The popularity of different names come and go over the years. Some hold strong for years on end, while others see a spike in popularity for just a short burst before dying down.
It can be nice to have a popular name because you will always be able to find souvenir keychains and mugs with your name on them. However, it can also be really frustrating when you grow up with three other Emilys in your class and you have to either pick a nickname or forever be referred to by your first name and last initial.
As you can tell, I was one of those kids. My mom really liked the name Emily, and at the time, it wasn't a very popular name. But apparently, that's what thousands of other parents thought in 1998, so I ended up with one of the most popular names of the late 90s and early 2000s.
I know those of you with the name Jose, Ashley, and Michael feel my pain.
Whether the popularity of a name spiked due to a celebrity, movie, song, or other influence, it is amazing to see just how long some names remain at the top for so long.
I went to Social Security Online to see what the most popular baby names have been over the years. Their database goes back as far as 1960 and is based on the Social Security card applications from each year.
Here are the most popular baby names in Texas from 1960 to 2020: