Watch Baby Names Spread

An interactive U.S. map by Brian Lee Yung Rowe traces the geographic popularity of 29,000 names over the past century. That’s an awful lot of data to track!

I entered my own given names and watched as they faded into obscurity over time since 1949. Keep your eye on the year; depending on the available information, the years may skip ahead quickly. I put my grandchild’s name in and had apparently hit one that didn’t rank among the 29,000. Maybe it was because I spelled it in the traditional way. So I reentered it with the weird 21st-century spelling and got results starting at 2003. Sigh. Read more about the map at io9.

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Tell me about it! Since you don't have a website on your profile, and I wanted to give you credit for a post suggestion, I went looking for Daniel Kim... and was totally overwhelmed by the search results.
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Well, the name Daniel seems to be one that stays on the coasts, whether Atlantic, Pacific or Great Lakes. It never really seems to get into the core of the Deep South. The consistent presence of the name in California may account for the phenomenon noted in
"I have discovered that there are two basic types of people in the world: (1) people named Daniel Kim; and (2) people who know someone named Daniel Kim. "
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