December 5, 2012
Why Don’t Parents Name Their Daughters Mary Anymore?

So what does the Mary trend mean? First, it’s the growing cultural value of individuality, which leads to increasing diversity. People value names that are uncommon. When Mary last held the number-one spot, in 1961, there were 47,655 girls given that name. Now, out of about the same number of total births, the number-one name (Sophia) was given only 21,695 times. Conformity to tradition has been replaced by conformity to individuality. Being number one for so long ruined Mary for this era.

Read more. [Image: 20th Century Fox]

Why Don’t Parents Name Their Daughters Mary Anymore?

So what does the Mary trend mean? First, it’s the growing cultural value of individuality, which leads to increasing diversity. People value names that are uncommon. When Mary last held the number-one spot, in 1961, there were 47,655 girls given that name. Now, out of about the same number of total births, the number-one name (Sophia) was given only 21,695 times. Conformity to tradition has been replaced by conformity to individuality. Being number one for so long ruined Mary for this era.

Read more. [Image: 20th Century Fox]

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  12. houseoforange said: Mary always reminds me of the Virgin Mary. It sounds way too religious to me.
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  14. thedevotedfriend said: And yet every other girl at my school is named Mary. Figures at a Catholic university.
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  18. ghost-of-algren said: why would you use that movie still for a story about baby names?