• Jennifer Abella

The rise and fall of Anne and Frederick (and other baby names)


Do you know a Frederick, Anne or Jane? Statistics from the United States and England and Wales show all three names have waned in popularity over the years. Of course, the databases we checked don’t go quite as far back as Austen’s lifetime. But here’s a look at the top 20 popular baby names from 1904 and 2014 — the earliest and latest years, respectively, for which figures were available for both the United States and England and Wales.

(U.S. figures are available as far back as 1880. That year in the United States, Frederick was 33rd most popular name for boys; for girls, Jane ranked 88th and Anne was 120th.)



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