I came across the annual list of most popular baby names for 2004. Interestingly enough, my name, as well as my brother's and both my sisters' names, make the top ten for our respective genders.
The "Madison" craze (#3 and holding) has got to stop, though, and I feel somewhat responsible for the meteoric rise of the "Ethan" phenomenon (#5 and rising) in the late '90s and early '00s.
It's also interesting to check out the popular names that are apparently popular everywhere but around you. Personally, I know no one named Olivia, Isabella, or Hannah, and, truth be told, the two girls I knew in high school who had babies named Ethan . . . well, I've never met them, either, which means the only Ethans I know are on TV. But, like, everywhere on TV.
Still, I have to give props to my Mom on this lovely Mother's Day, for having the foresight to give her children names that would be so solidly entrenched in the American mainstream, even some two decades-plus after the fact. For your prescience in nomenclature and so much more, Mom, happy Mother's Day.
*Two-to-one odds Mom doesn't read this anyway. My flippant use of "douchebag" in the previous entry may have chased her off for good.*