Abigail, Madison, & Emily Lead THON 2022 Dancer Names

As THON gets set to return to the Bryce Jordan Center this year, the organization recently released the names of all 667 dancers who will stand for 46 hours during the annual dance marathon.

This number of dancers is an increase of 75 from last year, and it’s just 40 shy of the pre-pandemic count of 707 from THON 2020. Just like in years past, we crunched the numbers to see which names are the most popular among dancers.

With 10 representatives apiece, Abigail, Madison, and Emily lead THON 2022’s dancer names. There’s also one Abby and one Maddie listed, so use those as some sort of tie-breaker if you really want. Sorry, Emilys.

While Emily has now come in first place (or tied) in four of the last six THONs, Abigail and Madison are shocking new developments. There were only three Abigails and just one Madison at THON 2021. That’s a 900% year-over-year change for Madison!

There was also a five-way tie for second place between Elizabeth, Lauren, Olivia, Sydney, and Hannah. Last year’s winner, Sarah (7), dropped down to third place this year.

It looks like women are once again dominating THON this year, as the top eight names are all ones traditionally given to girls. Joshua (7) is the most common traditionally male name at this year’s dance marathon. John and Jack (6) aren’t far behind.

Although a lot of people have the same names, there are actually 372 unique names dancing in THON 2022, which is much greater than last year’s count of 228. We’ve got three Alyssas but no Alysas this year, and seven Sarahs to just one Sara.

We’ve also been keeping track of some of these names over the years. While Abigail and Madison don’t come close to Emily’s dominant 17-name performance in 2020, their shocking rise to the top is interesting to see.

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Good luck to all the Abigails, Madisons, Emilys, and everyone else dancing in THON 2022. We dance in 9!

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Ryan Parsons

Ryan is a redshirt senior majoring in business and journalism from "Philadelphia" and mostly writes about football nowadays. You can follow him on Twitter @rjparsons9 or say hi via email at [email protected].

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