According to BabyCenter’s annual list of the 100 most popular baby names, “Reagan” was the fifty-fourth most popular female baby name this year.
Linda Murray, global editor-in-chief of BabyCenter, said on the “Today” show Thursday that the name Reagan saw a 46 percent increase in popularity in 2012, a change she believes was influenced by this year’s political fervor.
Murray also said that the names Nixon (not ranked) and Lincoln (no. 99 on the list of top boys’ names) had gained in popularity, although she said she thought the sudden popularity of the name Nixon was probably not related to a change in the popularity of former President Richard Nixon (what “Watergate” didn’t make the 2012 list?!). Rather she said she suspected couples’ attraction to the name came from the popularity of the brand Nixon.
In a shout out to former Presidents JFK and Jimmy Carter, Murray noted that the names “Kennedy” and “Carter” were also hot in 2012. Carter came in at no. 25 on the list of top boys’ names and Kennedy was ranked 78 on the list of girls’ names. (Amazing how four years under President Barack Obama makes Americans year for the days of Carter.)
Speaking of President Obama, Murray claimed that the name “Barack” had actually decreased in popularity this year. However, so did the names Mitt, Joe and Paul, which is either an indication of Americans’ overall political fatigue or proof positive that the names Barack and Mitt and are just plain weird – a conclusion that most of us had already arrived at.