Six decades of the most popular names for American girls, state by state. via.

14 responses to “Jennifer”

  1. Bryan says:

    The Lisas had a hell of a run, though.

  2. Dave says:

    That is so great. Like mapping the spread of different flu strains.

  3. Rachel says:


  4. Mister Smearcase says:

    The Ashley-Jessica wars of the 1980s were a dark period of strife and brutality in our nation’s history.

  5. LP says:


    woot woot, etc.

  6. Bryan says:

    Here’s a great follow-up. Looks like Lisa and Jennifer really had some heavy lifting to do in order to unseat Mary.

  7. Lisa says:

    Lisa Lisa Lisa

  8. Lisa Parrish says:

    LT! My favorite other Lisa!

  9. Farrell Fawcett says:

    Mister Smearcase thank you for my favorite comment of recent memory. And Bryan, for posting this awesome map that I cant. stop. staring. at.

  10. LP says:

    For your edification and pleasure, here is the map of boys’ names.

    The moment when Jose takes over in Texas (1996) is the moment the Republicans’ brains started to melt.

  11. swells says:

    Looking state-specifically and 18 years back (I’ve always loved tracking naming trends from 18 years ago by watching my rosters change). Surprised by the reign of Daniel starting in California in 1995 . . . now I know to expect a full Danielnado for the next several years in my classes.

  12. ssw says:

    I always wondered why people called me Jennifer. Now I know. Lisa, I totally thought of you when I saw this come out. LISA LISA LISA! And, thanks for the boy link. i feel balanced now.

  13. LP says:

    We had four Lisas in my third-grade class, so my teacher insisted on calling me by my given name, Elizabeth. I hated her.

  14. LP says:

    Plus, 11: “Danielnado”!