Names by decade


May 8, 2012 3:03 PM

Oh, fun! I think that the abrupt change in the girls' list from the 1920s to the 1930s, and then from the '30s to the '40s is very intersting...

Also, there are only two names on all the lists that appeal to me in any way, and those are Cynthia, which is my sister's name and thus completely off the table, and Olivia, which I loved as a teenager and have since outgrown due to its ubiquity.

And I think that the inclusion of the photos representing each decade was my favourite part :)


May 11, 2012 10:00 AM

It's interesting to see the cyclical nature of the names and how they are coming back around. That 100 yr thing IS something Laura has talked about. Speaking of name popularity, I made a Wordle of my high school graduating class' first names. Here is the link:

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May 13, 2012 12:37 AM

Ok, that is very cool It would take me forever to do that since I was one of almost 800 students in my class. ;-)

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May 13, 2012 12:37 AM

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May 15, 2012 1:03 PM

404 in my class. Oh and it looks like you might not be moderated anymore?!

May 16, 2012 10:23 AM

Testing, testing... maybe?

May 16, 2012 10:23 AM


May 19, 2012 5:48 PM

that was a fun read, thanks! i wish Barbara would still sound modern, as it was my grandmothers name and part of me would like to carry that on, but i just can't! i was surprised to see Elizabeth only in the most recent decades, as i would have imagined it to be around since the beginning of that 1900 segment. it seemed like Cynthia came in the 60's and left with that decade, though i did know a little girl in the 1980's with that name. always liked Sandra, believe that was in the 70's category.    @ Zoerhenne- gosh, i love the Wordle thing you did, my class of only 8 people in the early 90's would be a very easy one. we had a M@ry, R0b1n, T0ry (m), Br1an, Chr1$tian, J@m3s, Matth3w, myself and before the end, an unfortunate drop out named D3nn1s.