The declining Patrick birthrate? It could be worse

For years in this blog, I’ve warned America about the alarming drop in babies named Patrick. In 2011, the latest year for which data is available, Patrick fell to #143 among boys, its worst showing since 1925, behind names like Victor, Preston and even Axel. But this week, I learned the situation could be worse, much worse. I could be named Hilary or Hillary.

That name is “the most poisoned baby name in U.S. history,” according to the analysis of a stats scientist named Hilary Parker. Her long, data-heavy blog post is here. She finds Hillary Clinton directly responsible. She also is a huge fan of Clinton’s. Whatever your politics, you can’t dispute the math.

Thanks for the link going to Lori, whose first name peaked in 1963 at #8 among girls. It then declined nearly every year until it finally dropped out of the top 1000 in 2002. The way names cycle in popularity, I’m predicting the comeback for her name in 2020 and for mine in 2035 — unless either one of us becomes famous for awesomeness and boosts the name earlier.

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