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Here Are The 20 Most Popular Baby Names In Virginia – Now And Then

What’s in a name? Shakespeare said “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” meaning, of course, that a name is just an arbitrary label. On the other hand, some researchers believe the a name has significant developmental and psychological importance as names can influence stereotypes and adult identities.

In looking at baby naming trends in Virginia, it is, first and foremost, fun to see what names are at the top. Some names have dominated in the state for years (I’m looking at all you “Emma”s out there.) Others are new to the top 20 list. What’s even more fun is to look back and see how these names compare to the most popular names in Virginia 50 years earlier. How much have names changed us, really?

The following list shows the top 20 baby names for girls and boys based on the Social Security Administrations‘ social security card applications for babies born in 2014, followed by the top names in each ranking from 1964, based on the same data.

Looking at the how much names have changed over the years, you have to wonder if names do, in fact, have any influence. How do YOU think names shape us as people? How about the most popular names – do you think this is a pretty accurate representation? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

Anna Strock
Virginia staff writer for Only in Your State, freelance writer and journalist. Even though Anna has lived other places, somehow Virginia is where she always seems to land.