Charlotte, Olivia, Amelia – they’re certainly popular names at the moment. But they don’t even come close to the trendiest name of all time.
That honour goes to none other than Linda, a ranking which sure came as a surprise to us.
Yes, Linda experienced a surge in popularity so great in one year, one in every 20 baby girls in the US were given the name.
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Biotechnologist and blogger David Taylor crunched the numbers and presented them on website Proofreader. To come up with the trendiest name, Taylor looked at which names had the sharpest rise and decline coupled with the greatest height in popularity.
He found that in 1947, the name Linda skyrocketed in popularity to make up for a whopping 5.5 per cent of girls in the US.
Other trendy names over the years have been Brittany and Ashley, peaking in the 1980s and 90s, Debra, reaching popular heights in the 1960s, and Shirley in the 1930s (no doubt thanks in part to child star Shirley Temple).
As for the root of Linda’s popularity, well Taylor attributes that to a hit song of the same name by musician Jack Lawrence, which topped the charts in 1947.