So as a child of the late seventies, I wondered why there were always about 3-4 Matts in my school classes growing up.  It turns out that in the seventies, Biblical names, and particularly those of the New Testament, were pretty popular:

It appears that these are all on the decline, perhaps as people have moved away from religion in general.

I found this to be the case on most of the Biblical names I tried:

The anomalies were Noah, Samuel, Levi, Jonah, Isaac, and Luke:

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