This is where the Patrick comeback begins

Good news, people. Fantastic news. Not fantastic in an outright or Oxford-definition fantastic way, but on a relative scale, fantastic, really. For the first time since 1994, “Patrick” has increased in baby-name popularity.

Those were different days then, when Patrick went from 44 to 42. But in 2012, according to Social Security data, Patrick jumped from 143 to 142. This leap wasn’t enormous. But Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was any comeback. One game at a time. One foot in front of the other.

Last year, Patrick had its worst showing since 1925. I’m taking this win.

How did we do it? I’m going to say hard work and ingenuity. We’re giving it all we’ve got day-in, day-out, and people are seeing how we’re hanging in and keeping our focus. They like that. They say, “Those Patricks, they’re fighters. They’re lovable feisty underdogs. And they’re awfully personable and good-looking. And we — the people who name babies — want that.”

I’d also like to thanks Jesse for dropping to 153, Caden for dropping to 152, Axel for dropping to 160 (let’s be honest, you never deserved it), Joel for dropping to 145, Alejandro for dropping to 148, and a host of others for falling or limiting their rise just the right amount. I owe you big time.

Previously in this blog:
The declining Patrick birthrate? It could be worse
Patrick’s worst showing since 1925
As New York goes, so goes Patrick?
Patrick: The bleeding continues
Cooper Patrick still trouble for Patrick Cooper
Through the looking glass, and what Patricks found there
-2003: Patrick popularity declines

The saddest trends always begin with a boring headline. Reversal time.

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