The presidential candidates often brag about their numbers, but here’s one neither is likely to trot out: baby name ranking.
Both “Hillary” and “Donald” have hit record lows among U.S. parents, according to data from the Social Security Administration. In 2015, only 136 babies were given the name Hillary and 690 infants became Donalds, both are far from their record highs in the thousands.
Hillary has dramatically decreased in popularity since Bill and Hillary Clinton’s years in the White House. The name hit peak popularity in 1992, when Bill Clinton was elected and 2,528 babies were named Hillary. (Seven were listed as male.)
Since then, there’s been a sharp drop.
In telling the story of how she became Hillary, Clinton in 1995 said she was named for Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to summit Everest. However, the climber rose to fame in 1953, six years after Clinton was born in Chicago. A Clinton spokeswoman walked back the story in 2006 in an interview with The New York Times:
“It was a sweet family story her mother shared to inspire greatness in her daughter, to great results I might add,” the spokeswoman said.
In the 1950s, the name Donald was among the 100 most popular names for boys born in the U.S. In 1956, more babies than ever were given the name — 28,289. But by 1970, the number had dropped to 12,467.
Since then, its popularity has decreased steadily, reaching a record low last year of 690. The name has been usurped by the far more popular Noah, which was the top boy’s name in 2015 with 19,511 babies.
As for the current president? Only eight U.S. babies were given the name last year.
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