Mary is leaving us

I don’t mean to be sentimental or anything, but I don’t like this at all –

I’m posting this a little before Easter to give The Media time to work up the story by the weekend. Here it is: For the first time in the history of the United States of America, the name Mary is not in the top 100 given to newborn girls. That’s according to the 2009 Social Security name database. And it’s not just the rankings but the raw numbers. The number of Marys born in 2009 was down 93 percent from 1961, the last year she was at #1 — a drop from 47,645 that year to just 3,105 now.

via Philip N. Cohen: The Fall of ‘Mary’.

Oh, and Abigael’s middle name is Marie.

For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed. (Luke 1.48 NLT)

Well, it seems every generation but us anyway.

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