Baby Name Timeline

Baby Name Timeline

Welcome to the Baby Name Timeline — an ever-growing timeline of baby names influenced by historical events. All the names on the timeline saw sudden changes in usage that can be correlated to specific moments in history (particularly pop culture history!).

Here are links to each decade:

This timeline is a work in progress! Currently, it features over 4,200 baby names, and over 42% of those names are linked to explanatory blog posts.

Finally, some specifics…

  • The “changes in usage” I’m focusing on are:
  • Names that had a “change in usage” that spanned several years are listed on the timeline once, under (what I thought to be) the most appropriate year.
  • Names that saw multiple “changes in usage” due to different influences (Billiejean, Sheena) are listed on the timeline multiple times.
  • I’m sticking to the original spelling of each name, except in cases where parents simply made plurals singular (like making “Shirelle” from “Shirelles”).

If you know of a name that I’ve forgotten to include somewhere, please get in touch!