My dad sent me the recent WSJ story, “New York Baby Names: Parents Stick With Jayden, Isabella.” Dad’s sole comment? “Only 75 Patricks.”
Yes, it was more bad news for babies named Patrick. My first name had held steady this year when the Social Security Administration released its statistics: 129th place among boys. And as we knew, for Patrick as a first name, steady was the new up. NameVoyager told a sad story:
As bad, Cooper as a first name rose again, from 84th to 76th. I had nothing against people named Cooper, except in relation to Patrick:
With the new year arriving, I had high hopes for Patrick babies in ’12. But this new data from NYC revealed deep trouble in U.S. metros. My name tumbled from 116th place in 2009 to 138th place in 2010. I tied with Shlomo. In 2010, there were 75 new babies named Patrick and 75 new babies named Shlomo. In contrast, at the top of the ’10 list, there were 817 Jaydens (not counting the 215 Jadens and 94 Jaidens) and 745 Ethans. Patrick was also beaten by, among others: Aiden, Lucas, Tristan, Oliver, Menachem, Chase, Luca, Leonardo, Erick, and Yehuda.
Elsewhere, Mohamed tied Muhammed, finishing just ahead of Jesus.
I don’t want to have to take things into my own hands. I don’t want to make the name Patrick famous, cool and admirable by doing awesome public things. But I guess that’s what I’m going to have to do in 2012.