It’s not an amazing revelation to say that the popularity of certain names grow and decline over time. It’s part of the reason why there aren’t many Ethels or Jebediahs ordering coffees at Starbucks. However it seems like it’s impossible to walk down the street without meeting an Andrew or an Ashley. Names are like memes: everyone thinks they’re unique but in reality three million people already shared your “original idea.”

Want proof? Here’s a list of the most popular girls names in each state from 1960 to 2012.

List of most popular girls names by state per year


Should we blame Vietnam or Watergate for the 1970s deluge of Jennifers?