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Find your 'today name' with this fun baby name generator

by A. Pawlowski /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY Contributor

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Those “most popular baby name” charts can be so fickle. Remember when every girl seemed to be named Jennifer? There’s no trace of that moniker on the most recent top 20 girls’ names list, with Emma ruling them all.

Now, Time.com has a fun new addictive tool that shows you what you’d be called today if you had a name with the same popularity as the day you arrived into the world.

Plug in your name, year of birth and gender and voila! The online gizmo reveals your “Today Name.”

Read more: Government announces top baby names of 2015

Let’s say you were born in 1985 and were named Jennifer, that year’s third most popular girl’s name. Your “Today Name” would be Sophia, the third most popular girl’s name of 2014, according to the Social Security Administration.

You can also go back in time to find your “1970s name” or “1940s name” — all the way back to the 1890s. All of you Jennifers out there would be named Barbara in the 1950s, for example, if your parents had chosen the third most popular girl’s name of that decade.

Savannah Guthrie's name today would be Emerald (1890s name: Neoma), according to the tool. Matthew Lauer, meanwhile, would be a baby Blake — and his 1930s name would have been Earnest.

The choices are based on the Social Security Administration’s baby name data.

It's worth noting that parents choose names based on a lot of factors other than popularity; still, it's fun to see how name trends change over time.

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Note: This story was first published in 2015 and updated on May 27, 2016.

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