This is pretty neat - can anyone pin down any possible cultural reasons for the boom in certain names for short periods.
It is indeed interesting, especially how state trends overlap the national thread, but regional variations (North-West, New England, South) are significant.
For very obvious reasons, last year I did some research on names (meaning, origin, popularity, etc), but of course it was for Italy, so the threads are very different.
For the record, while the most common names for the whole population in Italy are still the old-fashionate Giuseppe
for men, and Maria
for women, the most common baby names in Italy in the last 10 years are Francesco
for boys, and Giulia
for girls. Foreign names are a growing trend (especially English names, so it's not something specific to the immigrant population), but I'm a bit wary of them: sometimes they sound cool, but more often than not they are just awkward, and end up being horribly mangled by Italian speakers.
When we were choosing the name of the kid, each of us had a few favourites (Alessandro
, to say a few), but we were also looking for a name that was short, simple, common but not overwhelmingly popular. Dario was not on our mind at first, but it started to grow on us, and in the end we were very pleased with the selection. (It doesn't sound either too cute or too stuffy, it's easy to pronounce, has a nice meaning, and translates well in other languages.)