18 May 2007
None of which explains Heathers
The Baby Name Wizard has been around a while, but now it's been Java-ed into something called NameVoyager, which will tell you just how popular that name was here in the States during any particular decade, including all of the 20th century and the very end of the 19th.
In the 1890s, for instance, "Charles" was the fifth most popular name given to boys. (My maternal grandfather, born in 1899, was one of them.) It dropped off markedly after World War I, recovered a bit, but is still sliding: in 2006 it was number 60.
My daughter is named Rebecca, a name which was nearing its peak when she was born in 1978, getting as high as 13th; it's since dropped off dramatically, down to 96th in 2006. My son is named Russell, a name which peaked in the 1910s at 51st and has since slid out of the top 400.
Perhaps the sharpest spike was Jennifer: 206th in the 1940s, first in the 1970s, and now out of the top 50. And one odd thing I stumbled upon: names starting with F have almost died out, with the exception of Faith and Frank and Francisco.
(Via Laura Lemay, who says she's using it to come up with names for fictional characters.)Posted at 9:45 AM to Entirely Too Cool
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» THE RISE AND FALL OF THE JENNIFERS from Population Statistic
Chaz takes a spin through NameVoyager, née the old Baby Name Wizard. And while he invokes the classic Heathers to illustrate his findings, the historical trajectory of another girl name is far more pertinent to me: Perhaps the sharpest spike was Jenni......[read more]