Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The George Burns and Gracie Allen Line Graph

I suppose I should open this post with an *, as George Burns was born as Nathan Birnbaum. 

Gracie, on the other hand, was born as Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen.  Three middle names.

On my dad's side of the family, it was standard practice to give a child 2 middle names:

  • Ford George Herman
  • Anna Svea Cecelia
  • Stella Amelia Sophia
  • Signe Elenore Theolinda
  • Lila Genevieve Marie
  • Ruth Sigrid Theresia
  • Carl Everett Reinhold

Social Security Administration Popular Baby Names

George experienced a long and successful run.  58 years in the top ten (1880-1937), 26 years in a row at #4 (1884-1909).  Since his drop out of the top 20 in 1950, he has experienced an average decline of slightly more than two positions per year.

Grace was also a popular name in the waning years of the 19th century and into the 20th century.  By the late 1970s, however, she had fallen to nearly 400 in the rankings.  At this point, she accomplished a very impressive reversal and now stands in almost the same place where she did 133 years ago.

Other baby name posts:
Rick, Dick & Rich -- but above all, Richard.  (11/26/2013)
When Jennifers rules the world.  (11/24/2013)
Ralph and Alice part ways in 1988. (11/23/2013)
Now Appearing in a Colorful Line Graph -- The 6 Jans.  (11/23/2013)
Which Do You Prefer: Catherine/Cathy or Katherine/Kathy?  (11/22/2013)
Just when you thought he was going, going, gone, Eugene bounces back.  (11/21/2013)
Sidney swings both ways.  (11/21/2013)
Popular baby names:  Nancy (1880-2012).  (11/17/2013
Madge: Off the chart even when she was an advertising icon.  (11/16/2013)
Cindy: Not Always a Nickname for Cynthia (Since 1938).  (11/15/2013)
Lizabeth:  There's only one reason why this name made the list.  (11/14/2013)
Paul and Paula:  1954 was their very best year together.  (11/14/2013)
Bonnie and Clyde take a dive together.  (11/13/2013)
Joseph demonstrates more staying power than Mary.  (11/12/2013)
The popularity of Elizabeth as a baby name:  1880-2012.  (11/12/2013)
The popularity of William as a baby name.  (11/12/2013)
The popularity of Thomas as a baby name.  (11/11/2013)
Susan is losin' popularity.  (11/11/2013)
The popularity of Robert as a baby name: 1880-2012.  (11/10/2013)
The popularity of Denise as a baby name:  1926-2012.  (11/10/2013)
The popularity of John as a baby name:  1880-2012.  (11/9/2013)
The popularity of Sheila as a baby name:  1917-2002, 2003-2004.  (11/9/2013)
The popularity of James as a baby name: 1880-2012.  (11/7/2013)
The popularity of Michael as a baby name: 1880-2012.  (11/7/2013)
The popularity of Sherry as a baby name:  1926-1995.  (11/7/2013)
Friends choose 15th and 16th most popular baby names for their unexpected twin boys.  (11/3/2013) 
Destiny Hope Cyrus's impact on popular baby names for girls.  (10/15/2013)
There really was something about Mary.  (9/22/2013)
"Gone With the Wind" and baby names.  (11/27/2011)
The baby names list, 1900-1999.  (5/11/2010)

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