The Design of Information

Information Design

This blog is focused on information design, the creation of infographics for visual understanding of complex processes, data and ideas.

Baby Name Voyager

We appear to be past the point of needing to name new babies in our family, but I still like the interactivity of the Baby Name Voyager. You could consider this a more specialized cousin to the Google Ngram Viewer. In fact, it’s interesting to compare results from the two. You would expect the increased usage of a name to correspond to an increase in print, perhaps with a time lag to give the babies time to grow up before they become newsworthy. Does it play out?

It appears that I had a good run in the 70’s and 80’s but have dropped sharply since then. Those were good years for me – hmm…Baby Name Voyager "Erik"


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2 Responses to “Baby Name Voyager”

  1. March 11th, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Hugh says:

    I peaked about a hundred years earlier. 😐

    Although I’ve kept fairly steady in print. Hugh is a very literary name. 🙂

    I like your Baby Name Voyager graph’s sail shape!

  2. April 25th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Neal says:

    Much to my surprise, Neal as a girl’s name actually shows up on the Baby Name Voyager, peaking in the 1880’s at 26 per million. Apparently Baby Name Voyager missed my birth in the late 1950’s.