The Lisa Nation

The Lisa Nation

This amazing map – at least to me – shows that in 1965 Lisa was the most popular name given to baby girls in all 50 states.

In fact, Lisa reigned as top name from 1962 to 1969. This explains why, years ago, a young sales clerk looked shocked upon realizing that she and I shared our first name.

“You don’t see many older women named Lisa,” she confessed. Lucky for her that the elder Lisa wasn’t having a bad day.

Anyway, Lisa was overcome in 1970 by the juggernaut Jennifer, who dominated from 1970 to 1984. Then Jessica and the others rolled in. You get the idea.

This map and others like it from 1960 through 2012 are based on Social Security Administration info. You can see them all on

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