19 November 2012

Baby Name Wizard -- Track Through Time Popular Names!

No, I am not on the search for the name for a future baby!  Those days are past for me and my kids are not yet there!

And, understanding the historical popularity of names both in terms of names that were popular and where they can be found can help us with our research! 

A site that might help with that is Baby Name Wizard.

From this graphic, we can see that my forename, Diane, was definitely waning from popularity at the time of my birth, in the late 1950s ...

It was a forename found around the US at the time, though more popular in New England and the Midwest. Only the top 100 names can be tracked using the mapping feature!

And, I also searched on the forename of Hezekiah – as a name I have researched in the late 1700s and early 1800s.  And, interestingly, it is a name which was relatively common in the 1800s, disappeared for decades and then had a resurgence in the late 2000s.  And, since Hezekiah from 1960+ was never in the top 100 list of names, it cannot be mapped!

Did you learn something new from this website? Did something surprise you?  How did it help with your own research?

Editor’s Note: You will need Java enabled for some of the features

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