Sunday, December 23, 2007

The popularity of "Monica" 

Bird Dog at Maggie's Farm wonders whether the popularity of the name "Monica" has declined since it achieved a certain notoriety in presidential affairs. As it were. Well, it has. The source for name popularity is NameVoyager, which displays the relative frequency (in the United States) of just about any name over the last century or so. "Monica," as it turns out, has been in secular decline since its peak during the Carter administration, but it has indeed become substantially less popular in the last decade.

Distribution of Monica

Draw your own conclusions.


By Blogger Gary Rosen, at Sun Dec 23, 05:41:00 PM:

My conclusion is that the popularity of the name was dropping for a long time before Clinton and the Oval Office rug activities didn't change things much.  

By Blogger Donald Douglas, at Sun Dec 23, 11:19:00 PM:

Such a nice name too!  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Dec 24, 11:27:00 AM:

I'd note that the name "Chad" also seems to have taken a precipitous drop in recent years.  

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