Friday, February 11, 2005

The Baby Name Wizard

Doesn't this sound like I am promoting myself as an infant-naming savant?

Well, though that might be true . . . if I were given the opportunity . . . this post is really a vehicle to show you something that I found very interesting on the web this afternoon.

Click on the post title and enjoy the Java-applet to which you will be directed. Via an elegant, yet dynamic design, you can see historical popularity for a great variety of common names.

Want to know the percentage of people named . . . oh, I don't know . . . David in 1965? Got it. How about Evangeline? (Maybe.) Or possibly Steve? What about Joseph, or even Josephine?

How many people were named Lyndon in the 1970s?

Did Richard see a plummet as a result of Watergate?

All these questions and more might be answered if you inquire within.

Happy sleuthing.

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