Names that Ruled the Century: #1 Baby Names of the Last 100 Years

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Jacob


Before being bumped from the top spot in 2013 (by the name Noah), Jacob was the #1 boys' name from 1999-2012. It has Hebrew roots and appeared in the Old Testament. Jacob proved to have more staying power in the #1 spot than popular girls' names of late. While Jacob ruled for more than a decade, four different girl's names held the #1 spot in the same period of time.

Learn more about the most popular names of the last 100 years.

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