Is the name Gary heading towards extinction?

When you hear about something headed for extinction, you probably think of an animal. But in this case, we are talking about a name.

As time has passed, the name, Gary, has become less and less popular.

Back in 1950, Gary was the tenth-most popular boy name in the United States, according to data from the Social Security Administration.

By 1980, the name had dropped to 63rd on the list.

These days, the name has fallen so fast that it was the 578th most popular name in 2013. In the same year, only 442 babies were given the name Gary.

We're sure right now you're racking your brain trying to think of all the Garys you may personally know as well as the most well-known Garys in this world. Here are some that we could think of: Gary Cooper, Gary Sinise, Gary Busey, Gary Payton, Gary Coleman, Gary Glitter, Gary Player, Gary Oldman and FOX 5's Gary McGrady!

But if you're looking to name your child something that is not quite as exotic, between 1914 to 2013, Michael has been the most popular baby name in 44 of those years.

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