Mary. Bertha. Tiffany. Jennifer. Amy. Dorothy. Emma.

Have you ever wondered how first names come to be and gain in popularity? According to the data gurus at Abacaba, in 1880, there were less than 100,000 baby girls in the US. But by 2013, there were almost 2,000,000, and the name bubble grew and changed accordingly. To show how and why, they connected birth rates, historic events, cultural shifts, and pop culture moments to the trends of US girl names over the last 130+ years… and it’s fascinating.

Note: Our only issue with their video is that the facts and figures transition way too fast. But that’s where the pause button comes in handy, and it’s worth the stop-and-go viewing because the info is really interesting.