The Name ‘Donald’ Hit Record Low Popularity In 2020



Should you’re planning on naming your child Donald, there’s a stable likelihood he’ll be the one Donald in his class.

Based on the Social Safety Administration’s newest checklist of standard child names, the recognition of “Donald” noticed an enormous decline within the yr 2020. The title fell 55 locations, from the 555th hottest title for boys in 2019 to the 610th final yr ― its lowest-ever rating on the annual checklist, which dates again to the 1880s.

Donald now ranks slightly below Axton, Dariel, Marvin and Brycen. Final yr, solely 444 newborns have been named Donald, in comparison with 507 in 2019, 539 in 2018 and 602 in 2017.

Donald peaked in reputation within the yr 1934, when it was the sixth-most standard title for child boys. That yr, 30,408 boys (and 110 ladies) have been named Donald.

Since then, the title has adopted a common sample of decline, although it received a slight bump from No. 489 to No. 485 in 2017, the yr President Donald Trump took workplace. The next years, nevertheless, noticed a return to the downward development, and 2020 marked its steepest ever decline.

Presidents’ names typically lower in reputation throughout their administrations. Such was true of Ronald through the Reagan period, Richard within the time of Nixon, Gerald beneath Ford and George beneath H.W. Bush. The title Lyndon noticed a lift in 1964, the yr after he took workplace, however it tanked for the rest of Johnson’s time in workplace.

As a result of the SSA information solely contains names given to 5 or extra newborns in a given yr, the title Barack didn’t seem on it till 2007, when 5 child boys have been named Barack. That quantity peaked at 71 in 2009 earlier than usually declining all through the remainder of Obama’s presidency.

The name Barack rose in popularity once then-Sen. Barack Obama became a national figure, but the number of babies given that name declined throughout much of his presidency.

The title Barack rose in reputation as soon as then-Sen. Barack Obama grew to become a nationwide determine, however the variety of infants on condition that title declined all through a lot of his presidency.

Simply as Donald continues to fall in reputation, the names of some Trump members of the family dropped down the checklist as properly. Final yr, the title Tiffany plummeted 96 spots from No. 696 to No. 792, and Eric went from No. 176 to No. 198. The title Jared — that of the previous president’s son-in-law and senior adviser — fell seven spots from No. 361 to No. 368.

Though Melania was one of many quickest rising names child names for ladies in 2017 — when it ranked No. 933 — the title subsequently fell off the High 1,000 checklist. In 2020, 190 child ladies have been named Melania, down from 208 in 2019 and 233 in 2018.

Two outliers, nevertheless, are the names Ivanka and Barron. In 2020, 106 child Ivankas have been born, up barely from 95 in 2019 and 97 in 2018. However the title nonetheless hasn’t reached its peak in 2017, when 165 child ladies have been named Ivanka.

Final yr, 134 child boys have been named Barron, up from 107 in 2019 and 121 in 2018. Like Ivanka, the title nonetheless hasn’t returned to its 2017 peak, when 136 Barrons have been born.


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