Know a lot of Jose's? You're not alone. But in the future, you might start meeting less and less of them.
7,656. That’s how many Jose's were born last year, according to the Social Security administration. But even at 7,656, the most popular Hispanic name is no longer among the Top 50 baby boy names. It’s now at 51.
The New York Times reports that Jose has fallen from its ranks for the first time since 1978, when the SSA started counting. Even in Texas, where it topped the list of newborn names for the past 15 years, it is now at number two.
“This is probably a combination of assimilation and the drop in immigration from Latin America as a result of the recession,” Bellevue University professor Cleveland Kent told the Times. “However, it is probable that names are also becoming more varied in Latin American culture itself, as this is a phenomenon in most of the modern world.”
While some names lose popularity, other move to the forefront as Hispanics continue influencing newborn baby names. For example, Isabella has been the number one female name for the past two years, and Texas A&M University professor Alberto Moreiras suggests Latinos are changing “the nature of U.S. culture to a certain extent.”
He added that the name Jose is just going through a cycle: “As it happens everywhere, name preference goes through cycles, and the name Jose has been overused over the last 20 years or so, and there are too many Joses”
Mariah Carey certainly didn't help matters when she named her kids Monroe and Morrocan. Just sayin'.