Admittedly, my  name is a bit different.  Well, not the name so much as the spelling.

I have to spell my name constantly, and even so, people still get it wrong.  Or they just don't even try and spell it the traditional way.  Rebehka vs Rebecca, or vs Rebekah, all my life.  That's fine.  It just  means I don't see my name on a popular list of whatever babies are being born that year.  No keychains for me at the amusement park.

But it also meant I had to change my spelling to even play this little game!  It's nothing serious, just for funsies.  It is kinda neat though, here's how it works. Time Magazine has this feature on their website where you can enter in your name, year you were born, etc. Just first names, no breaches of security  ner nothin.  Then, it determines where you name is on the list of popular names for this year, and compares the two.  For example, the year I was born - 1979 - my name (or the common spelling of it that is) was the 17th most popular girl name.  So it compared my name with the 17th most popular name this year, Sofia.  So, if I was born today, I might have been born Sofia!

Turns out they also compare the name popularity all the way back to 1880.  So I could have been Ella in 1880.  My 1920's name is Shirley. My 2010 name is Avery.  That makes sense, I'm such an Ella Shirley Avery kinda gal.  Anyways, it's fun to see what names were popular back in the day as opposed to now.  Ella isn't an odd name to hear even nowadays, so I guess names like that stay popular over the years.

You can see what your today name would be here.

Namingly yours,

KEEP READING: Here are the most popular baby names in every state

Using March 2019 data from the Social Security Administration, Stacker compiled a list of the most popular names in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C., according to their 2018 SSA rankings. The top five boy names and top five girl names are listed for each state, as well as the number of babies born in 2018 with that name. Historically common names like Michael only made the top five in three states, while the less common name Harper ranks in the top five for 22 states.

Curious what names are trending in your home state? Keep reading to see if your name made the top five -- or to find inspiration for naming your baby.

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