Monica was a reasonably popular name, reports the Political Arithmetik, but not anymore: It ranked between 39th and 56th (of popular girl names) in the 1970s.
As it happens, both Monica Lewinsky and Monica Goodling were born in the summer of 1973, two weeks apart, when the name was ranked 40th, its second highest ranking (Monica ranked between 59 and 141 in the decade of the 1960s.
By the 1990s, the name had slowly but steadily declined to rank between 76th and 88th during 1990-1997.
'And then the events of 1998 intervened.' Monica's ranking dropped from 79 in 1997 to 105 in 1998. In 1999 it fell dramatically to 151st place.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
: From Haaretz