As I’m sure you’ve seen elsewhere, the 2008 baby name data is out. Localizing the story as any good journalist must do (ElvisNews.com: “Don’t get all shook up, but Elvis fell from 673 in 2007 to 713 in 2008”), I have to inform you “Patrick” has fallen again. The name has dropped from #116 in 2007 to a rough #127 in 2008, its worst mark since 1928. Meanwhile, “Cooper” has risen again to a record, from #96 in 2007 to #92 in 2008. Once again, Cooper Patrick is the new Patrick Cooper.
One of my favorite visualization tools, here’s NameVoyager’s chart of Patrick usage per million babies. Dive in and do your own lookups.