Dylan is a Democrat and Brittany is a Republican

Thought you guys might like this article about first names and U.S. political parties:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/04/20/what-your-first-name-says-about-who-you-support-for-president

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April 21, 2016 6:13 PM

Got me right!

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April 21, 2016 8:44 PM

That's really interesting!

Makes you think about the demographics most associated with each party and how much names reflect that too.

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April 21, 2016 9:02 PM

I wonder what the effect of location is. Certain states are more likely, on average, to support one party over the other, right? And some names are more common in certain states, so maybe the higher proportion of use in certain states is what's driving the effect.

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April 21, 2016 9:48 PM

Wow! There are several really interesting things to unpack here. The first thing that struck me was the age of the donors. We know that most of the Brittanys and Dylans of voting age are going to be young. And more young people skew Democratic, so the fact that Brittany rates as a Republican-leaning name says a lot about the effect, don't you think? The second point this raises to me is that people tend to vote for the same party as their parents.

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By EVie
April 22, 2016 2:33 PM

It's also very telling that other than Brittany, the list of most-Republican names are ALL male names, whereas the most-Democratic list is mostly female. And the top Clinton-skewed names show more ethnic diversity than any of the others (Mohammed, Juan).

I also found it really interesting to look at the longer lists for each candidate and to see just how heavily weighted the Bernie Sanders list is toward young male names. It's well known that Sanders is getting a lot of his support from younger voters, and I have read some discussion of the "Bernie Bros" phenomenon, so I shouldn't have been surprised by this, but the extent of it was beyond what I expected--there are no female names at all until Marianne at #26, and the list is full of names like Leo, Ryan and Tyler. Trump also doesn't get a female name untl #26, Natalie, Cruz gets one at #34, Marlene, and Kasich doesn't get one until #62, Audrey. Some of this probably reflects that there are just more men giving money to candidates (in part because men have historically been higher earners and have more money to give), but in the Clinton list, 36 of the top 40 are women (and of the four men, one is Mohammed and the other three are Latino names). 

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April 22, 2016 3:25 PM

I would expect that many of Clinton's donors are coming through Emily's List which would account in part for the overwhelming preponderance of feminine names.

Another place to look for names as a clue to election demographics:

The names with the highest median contributions ($1000+): Avram, Chaim, Chana, Dov, Judah, Mayer, Mendel, Mordechai, Moshe, Rivka, Shlomo, Shoshana, Yehudah plus a couple of what I think are Indian names.  No need to wonder why Cruz and Kasich were desperately rolling out matzah before the NY primary and why the only district Cruz won was the District containing Borough Park in Brooklyn and the Upper West Side in Manhattan, talk about gerrymandering, diluting the votes of the staunch liberals of the UWS with those of the extremely conservative chasidic population in Borough Park.  The two neighborhoods are not contiguous, being on opposite sides of the East River (and the UWS is not even on the west bank of the East River) and by all the districting rules should not be in the same district.

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April 26, 2016 11:43 AM

I find it quite amusing that Charity is on the list of names with lowest median donations...