The Most Common Unisex Names In American History

Kids have been teasing boys named Tracy for decades now.

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Some takeaways:

- Even a unisex name gradually becomes more male or female.

- There are subtle spikes tied to cultural events, like when "The Little Mermaid" was released (Ariel) or when Jackie Robinson entered the major leagues.

(You'll note a spike in 1992, which Flowing Data attributes to the sudden spurt of people named "Taylor." (After Taylor Hayes The Bold and the Beautiful?)