Can guess the decade when these baby names were most popular?

Can you remember the most popular name in your school?

Think back to all your schoolmates. If you were in school in the 1960s and 1970s, odds are you were surrounded by a bunch of Marys. You might be a Mary yourself. It was a massively popular name for babies in the 1950s and 1960s… not to mention the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s.

On the boys' side, James dominated for much of the mid-20th century. 

But what about other names? We're going to give you a popular baby name. Can you guess when it was most popular, according to the Social Security Administration? To make it easier — kind of — you only have to guess the decade.

  1. In what decade was Jennifer the most popular girls name — every single year?
  2. When was Linda the most popular girls name in America?
  3. In what decade was Tyler a top five name for baby boys?
  4. In what decade was Lisa the most popular name for baby girls?
  5. In what decade was Angela a top five name for baby girls?
  6. In what decade did Jason peak as the second most popular name for baby boys?
  7. What were the only two years in which Donna was a top five name for baby girls?
  8. When did Ava peak in popularity?
  9. In what decade was John the most popular boys name in America?
  10. In what decade did Heather peak in popularity?
  11. In what decade was Ruth a top five name for girls?
  12. Finally, what was the most popular name for boys in every year of the 1970s?

Can guess the decade when these baby names were most popular?

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LindaWilliams 2 days ago
Can guess the decade when these baby names were most popular?
You got 7 out of 12
One day you can tell your grandkids, Emma and Liam, your score. (Those are the most popular names of recent years, you see.)
Debra 4 days ago
10/12 I missed Linda and Jason.
daDoctah 4 days ago
Do you pronounce it "ma-REE-ah" (say it loud and there's music playing) or "ma-RYE-ah" (like they call the wind)? How do you solve a problem like that?
Tlor 4 days ago
10/12 missed 3 and 5, funny I thought my husband's grandma was named Angela and she
certainly wasn't from the 70s. Actually I had an great Aunt with that name too, go figure.
my grands are named Alyssa, Christopher and Anthony :-) all 90s kids
Runeshaper 6 days ago
You got 6 out of 12
One day you can tell your grandkids, Emma and Liam, your score. (Those are the most popular names of recent years, you see.)

That was actually pretty tough LOL
Utzaake 8 days ago
9/12. 6, 8 and 10. And if I ever have a son, I think I'm gonna name him...JODO OR AKIRA, ANY DAMN THING BUT MICHAEL OR JOHN! THOSE NAMES ARE TOO ORDINARY!
Tlor Utzaake 4 days ago
I know absolutely anyone named John, its not in any school I have been in, so John would be the new Tyler :-)
MeAgain65 8 days ago
9/12 isn't bad for a quiz like this one.
Muleskinner 8 days ago
5/12. The 70s and 80s messed me up. 😩
MrsPhilHarris 8 days ago
8/12 I thought I would have aced it.
Big3Fan 9 days ago
What? No Moon Unit or Dweezil? 9/12
Catman Big3Fan 9 days ago
I was a little freaked out when Grace Slick named her daughter China back in the day, but now I know 2 kids named China and Chyna.
Jeremy 9 days ago
I thought I was going to fail miserably on this here quiz but eight correct answers out of twelve cannot be all bad.
harlow1313 9 days ago
I'm disappointed that Ponyboy never charted.
Catman harlow1313 9 days ago
Clem also failed to make the cut, as did Griselda, Percival and Salome.
harlow1313 Catman 7 days ago
No bird of grace ever lit on Auntie Grizelda.
GeoRubik harlow1313 5 days ago
Or Sodapop and Two-Bit.
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