One name more than any other in the past year has dropped in desirability faster than Jim Comey wearing a Trump mask while running for president of the Hillary Clinton fan club.
While Comey has nothing to do with the name’s loss in appeal one person, and one person alone, is responsible to those willing to be honest about it.
Don’t call me Caitlyn.
A year after Caitlyn Jenner announced her new name and gender, the popularity of the name Caitlyn plummeted more than any other baby name, according to Social Security’s annual list of the most popular baby names.
In fact, the four names that dropped the most were all variations of the same name: Caitlin, Caitlyn, Katelynn and Kaitlynn.
“It was inevitable,” said Laura Wattenberg, founder of BabynameWizard.com. “Caitlyn was already falling in popularity. Now it is suddenly controversial.”
Is anyone surprised by this? I’m sure SJWs (Social Justice
Warriors Whiners) are sure to point to this as a sign of anti-trans bigotry. Maybe that’s not too far off.
Last year, it fell 542 spots — the biggest drop of any name — to No. 1,151.
Wattenberg said it would be wrong to blame Caitlyn’s drop in popularity solely to the fact that Jenner is transgender. In general, she said, parents don’t want to give their children names that might attract controversy.
Well, that’s like peeing on our leg and telling us it’s raining.
Try diagramming that statement. Jenner’s transgender status isn’t the reason for the drop in popularity, but the controversy created by becoming transgender is the reason.
The Social Security Administration released its annual list of the 1,000 most popular baby names for 2016 on Friday. The agency uses the announcement to drive traffic to its website, where workers can start tracking their benefits long before they retire.
The agency also lists the baby names that increase — and decrease — the most in popularity. All four versions of Caitlyn fell out of the top 1,000.
In 2015, the former Bruce Jenner, an Olympic gold medalist, shocked the world when she announced that she is now a transgender woman. The iconic cover of Vanity Fair magazine was emblazoned with the quote, “Call me Caitlyn,” on top of a picture of a very feminine Jenner.
I won’t post any pictures of the Jenner formerly known as Bruce to make the point, you all know that “very feminine” is an extremely relative term here. That’s where the problem lies, people know what is attractive and what is not. Far be it from me to tell anyone who wants to be transgender what to do with their lives, but a very very tiny fraction of the population identifies this way, so it’s natural for a great majority to not be on board, and when a world famous celebrity tries to glamorize it people will react accordingly.
In the case of the name “Caitlyn” and all it’s permutations, they have.