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Subject: Lindsey through the decades -- not the best name for a guy today
Author: Nanaea   (Authenticated as Nanaea)
Date: February 26, 2001 at 9:28:46 AM
Reply to: Re: Name Change by Phyllis
Hey, Phyllis -- cool to see you're a Fleetwood Mac fan! :)

Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac may have been comfortable with being a Lindsey way back when, but the name "Lindsey" today in the U.S. (and most likely in Canada, too, where our friend is posting from) is generally perceived as being a popular girls' name. :)

A search of the U.S. Social Security Administration's actuarial notes on name popularity revealed the following:

In the 1940s (Lindsey Buckingham was born in 1949), the names "Lindsey" and "Lindsay" were listed as #940 and #987 respectively among the Top 1,000 Male Names. They didn't even appear on the Top 1,000 Female Names list back then.

From the 1950s right through the 1960s, they were still listed among the Top 1,000 Male Names and were completely absent from the Top 1,000 Female Names.

But by the 1970s, both "Lindsey" and "Lindsay" suddenly shot to positions number #328 and #200 respectively on the Top 1,000 Female Names list -- while only "Lindsey" still remained somewhere near the bottom of the Top 1,000 Male Names list.

By the 1980s, "Lindsey" and "Lindsay" were #44 and #47 among the Top 1,000 Female Names -- and "Lindsey" as a male name was still near the bottom of the Top 1,000 Male Names list.

By the 1990s, "Lindsey" and "Lindsay" had dropped to positions #64 and #100 on the Top 1,000 Female Names list, and "Lindsey" had completely disappeared from the Top 1,000 Male Names list.

Last year, the name "Lindsey" was in position #95 among the Top Female Names in the U.S. -- but definitely not to be found among the Top Male Names.

So, with all due respect to Lindsey Buckingham, I still wouldn't give a boy-child the name of "Lindsey". :)

-- Nanaea

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