If you are planning on naming your baby Donald, chances are he is the only Donald in his class.
According to the Social Security Administration’s latest popular first name list, the popularity of “Donald” has seen a sharp decline in 2020. The name has dropped 55 places, dropping from the 555th most popular first name for boys in 2019. 610th last year – its lowest ranking ever on the annual list, which dates back to the 1880s.
Donald now ranks just below Axton, Dariel, Marvin and Brycen. Last year, only 444 newborns were named Donald, up from 507 in 2019, 539 in 2018 and 602 in 2017.
Donald peaked in popularity in 1934 when it was the sixth most popular name for baby boys. That year, 30,408 boys (and 110 girls) were named Donald.
Since then, the name has followed a general downward trend, although it rose slightly from No. 489 to No. 485 in 2017, when President Donald Trump took office. The following years, however, saw a return to the downtrend, and 2020 marked its biggest decline on record.
The names of presidents often lose popularity during their administrations. This was the case with Ronald in Reagan’s day, Richard in Nixon’s day, Gerald under Ford, and George under HW Bush. Lyndon’s name boomed in 1964, the year after he took office, but lost ground during the remainder of Johnson’s tenure.
Since SSA data only includes names given to five or more newborns in a given year, the name Barack only appeared there in 2007, when five baby boys were named Barack. That number peaked at 71 in 2009 before generally declining during the remainder of Obama’s presidency.
Just as Donald continues to decline in popularity, the names of a few members of the Trump family have also fallen on the list. Last year, Tiffany’s name dropped 96 places from # 696 to # 792, and Eric went from # 176 to # 198. The name Jared – that of the former’s son-in-law and senior advisor president – fell seven places from No.361 to No.368.
Although Melania was one of the fastest rising baby names for girls in 2017 – when she ranked 933rd – the name subsequently fell off the top 1,000 list. In 2020, 190 baby girls were named Melania, up from 208 in 2019 and 233 in 2018.
Two outliers, however, are the names Ivanka and Barron. In 2020, 106 baby Ivankas were born, up from 95 in 2019 and 97 in 2018. But the name still hasn’t peaked in 2017, when 165 baby girls were named Ivanka.
Last year, 134 baby boys were named Barron, up from 107 in 2019 and 121 in 2018. Like Ivanka, the name still hasn’t returned to its peak in 2017, when 136 Barrons were born.