Distribution of US baby names, 1880-2008
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6-sex-exploration.r
7-top5.r
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baby-names.csv
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US Baby names 1880-2009

Data

baby-names.csv contains the top 1000 girl and boy baby names from 1880 to 2009. This data was aggregated from the data made available from the social security administration. If you want to recreate it yourself, run the files 1-download.r, 2-parse.rb and 3-clean.r in order. You will need both R and ruby.

Percent of names in top 1000

Percent of baby names in top 1000

Since the 1960's the percentage of babies with names in the top 1000 has been shrinking, to it's current level of 80% of boys and 67% of girls.

Last letters

Stimulated by the discussion on Andrew Gelman's blog (prompted by an old post of the baby name wizard blog) here are plots showing the distribution of last letter of names, 1880-2008.

Distribution of last letter of baby names