I’m Number 45

Woohoo! I’m number 45!!

When the Social Security Administration is not busy sending payments to the elderly and those in other forms of need, they spend a little time crunching some data. Regularly, they calculate the top names based on social security applications. So for my international readers, this is a very U.S. centric list.

Since 1999, Jacob has been the most popular boy’s name each year. During that same time, Emma, Emily, Isabella and Sophia have topped the girl’s list. I find it interesting how names will move up the chart, live at the top and then drop off.

Here is the top 5 boys and girls over the last 100 years.


5 – William

4 – Michael

3 – Robert

2 – John

1 – James


5 – Linda

4 – Jennifer

3 – Elizabeth

2 – Patricia

1 – Mary

Patrick is the 45th most popular name.

Find the information here.

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This was a good mix between a potato and veggie salad.

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A good assortment of veggies.

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The herb bunch in with the potatoes.

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Mixed together.

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A nice, refreshing summer salad.

Garden Potato Salad

Prep Time: 0 hours 25 minutes | Cook Time: 0 hours 10 minutes | Makes: 6-8 servings | Difficulty: Easy


  • 1 lemon
  • 5 or 6 sprigs fresh parsley, plus 2 tablespoons chopped leaves
  • 2 or 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 pounds small red-skinned potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 3/4 cup fat-free plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon whole-grain or dijon mustard
  • 3 scallions, minced, whites and greens separated
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 small Kirby cucumber, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds


Peel a 2-inch-long strip of zest from the lemon; tie into a bundle with the parsley and thyme sprigs and bay leaf using kitchen twine. Put in a saucepan with the garlic, potatoes, 2 tablespoons salt and 8 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook about 10 minutes. Add the carrots and cook until the potatoes are tender and the carrots are crisp-tender, about 5 more minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking water, then drain the vegetables and discard the herb bundle. Let cool.

Meanwhile, finely grate 2 teaspoons lemon zest and squeeze 3 tablespoons juice into a large bowl. Whisk in the yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard, scallion whites, chopped parsley, reserved cooking water, 1 teaspoon salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper.

Add the potatoes, carrots, celery and cucumber to the dressing and toss. Chill about 4 hours. Top with the scallion greens.

Per serving: Calories 175; Fat 4 g (Saturated 1 g); Cholesterol 4 mg; Sodium 712 mg; Carbohydrate 30 g; Fiber 5g; Protein 6 g

Source: http://m.foodnetwork.com/recipes/recipe/463979

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Categories: appetizer, kosher, Lunch3, Recipes, Salad, Sidedish2, vegetable3, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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3 Comments on “I’m Number 45”

  1. September 27, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    I was surprised to see that my name comes in at 30th most popular, seeing as there are never any other Sharon’s in the room when I’m around… but Vinny (Vincent) is a much rarer sort, barely making the list at all in the 95th spot! I’m forwarding this to my daughter who is expecting a new little boy baby soon :). I like Brian, myself…


  2. September 28, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    73rd. Woohoo! LOL


  3. September 29, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    I have a son named Michael – which is in the top 10. My name – Cecile – must be waay on the bottom – if it even makes the list. It’s an old French name that was popular a long time ago… along with names such as Ernestine & Blanche. And Patrick is a great name, Mr. 45 !


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