Friday, May 28, 2010

Short Break: How popular is your name?

I was trying to find out how popular TLG's name was and I came across this fun site from the NSW government (now "fun" and "NSW government" do not usually belong in the same sentence but this is the exception that proves the rule).

The site allows you to type in a name and it will show the number of babies born with that name in the last 100 years (up to 2007) in an interactive chart.  You can track the name's popularity through the last century.

TLG's name was in the top 20 in the 1980s, and made the top 50 in 2007.

My name's popularity peaked in a hundred years ago (100 girls per year) and was barely in the top 300 by 2007.

Mr Curious' name was most popular in the 1950s; only 15 babies shared his name in 2007.

It is interesting to see the trends.

These are once-popular girls' names that are now rarely chosen for newborns - Gladys (top 10 in 1900s), Patricia (#2 in 1930s, less than 10 in 2007), Judith (#3 in 1940s, none since 2000), Susan (top name in 1950s, 11 in 2007).  I did not know that Jessica was the most popular name in the 1990s!

Over 3,000 boys were named John each year in the 1940s.  In 2007 there were only 60 Johns - beaten by Kai, Cody, Maxwell, and Brayden!

You don't have to type in a full name - this is what you get when you type in the letter J.


If you see a name that interests you, click on it and it will go to the chart for that name.

Go check it out.  Be warned though, it can be addictive!


  1. It is fun. I couldnt stop putting things in. I wish you could see what is the most popular though by year as well. I like to look at all the 20s names for instance.

  2. I agree Elise, some tables of top 20 names each decade will be nice.


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