Baby names: Then and now

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This week we saw two celebrity babies born -- Sunday, daughter of Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, and Levi, son of Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves. We hardly even blinked at the somewhat unusual names, because by celebrity standards, they're pretty tame.

Up until the 1950s, popular baby names were pretty stable. In fact, Mary and John were the most popular names for a girl or boy for over 70 years. But in the 50s and 60s, parents started to get a little more creative. Live Science has a list of the top 10 baby names then and now. You still won't find Bluebell Madonna, Everly Bear, or even Apple on the list, but you can see that -- especially for girls -- names have changed considerably.The top five most popular names for boys and girls in 1950 were:

1. James / Linda
2. Robert / Mary
3. John / Patricia
4. Michael / Barbara
5. David / Susan

And today?

1. Jacob / Emily
2. Michael / Isabella
3. Ethan / Emma
4. Joshua / Ava
5. Daniel / Madison

I wonder what the list will look like in another 50 years. Will those old fashioned names come back into style? What about you? Did you look at the popular baby names list before you named your little one?
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