular Baby Girl Names in America from 1950 to 2018

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If you ask us, 2023 is the year of Asa. But what about all the baby names we’ve loved and latched onto (then swiftly left in the dust, sorry Sondra) over the years?

Don’t worry, because they’ve all been memorialized in this fascinating map posted by @thehumanityarchive, which shows the most popular baby girl names in the United States from 1950 to 2018, plus how they’ve changed over time.

So, who reigned supreme in the last 50 years? Unsurprisingly, it was Mary for at least a decade…until Lisa planned her strategic takeover in the mid-’60s. Honorable mentions go out to Jennifer, Jessica, Ashley, Hannah, Emily, Madison and Isabella (among others).

And FYI, if you really want to do a deep dive, the SSA has an entire searchable database of the most popular baby names in the U.S. by state, year, decade and more.

And if you’re now petrified that your baby girl will have the same name as six other Avas in her class, don’t sweat. We have plenty of uncommon name suggestions to pick from.

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