Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Lemonjello is not a popular name

Here's the interactive chart of the top 1000 baby names by year.


Blogger RaginCajun said...

Excellent graphics - this could keep me entertained and from contributing to the GDP for hours.

1:31 PM  
Blogger mkchicago said...

I'm always glad to provide work alternatives. (I believe that is in fact the blog's raison d'etre.)I posted this b/c the book club met last night to discuss Freakonomics. The book has a chapter investigating the effect a child's name has on his/her future prospects and also how certain names correlate with race/income. I'm guessing you've read it already, no?

1:50 PM  
Blogger RaginCajun said...

Yes - I succumbed and read *parts* of the book.

One interesting thing about the graph is that it shows an increasing diversity in names (downward slope starts in 1960). I wonder how much this is a part of increasing tolerance of non-conformity.

I searched for "Moonunit" (Frank Zappa's daughter) but came up blank. It turns out "Moo" was a popular (well, 12 per million) boys' name back in the 1880s.

5:44 PM  

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