Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – How popular was your name?

It’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with genealogy extraordinaire – Randy Seaver — and tonight’s activity is to determine the popularity of my name through the decades – 1880 – 2000!

Popular Baby Names by Decade

Popular Baby Names by Decade Reference

Tonight’s challenge is:

1) Go to the Popular Baby Name page on the Find the Best website at (or just click the screenshot of the site above)

2) Enter your given name into the search box, click the appropriate gender button, and click on the “All” Decade button. Note the results for your given name.

3) Tell us about how the popularity of your name has changed over the decades. Were you named during the buildup, the height, or the draw down of the popularity of your given name?”

4) Share your results in a blog post of your own, in comments to this blog post, or in a Facebook status or Google+ Stream post.
I entered my given name (Marlive), selected my gender (female), and chose to search “all” decades and my results were . . .


No results were found?!

Adjust what filters?

Yeah, you’re missing some results all right . . . LOL!

Trust me, I’m not surprise that there were no results. My given name is a rarity!

Ever wonder how popular your name has been through the decades? Then visit the site above and let me know if your care to share!

Wordless Wednesday: The Taylor Siblings

Well, almost wordless . . . Meet the Taylor Siblings!

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The Taylor Siblings are Elgin, Jon, and Me! Yeah, I was being cantankerous as a little sister could be that day. All I know is that I didn’t want to sit down and be still for the camera and I didn’t mind letting the men in my life know it too- LOL! Dad took this photo of us during the month of May in 1961, as we sat on the front lawn of our first home at 4314 Stonewall Street in the Greater 5th Ward area of Houston, TX.

As I look closer at this photo, I begin to realize that though a lot has changed in my old neighborhood since 1961, some things did stay the same. One thing that did stay the same is the white house across the street from us in the photo above. That house, built in 1927, belonged to Mr. Phillip Flakes then and now! I don’t know if he still lives in the house today, or uses it as rental property; what I do know is that the house is still there — painted a bright shade of pink (see photo below)!

Stonewall Street, Houston, Texas

What has changed is where my brothers and I are sitting. We’re siting exactly where the  Fifth Ward Church of Christ is located today (see below)!

5th Ward Church of Christ