Name timelines

babyWe all know that baby names go in and out of fashion.  But recently, the website fivethirtyeight.com looked at Social Security Administration records going back to the 1880s, to determine the median age of people with different first names.

The results?  The oldest female names are Gertrude (median age 80), Mildred, Opal Beulah, Myrtle and Blanche (77), Florence and Mabel (76).  The “oldest” list also includes Agnes, Ethel, Viola, Thelma, Bessie, Lula, Nellie, Bernice, Dolores, Elsie, Dorothy and Gladys.

The youngest, trendiest new baby names for girls: Ava (median age 5), Isabella, Lily, and Mia (6), Chloe and Sophie (7), Kaylee, Gabriella, Zoe and Ella (8).  Also on the youngest list: Isabelle, Hailey, Alexa, Emma, Madison, Abigail, Amelia and Olivia.

The average median age of men named Elmer is 66, and the next oldest is Willard, at 65.  The median Fred, Harold and Bob are 64, while your average Harry, Herbert and Harvey are 63.  Also on the oldest man’s name list list are Bill, Eugene, Norman, Jimmie, Wallace, Clyde, Gene and Herman.

Young boy names include Liam (3), Jayden and Aiden (4), Mason, Landon and Carter (6), along with Wyatt, Jackson, Owen, Sebastian, Gavin and Elijah.

You can see a variety of charts and graphs here, and you’ll discover that a few names have continued to be popular for the lifespan of the average Gertrude.  The female list of enduring names includes Violet, Lola, Lillian, Stella, Genevieve, Cora, Evelyn, Lucy, Clara, Ruby and Eva—all names that never became trendy, which may account for their steady popularity.  Men’s names with staying power through the decades: Leo, Jack, Everett, Henry, Charlie, Edwin, Sam, Marshall, Calvin and Edgar.

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Tom Batterman, founder of Vigil Trust & Financial Advocacy and Financial Fiduciaries, LLC is in the business of representing the best financial interests of his clients. Having provided objective, fee-only financial management services for over two decades, he specializes in managing the investment and related financial affairs of individuals and mutual insurance companies who do not have the time, interest or expertise to manage such matters on their own. As an objective, unbiased professional who takes on a fiduciary responsibility to his clients, he guides clients to the financial decisions they would make themselves if they had years of training and experience and the time and expertise to fully research and understand all of their options. Founded in 2010 as an outgrowth of Vigil Trust & Financial Advocacy, Financial Fiduciaries, LLC is a financial management solution for individuals and mutual insurance companies who recognize they do not have the time, interest or expertise to properly attend to their financial matters on their own. While there are many financial “advisors”, most of them have investment products to sell and the “advice” they provide is geared toward getting their clients to engage in a purchase. As one of the rare subset of advisors known as “fiduciary advisors”, Financial Fiduciaries does not sell any investment product so its guidance is not compromised by conflicts of interest which plague ordinary advisors. Prior to his employment in the financial industry in financial advocacy and trust positions, he worked at a private law practice in the Wausau area in the areas of estate planning, tax, retirement planning, corporate organizations and real estate. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the UW-Madison Law School and has during his career held Series 7, 24 and 65 securities licenses. A longtime resident of the Wausau, Wisconsin Area, Tom is active in the community. He enjoys golf, curling, skiing, fishing, traveling and spending time with his family.
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