Babycenter has the records of the most popular baby names since 1880. Think you know what they are? Let's test your skills!
That's right — Isabella was the top girls' name in 2009, followed by Sophia at #2, Abigail at #11, and Mia at #14. Famous Isabellas include Isabella Rossellini and Isabella of Aragon, not to mention our favorite sulky teen-turned-vampire.
Yup — Michael was followed closely in 1991 by Matthew at #3, Ryan at #11, and Robert at #13. But the popular moniker reigned supreme for decades — just like one late entertainer who is perhaps the most famous Michael of all.
Totally! Jessica was the 2nd most popular girls' name in 1982, behind Jennifer. Heather fell at #12, Tiffany at #13, and Ashley at #17. Famous Jessicas include Jessica Lange and Jessica Simpson. If you were a child of the 80s, you definitely knew one!
Though Brian was big at #8, Daniel at #11, and Eric at #13, Jason was the #2 most popular in 1972, behind Michael. (Told you it reigned supreme!) We adore the Jasons Bateman and Derulo, but perhaps the most iconic Jason we can think of is the one behind the hockey mask!
Indeed, it was Lisa which topped the list in 1967. Tammy followed at #8, Elizabeth at #13, and Donna at #19. Famous Lisas include Lisa Kudrow and Lisa Vanderpump, but we know a fictionally fashionable one who'd be thrilled her name topped the trends!
Yup — James was actually the #1 most popular boys' name in 1953! Thomas came close at #8 with Gary and Donald following behind at #10 and #13, respectively, but baby boomers were naming their boys "James" in droves! It fell four spots by the time Van Der Beek came around in 1977, but it was still a popular choice!
That's right — Carol rounded out the top five baby girl names in 1945 behind Mary, Linda, Barbara, and Patricia. Sandra was #6, Susan was #10, and Marilyn was #27, but Carol stayed in the top ten for the next five years. We think ladies named Carol tend to be pretty groovy, yes?
Yep — Long before the birth of WWE superstar John Cena, John was an extremely popular name, coming in at #3 in 1938 behind Robert and James. George and Edward were #11 and #13, respectively, but Earl fell way down the list at #50, and was thrown in just for fun!
Yep and yep — Betty was the third most popular girl's name in 1926, behind Mary and Dorothy. It had jumped three spots since 1922, when our favorite Golden Girl — Betty White! — was born, and was just ahead of Helen at #4. Doris was #7 that year, and Rose was #25.
Indeed, William came in at #2 in 1911 behind John, which was the "Michael" of the early 20th century, TBH. Walter and Harry took the 12th and 13th spots that year, but unlike our favorite prince as of late, the name Harry hasn't quite had its comeback yet.
Totally! Anna was the #3 girl's name at the turn of the century, and way ahead of Lilian at #10, Grace at #17, and Clara at #19. And here's guessing everyone with the name was as charming and funny as Anna Kendrick even then!