25/03/2015 12:40 GMT | Updated 25/05/2015 10:12 BST

Baby Girl Names: Fascinating Video Shows Evolution Of Names Over Last 100 Years


Baby names are something of a fascination here at Parentdish.

Why do parents call their children what they do? Is it because of fashion? Social pressure? A desire to stand out from the crowd?And how has the popularity of baby names risen, changed and evolved over the years?

Well, now a fascinating five-minute video has got us hooked. It shows, in an amazingly creative way (something called 'bubbling visualisation'), the rise and fall of the most popular girls' names over the last century.

From the dominance of 'Mary' and 'Elizabeth' in the 1880s; to the rise of 'Ava', 'Mia', 'Olivia' and 'Isabella' today, boffins at Abacaba have fed in thousands of statistics into their magic computer and come up with this very entertaining and highly informative short film

Story continues after video...

For example, the Bibical moniker 'Mary' was given to around 7.24Slideshow-180395%