Disproportionately common names by profession


Shared with me by a friend whose name is listed by his profession. Mostly an analysis of how different professions skew generationally and by gender, but still interesting.

(I am not a fitness instructor.)


January 5, 2015 12:09 PM

That's hilarious. We once were seriously considering naming a child Eldon; my mom strenuously objected, as she said it was "an old farmer name"--she must have been thinking of Elwood ;-).

January 5, 2015 12:47 PM

Interesting! I like how they also accounted for the use of nicknames. The meteorologists and football coaches have one-syllable friendly type nicknames (Bill, Mike, Joe, etc). The musicians (guitarist, drummer, and songwriter) also have distinctive nicknaming styles. Mick/Mickey appears on all three lists, and they tend to add -ie/y at the end (Sonny, Billie, Richie, Tommy, etc).

January 8, 2015 11:05 AM

I have an app that does this, but you can look it up by name. The app also tells you the proportian of regular actors to p... actors, which is it's selling point. It's definitely true that the time has a big factor, many older women's names have homemaker listed prominately. I don't think any of this was very surprising, I think most of us carry around some idea of this in our head. Sometimes you can tell a bit about a person's hopes and dreams for their child by the names they like. I apparently want to raise little historians. Which isn't too far off the mark since I'm a big believer in education and learning.

January 8, 2015 12:57 PM

Certainly interesting!

It did peg my father perfectly (Mike, a football coach)


February 21, 2015 11:15 AM

LOL, "Race Car Driver" cracks me up because of its clear subdivisions: Johnny, Bobby, Robbie, and Jimmy are one type (howdy, NASCAR) while Sebastian and Luigi are another (bonjourno, Formula One).