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We are SO over Mary

When I wrote my little book The Real Mary I learned about girls’ names in the USA and how “Mary” used to be #1 all over the USA. Here’s a link to 60 years of girls’ names, from 1960 to the present popularity, though nowhere close to former levels, of Sophia:

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Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • Steve

    I wonder if this survey took into account the Latin-America permutations, like Maria. Or some European versions, like Marie.

  • JamesG3

    Funny. I lived in NY and am now back in TX, and I don’t think I’ve met a Sophia yet. It would be interesting to see the breakdowns within states by region/counties.

  • smurf

    Unless you run with the under-5 crowd you probably wouldn’t.

  • JamesG3

    I’ve got a five year old, am a minister to a church that focuses a lot on young families, volunteer with schools, camps, a preschool, VBS, etc., etc. So yeah, I hang with the <5 crowd quite a bit.

  • Rodney Reeves

    Sophia may be in trouble in Illinois. Our daughter, Emma, recently moved to Chicago.


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