We have all heard it before, there are some names that just seem to be everywhere. No matter where you go, there is bound to be a Lisa, a Jennifer, a Mary.
I was born in 1975 and I cannot even list all the Jennifer’s I know. This map shows the most popular name in the US from the last 60 years. This is a really cool gif on the subject.
The map was built in Adobe Illustrator by Deadspin’s Reuben Fischer-Baum using data from the Social Security Administration. “Color palette,” Fischer-Baum wrote to me over email, “has to be credited to Stephen Few, from his excellent data viz book Show Me The Numbers.” Earlier drafts gave each name a unique color, he says, but in the end “it was a lot cleaner and more interesting to limit the palette to just the most popular name for any given year, and put the rest in grayscale so you could see how the different ‘eras’ of top names progressed.”
Do you have a popular name?