Top Baby Names of 2007
A couple of weeks ago while at a friend’s birthday party, I found myself making small talk with the screenwriter for the hit 80s movie, Splash. Bruce Jay Friedman had no idea (seriously) that the name Madison had risen to be one of the most popular girl’s names of the 90s and this century, having been in the top ten since 1997. Only now is the name falling in popularity with a current rank of five rather than *cough* number three.
As a tween, I remember watching Splash in the theater and hearing Madison for the first time. Being a New Yorker, it was extra bizarre to accept it as a name. Now, though Madison is as ubiquitous as the data suggests. And, not just literally on the streets of New York.
Looking at the social security data, Madison was not even in the top 1000 girls’ names in 1984, the year the movie was released. By 1985, the name was ranked at 628, followed by a ranking of 366 the next year. In baby name terms, that kind of jump is very impressive, and according to Wikipedia, it’s phenomenal. And Splash is the sole reason attributed to the name’s meteoritic rise, which apparently was a very popular name amongst boys until the early 50s.
According to the Social Security Administration, here is the most recent list of popular baby names:
Top 10 Names for 2007