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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Baby names

This is one of the more entertaining websites I've seen recently. The government has been nice enough to keep track of all the names people have given their babies in - basically - for the last 100 years. Isn't America great?

Go through the decades, and watch how Mary, for decades, is twice as common as the next most common girl's name - and then how it is suddenly overtaken by names like Lisa. Notice how the 90s-trendy names like Ashley and Jessica get replaced by the old-fashioned, old-is-new-again, Emma, Emily, and Hannah. Marvel at the imaginative spellings of common names. What do you think will be the next names to come back in style?

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