Genuine Curiosity

Author Dwayne Melancon is always on the lookout for new things to learn. An ecclectic collection of postings on personal productivity, travel, good books, gadgets, leadership & management, and many other things.


I was big in the 60's...

If you're in for a few minutes of interesting, trivial research (or, if you are having a baby and want to do some statistical research on names) you should check out "Name Voyager."

This browser-based app lets you type in a name and it will tell you how popular it's been since the 1880's, whether it was popular as a boy's name, girl's name, or both, and other interesting things. For example, I found out that my name was very popular in the '60's (when I was born) and has had a recent uptick (see the graph).

Other interesting things I discovered:

  • "Osama" has never been in the top 1000 names, according to this app

  • "Elvis" was more popular in 2003 than any other time since the 1880's

  • "Shakira" came out of nowhere in the 90's, peaked in 2003, then dropped out of the top 1000 (thanks to "Hips Don't Lie" I bet it has a big resurgence)

You can use this for some fun prediction games, too. For example:

  • What impact do you think "The Simpsons" has had on the popularity of the name Bart?

  • What about Justin Timberlake's effect on the name Justin?

  • Why has the name Jacob been so popular in the last 5 years?

  • How has the popularity of the name "Gay" changed since the 1880's?

  • Has the name "Jamie" been more popular as a male name or a female name?

This doesn't answer any of the mysterious questions of the universe, but it's a fun way to spend a few minutes on the web.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...