Adventures in Baby Name Charts
After reading Will’s post yesterday about baby names, I started poking around in the Social Security baby name database (which is an incredibly fun resource and might be all we get, since Republicans think we shouldn’t let Census do fun things any more).
I was chatting with a friend while I did this, and she mentioned that she knows someone named Luke who really wants to be in a group of some kind with people named for the other three Evangelists. Somehow, he’s never managed this, despite his belief that he has the least common name among the four.
A quick check revealed that Luke is actually not the least common of the four names for babies born recently (Mark is much less popular), so I decided to plot the popularity of all four over the last hundred years:
(Hopefully that’s readable. I truncated at the top 200 because otherwise this thing looks terrible.)
This is interesting for any number of reasons, but what really struck me is how loudly this chart is shouting “STAR WARS!” That was enough to make me want to share it, for sure, but I’d also love to hear if anyone has some idea about what’s going on with Mark. Does that have something to do with Star Wars too?
Last thing: if anyone wants to see any other charts, I’ll be happy to do more and share them here. This is fun!