The Most Common Unisex Names In American History

Kids have been teasing boys named Tracy for decades now.

1. This chart put together by Flowing Data shows the distribution of unisex names in America between 1930 and 2012.

2. 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.

3. Most of us, however, don’t have unisex names.

4. (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?)

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