Baby Names

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Choosing a name for your baby is scary. It’s a decision that is likely permanent. And everyone you ask seems to have an opinion.

More importantly, you can choose a name and then just be unlucky. Think of all the parents who named their daughters Monica in the early 1990s. The number of new baby Monicas was cut in half from 1997 to 1999.

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The Social Security Administration distributes data on baby names by year. If you dig around, you can find many instances like this one. Before 9/11, for instance, there were about 50 babies born each year with the name Osama. After 9/11, that name nearly disappeared.

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You can see something similar with the name Adolph after the Second World War.

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None of us are safe from this type of problem. Unless your name is entirely unique, there’s always a chance that it will become infamous. Just ask the pre-1997 Monicas.