The NameMapper Has Been Updated!
We've updated our U.S. NameMapper with the most current state-by-state name popularity data. Try typing in Miley to see amazing year to year volatility, or Jeffrey to watch a long-time favorite disappear.
If you haven't dug into the NameMapper before, you might be surprised how many tales it has to tell. Beyond the maps (don't forget to try "super multi map"!), click on the Timeline tab at the top for an incredible social portrait of names. That single screen shows you a nationwide 50-year story. The starting view is by name regions -- the powerful social/style regions, rather than pure geography. You can also sort by demographic factors to get different takes on a name's place in society.
(One tip: certain browser versions have an odd bug where you have to hold down the mouse button down and move the mouse a little to click on the buttons in the NameMapper. As bugs go, it's oddly charming -- like a digital-age throwback to jiggling the handle on a toilet.)