As a part of one of their least headache-inducing responsibilities, the United States Social Security Administration has released the most popular baby name trends for 2014.
For girls’ names, ‘Emma’ took the no. 1 slot, which effectively ended the three-year reign of ‘Sophia.’ For the boys, ‘Noah’ secured the top position for the second year in a row after making the jump from no. 4 in 2012 to no. 1 in 2013. The complete list for the top 20 baby names in 2014 can be found here.
Now, as we all know, names go in and out of vogue just like trends in fashion, art, and literature. ‘Jessica,’ for example, was the most popular female name in 1990, but only the 175th most popular name in 2014. It’s sort like not knowing anyone your age named Susan, but having to ask your mom for further clarification when she mentions her friend Susan because she knows approximately eight of them.
What if we could go back even further than that? TIME.com recently released a fun and interesting (two things, incidentally, that we love at Bit of News) widget that the reveals the equivalents of baby names beginning with modernity and spanning all the way back to the 1890s.
Here’s how it works: you enter your name, sex, and year of birth. The widget then uses the Social Security database to calculate a list of names that matches your name’s equivalent within each of the past twelve decades.
For example, if your name is in fact Susan and you were born in 1950, your name today, according to the TIME widget, would be Ava: both of these names ranked 5th most popular within their respective years. In the 1890s, however, the equivalent for Susan would have been not Ava, but Ethel.
A boy named Douglas who was born in 1947 would be Oliver in 2014, Isaac in the 2000s, Mark in the 1990s, and Edward in the 1980s. You get the idea.
You can even play around with names that simply didn’t exist in the Social Security database until quite recently. Thanks to the borderline insane wonderful popularity of HBO’s Game of Thrones and the general awesomeness that encompasses everyone’s favorite Khaleesi, ‘Daenerys’ actually appeared for the first time as a girl’s name in 2012. Granted, it was the 921st most popular name, which means that some of the widget’s proffered decade equivalents include ‘Tiffanie’ (2000s), ‘Genell’ (1950s), ‘Clover’ (1920s), and ‘Joella’ (1890s).
If you want to find out the modern day (or, if you’re feeling anachronistic, the 1890s) equivalent of your name using the TIME widget, click here. Happy procrastinating!