Saturday, November 30, 2013

Anna, a Model of Consistency Through the Years

Unlike her two other counterparts considered in this post, Anna enjoyed a period of extreme popularity for a long stretch of time -- 18 years at #2 (1880-1897), 41 years in the top 10 (1880-1920).  In addition, she has spent only 10 years out of the top 100 since 1880.  Her popularity experienced a recent resurgence, with a run of 12 years (1999-2010) in the top 30.

Ann and Anne followed similar trajectories from 1880 to the mid-1920s, at which point they followed close, parallel paths for another 30 years.  Since then, they've both shown a decline in popularity, Ann in particular.  She was poised to fall off the chart in 2011 but moved up 37 places in 2012.  Anne has made a similar rebound since 2010 -- 42 places.

As far as the Warren Area High School class of 1968, Ann(e) was much more likely to be used as a middle name.  
  • Anna Anderson
  • Gloria Ann Anderson
  • Rose Ann Armagost
  • Amelia Ann Baker
  • Nancy Ann Barney
  • Cheryl Ann Blum
  • Sherri Ann Bookwalter
  • Barbara Anne Culbertson
  • Sally Ann Davis
  • Monica Ann Falbriski
  • Rebecca Ann Ferguson
  • Rebecca Ann Gleason
  • Cynthia Ann Huber
  • June Ann Jackson
  • Denise Ann Johnson
  • Kathy Ann Klunder
  • Linda Ann Knepp
  • Ruth Anne Kohler
  • Jennifer Anne Kusse
  • Teresa Anne McCullough
  • Patricia Ann Moore
  • Nancy Ann Morse
  • Shirley Ann Niederer
  • Mary Ann Pappalardo
  • Ronalie Ann Parker
  • Christie Ann Peterson
  • Judith Ann Repine
  • Patti Ann Reuff
  • Heidi Ann Ruhlman
  • Ruth Anne Sampson
  • Deborah Ann Samuelson
  • Jodee Ann Scalise
  • Cathy Anne Seigle
  • Penelope Ann Shattuck
  • Rebecca Ann Sheckler
  • Catherine Ann Teconchuk
  • Phyllis Ann Valone
  • Margaret Ann Wright

Post inspired by Ann Sothern -- or, more specifically, the fact that my wife had the kitchen TV tuned to one of Sothern's Maisie movies earlier today.

Other baby name posts:
Rubies and Pearls.  (11/29/2013)
The Lucy and Ethel synchronized dive.  (11/28/2013)
The George Burns and Gracie Allen line graph.  (11/27/2013)
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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