U.S. baby names: Variations on a theme, girls named after months, and Britney

In my last two forays into the U.S. Social Security Administration baby names database, I explored the extent to which data was skewed towards adults before social security numbers were introduced in 1935, giving parents more incentive to register their children. It later occurred to me that that there is an important, and verifiable, difference … Read more U.S. baby names: Variations on a theme, girls named after months, and Britney

U.S. baby names: Sigourney, Marilyn, and sex confusion

To start with a bang, I’ll just leave these here (click on the images to enlarge): Last week, I posted some visual analyses of the U.S. Social Security Administration database of baby names from 1880-2012, focusing on increasing diversity of baby names. Now I’m going to do what I’ve done all my life with my … Read more U.S. baby names: Sigourney, Marilyn, and sex confusion

U.S. baby names, 1880-2012: Diversity

The United States Social Security Administration released a fascinating data set a few years ago: all of the names of newborns registered since 1880. There have already been some great analyses and visualizations of this data (there’s a list below). Still, I think there are plenty more items of interest to be found in mining this data, … Read more U.S. baby names, 1880-2012: Diversity