Jennifer spent 26 years in the top 10, from 1966 to 1991. Fifteen of those years, from 1970 to 1984, were in the top spot.
My guess is that this Jennifer is primarily responsible for the name's initial popularity.
- 1943. Academy Award for Best Actress, The Song of Bernadette
- 1944. Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, Since You Went Away
- 1945. Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, Love Letters
- 1946. Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, Duel in the Sun
The first wave of Jennifer backlash. The book was published in 1988. Various editions are available in LINKcat.
Fear of Jennifer. (Baby Name Wizard, 2/14/2006)
It currently ranks #163, so apparently not every parent is running. The name Jennifer has become a symbol of over-popularity, the emblem of a conformist age. It's the name that today's parents are all running away from.
As for Jenny, she has consistently appeared on the list of popular baby names for 133 years. Her average ranking is 424. Her best performance: 108 in 1977, during Jennifer's run of #1 years. At her current rate of decline, Jenny is likely to fall off the chart in the next year or two.
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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)