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10 Most Popular Baby Names of All Time


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Patricia and John

While they sound like a cute couple from County Cork, John and Patricia are the second most popular names of the last century. From the 1930s-50s, Patricia consistently ranked in the third and fourth spots. While that may seem low, the more than 1.5 million Patricias born beat out Elizabeth by 100,000 baby girls.

Like Elizabeth, Patricia has great nicknames, ranging from Pat and Patty to Tricia and Patrice. Coming from the Latin word for "noble," Patricia may be dignified but hasn't been trendy in recent decades. Famous Patricias include Patty Hearst -- the infamous kidnapping victim, actress Patty Duke, author Patricia Cornwell and singer Trisha Yearwood.

John Doe is often used as the symbolic, everyman name – and it's no wonder with close to 5 million Johns born in just the last century. This name, meaning "God is gracious" should also mean "copy me" because there have been Johns as far back as there have been people, ranging from John the Baptist to Pope John Paul II.

Famous Johns from the last century include J.D. Rockefeller, the first American billionaire, Jackie Robinson, the first African-American baseball player in the big leagues, U.S. president John F. Kennedy, mobster John Gotti and Beatle John Lennon. Of course, you can't forget John Hancock, the first signer of the Declaration of Independence, whose name has become synonymous with signatures.

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