No, it’s not what you think. Not Emma, not Sophia, not Emily, not Ava (or even “Eva, pronounced Eeeeeeva”). Not Elizabeth or Barbara or Sandra or Nancy or Carolyn. This name bested old standbys like Mary, Carol, and Joan; cultural influencers like Sharona (“My Sharona”), Madison (Splash), Bella (Twilight), and Khaleesi (Game of Thrones); and celebrity lapses in judgment like Dream (Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna), Blue (Ivy: Bey and Jay; Angel: U2’s The Edge), and Apple (Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin).
The trendiest girls’ name in the history of our country is…drumroll…
That’s right. Biotechnologist David Taylor used an analytical chemistry technique and data from the U.S. Social Security Administration Database to measure a name’s peak popularity, as well as the length of time it dominated the charts.
At her most popular, 5.48 percent of all the baby girls born in a year were given this name. Her reign, according to Taylor, lasted a solid 31 years (compare that with, say, Betty, whose popularity spanned 49 years but who, even in her prime, was only given to 3.4 percent of girls). So congrats, Linda—you do you, and never change.