Within the next few years, it’s very possible that the baby name Jubilee will enter the girls’ top 1,000:
- 2015: 229 baby girls named Jubilee [rank: 1,117th]
- 2014: 167 baby girls named Jubilee [rank: 1,382nd]
- 2013: 156 baby girls named Jubilee [rank: 1,440th]
- 2012: 160 baby girls named Jubilee [rank: 1,424th]
- 2011: 104 baby girls named Jubilee [rank: 1,918th]
- 2010: 94 baby girls named Jubilee [rank: 2,101st]
Though Jubilee is seeing a good amount of birth-certificate usage these days, it only began popping up in the U.S. baby name data relatively recently, in 1975:
- 1977: 6 baby girls named Jubilee
- 1976: 8 baby girls named Jubilee
- 1975: 9 baby girls named Jubilee [debut]
- 1974: unlisted
- 1973: unlisted
I don’t think that year is a coincidence; it lines up perfectly with one of the Roman Catholic Church’s more recent jubilee years.
Speaking of special Roman Catholic years…the church has also celebrated a total of two Marian years, the first of which was in 1954. That year, the baby name Marian saw a sharp rise in usage and nearly returned to top 100:
- 1956: 1,249 baby girls named Marian [232nd]
- 1955: 1,497 baby girls named Marian [208th]
- 1954: 4,014 baby girls named Marian [104th]
- 1953: 1,366 baby girls named Marian [217th]
- 1952: 1,246 baby girls named Marian [221st]
The other Marian year lasted from mid-1987 to mid-1988 and had no effect on the name.
Which of these two names do you prefer, Jubilee or Marian?
Update, 10/22/2020 – I spoke too soon regarding Jubilee! Turns out peak usage was in 2015-2016 — likely because of the Catholic Church’s “Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy” that was announced in early 2015 and lasted from late 2015 to late 2016. After that, usage began dropping: