June 22, 2005

Names on the Run

Just having named a child for the second time, I'm pretty interested in the thoughts that go into the process of naming a child. It's a unique event, naming a child, and it feels weird. Who am I to give this child the name that they will use forever? What suggests that I am best suited to describe them in one word? It's weird. It's strange enough that I made Keleigh say Henry's name whenever anyone asked in the first few hours.

A couple days after the birth, Keleigh showed me a very cool website from the social security administration that gives the popularity rankings of names back to 1880, using census data. It's great, especially for a guy that likes data.

In the year I was born, Jeremiah was the 81st most popular name given to male children. In 2004, Marion wasn't in the top 1000 names, and Henry is 110th in 2005. Interesting eh?

They also have a page for 'popular names for twins in 2004'. How great!


At 8:32 AM, Anonymous said...

You want names? Oh, I've got names.


There, I just wasted your whole morning.

Cousin Amy

At 8:40 AM, Jeremiah said...

Wow, that's great! It looks like it's the same data, but presented in a very cool way. Thanks Amy!

At 2:11 PM, Anonymous said...

ohhh...my dad sent the link to babynamewizard about a month ago...how fun is that?! I played for well over an hour!

At 2:56 PM, Jeremiah said...

Yes, the babynamewizard thing is excellent. I could spend much too much time there. I really like typing in just one letter, and watching the trend of 'A' naming, or 'B' naming. It's really very interesting.

At 8:37 AM, Bob said...

What's in a name? As for myself, I don't care what you call me, as long as you don't call me late for dinner.....


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