Emma. Olivia. Sophia. Abigail. Amelia. Evelyn. Ella.
What do all those names have in common?
They are old lady names, ones that haven't been used much in a century. When we were growing up and we met an Abigail, that Abigail was destined to be in a nursing home.
Note we said "when we were growing up". Today, all of those names are extremely popular. If you have kids, it's pretty much guaranteed that they are classmates with little Emmas and Olivias. Unless YOU named your kids Emma and Olivia? Admit it, you did, right?
Abigail Breslin is actually on the forefront of that trend; she was born in 1996, just as old lady names began to take off.
Breslin is also a quarter Jewish; her paternal grandmother was named Shirley Seidel.
Shirley! You just wait, it will make a comeback too...