Top Wisconsin baby name: “Baby”?

In early 1910s, about 40% of the over 60,000 babies born annually in Wisconsin were not named at birth, so they had “no official name on the state records.” This fact led one newspaper to joke:

The most popular name for babies; what is it?

Official records show it is simply “Baby.”

This was followed by a reminder to choose and register baby names as soon as possible.

Source: “‘Baby’ Most Popular Given Name in State.” Milwaukee Sentinel 5 Nov. 1915: 1.

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