There have been some great baby name runs in American history. Emma is on one of them.
美國的歷史上有很多不錯的寶寶名字,艾瑪就是其中的一個。

For five consecutive years, Emma has been the most popular name for girls in the United States, beating out number-two name Olivia in each of those years. Last year was also the 15th in a row that Emma has been in the top 3.
艾瑪已經連續5年打敗第二名奧莉薇亞成為美國最受歡迎的女娃名字。去年也是艾瑪連續第15次躋身前3名。

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Only 10 names have ever topped that list of girls’ names since 1909, the earliest year for which US Social Security Administration has data. The last time a name dominated the rankings like Emma was Emily’s incredibly streak from 1996 to 2007.
根據美國社保局的數據,從1909年算起,只有10個女孩名得到過頭魁。像艾瑪這個名字這么受歡迎的還有艾米莉,從1996年到2007年都是取女孩名最多的。

Most popular name for baby girls in the US
美國最受歡迎的女孩名字

1909-1946??????? Mary瑪麗

1947-1952??????? Linda琳達

1953-1961??????? Mary瑪麗

1962-1969??????? Lisa麗莎

1970-1984??????? Jennifer詹妮弗

1985-1989??????? Jessica杰西卡

1991-1992??????? Ashley阿什莉

1993-1995??????? Jessica杰西卡

1996-2007??????? Emily艾米莉

2008 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Emma艾瑪

2009-2010??????? Isabella伊莎貝拉

2011-2013??????? Sophia索菲亞

2014-2018??????? Emma艾瑪

So what accounts for Emma’s dominance? “The key to Emma’s success is that it’s the meeting point of two trends,” says Laura Wattenberg, a preeminent US naming expert who runs the website Namerology.
為什么艾瑪這個名字能夠占主導?“艾瑪成功的關鍵在于它正好兩種趨勢的匯合點,”美國命名專家Laura Wattenberg如是說,同時她還是姓名占卜網站(Namerology)的運營人。

Wattenberg explained to Quartz that in the early 2000s, names that sounded classic and had alternating consonants and vowels, like Sophia and Amelia, were all the rage (classic names with two consonants in a row, like Mildred and Florence, never came back).
Wattenberg在接受石英網的采訪時解釋說,在21世紀的早些時候,風靡一時的是那些聽起來很經典、有交替的輔音和元音的名字,比如索菲亞和阿米莉亞(兩個輔音連在一起的經典名字,如米爾德里德和佛羅倫薩,就沒有在流行)。

Today, the trend is toward short names with multiple vowels, like Ella and Lila, that feel light on the ear. Since Emma fits both these trends, it has been the 21st century champ.
現在流行的趨勢是由好幾個元音,比如艾拉和里拉,聽起來比較輕。艾瑪這個名字都符合流行的趨勢,所以成為了21世紀的寵兒。

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翻譯:林潯鷗