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WHAT'S IN A NAME?
BY Jim Cosgrove
November 11-17, 2001 Issue | Posted 11/11/01 at 2:00 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
2nd: Catherine (or Katherine)
3rd: Amy, Maria (tie)
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