The most popular names of the 1900s? For boys, John, William and James
and for girls, Mary, Helen and Margaret.
In the 1950s? For boys, James, Michael and Robert and for girls - Mary, Linda and Patricia.
The Top names for 2005, just released this summer (based on the name database of the Social Security Administration which has tracked the top 1,000 most popular names for boys and girls since 1879 in their Popular Baby Names Registry): Boys -- Jacob, Michael, Joshua, Matthew, Ethan, Andrew, Daniel, Anthony, Christopher and Joseph. Girls - Emily, Emma, Madison, Abigail, Olivia, Isabella, Hannah, Samantha, Ava and Ashley.
Dropping out of the top ten this year: William and Elizabeth.
James and John, Jason and Robert were top ten boys' names in 1980. The girls' list of top ten has changed even more than the boys. Girls' names on the top ten list in 1980 but no longer on the top ten list today: Jennifer, Amanda, Melissa, Nicole, Amy, Heather and Sarah.