Looking at a parents magazine, I was amazed to find that the 4th most popular name for girls in 2001 was Madison. This amazed me. I don’t know anyone male or female named that. Further web research revealed it’s been in the top 10 list of names for girls for a few years now – but only a few.
A quick glance at the social security web site http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/NOTES/note139/1997/note139.html
shows that it’s not in the top 10 AT ALL from 1880 until 1997, when it arrives at #7.
My questions: why did the last name of a U.S. president become a hip name for girls? (Am I going to see little girls named Nixon soon – [no Bush jokes, please]?) and what happened in 1997 to make people start naming their daughters it?