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WHAT'S IN A NAME?

BY Jim Cosgrove

November 11-17, 2001 Issue | Posted 11/11/01 at 1:00 PM

 

FROM THE LATE 1800s to about 1950, Mary was the most common name for American girls, both Catholic and non-Catholic. By the 1960s, the name slipped to second place. Now, among those raised Catholic, it's in 47th place, though the form Maria is still popular.

FAVORITE NAMES FOR CATHOLIC CHILDREN

GIRLS

1st: Jennifer

2nd: Catherine (or Katherine)

3rd: Amy, Maria (tie)

BOYS

1st: Michael

2nd: Christopher

3rd: John