Six or seven years ago, before I retired from the newspaper racket, I wrote a feature piece on baby-naming trends in America. The more I researched the subject, the more I was fascinated by it.
For example, let’s compare the top ten lists for the decade in which I was born (the 1940s) with the lists for the first decade of this century:
In my time, the most popular boys’ names were, in order: James, Robert, John, William, Richard, David, Charles, Thomas, Michael and Ronald. For girls, they were: Mary, Linda, Barbara, Patricia, Carol, Sandra, Nancy, Sharon, Judith and Susan.