'Donald' sinks in baby name rankings in 2016

Kyodo News

Posted at May 20 2017 11:58 AM

NEW YORK -- The popularity of the first name "Donald" declined sharply in 2016, a year that saw a contentious U.S. presidential campaign drag out to an electoral win by one Donald Trump.

The name dropped to 488th place in 2016, as compared to 443rd the year before, on an annual list of the 1,000 most popular U.S. baby names released by the Social Security Administration recently.

Laura Wattenberg, founder of the parenting website BabynameWizard.com, said that in general, parents don't want to give their children names that might attract controversy, including ones of political figures, according to the Associated Press.

"Even parents who are huge Donald Trump supporters are unlikely to name their child Donald," she said. "In part, we just want to avoid controversy in picking names."

Prior to its recent plunge, the name Donald had been consistently waning in popularity since its all-time high in 1934, when it was at the sixth spot on the list.

Meanwhile, the name "Hillary" has not appeared on the top 1,000 names list since 2008, when Hillary Clinton ran for the White House for the first time and lost in the Democratic primaries to Barack Obama. Clinton became her party's nominee in 2016 in her second bid for the presidency but was defeated by Trump on the Republican side.

The top 10 names for boys were Noah, Liam, William, Mason, James, Benjamin, Jacob, Michael, Elijah and Ethan, while the most popular first names for girls were Emma, Olivia, Ava, Sophia, Isabella, Mia, Charlotte, Abigail, Emily and Harper.