The Most Popular Baby Names Throughout History

There’s a lot of thought that goes into choosing a name for a baby. While some names have been used for centuries, others only stick around for a few years. As time has gone by, parents have started using some pretty outlandish names for their children. Read on to see some of the most popular baby names of all time.

1921: John & Mary

Going back about a century, the Official Social Security Website reported that the most common baby names were John for males and Mary for females.

woman holding a baby in the 1920s
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One of the biggest historic moments of 1921 was the release of the first full-length comedy film. Charlie Chaplin wowed audiences with his movie, The Kid.