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What Would Your Name Be If You Were Born Today?

If you were born in the 40s or 50s you’d be named Susan, John, Barbara or any others in the top 10 list for those decades. And you probably wish your parents had been more adventurous so you wouldn’t have to be part of a “yes?” chorus every time someone calls your name in public.

Well, you’re in luck. Now, you can trade in your name for the one that your parents would have picked if you’d been born today – or, more specifically, in 2017, the most recent year for which data is available.

Using data culled from Social Security Administration records, developed an interactive tool that lets you add your name and the year you were born, and reveals your “today” name based on an equivalent ranking in the baby name charts. If you were Susan in 1946 – the eighth most popular name that year, today you’d have been called Amelia.  A Michael born in 1941 would be Matthew.

We hope the Social Security Administration will continue to update these lists of most popular names each year based on birth records, because it’s the cutest “Top Ten’ list imagineable.

The tool offered by Time (if you can navigate around the popups) also takes your name back through time, all the way the the 19th century.

To try the tool for your name and birth year, click here.


What’s your today name? 


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