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Since I posted earlier about Jennifer as an archetypal Gen X name, if that subject interests you, you may want to check out this tool that lets you visually explore how different names have waxed and waned in popularity in the U.S. over the last 140 years:

https://engaging-data.com/baby-name-visualizer

in reply to Jason Lefkowitz

Me, and the most common confusables. (Yes, I was born in the 1970s)

In my childhood, visitors of my parent's generation (prewar), especially those who were hard of hearing, would call me Jerry.

It looks like they were working from strong priors!

in reply to Jason Lefkowitz

What I found interesting was that my birthname returned no results, which is perhaps why my full name was globally unique.
in reply to Jason Lefkowitz

there is a baby name book from the 80s literally called “Beyond Jennifer and Jason.”

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in reply to Jason Lefkowitz

can confirm! My parents could mess with me by telling me "Jenn called."

Which Jenn????

in reply to Jason Lefkowitz

these charts always leave me hoping for an explanation. Why has Arlo exploded in popularity in recent years, based both on data (from the US and from England & Wales) and among my kids' peers? I have asked some parents of Arlos and they don't know either.
in reply to Will Thompson

@wjt Almost always in these cases, there is a pop-cultural explanation at the bottom -- a big hit movie featuring a character with that name, a pop singer with that name, etc.

It'd have to be something really big to drive a trend in both America and the UK, though.

Now I'm scratching my head trying to think of famous Arlos 😆

in reply to Jason Lefkowitz

Arlo Guthrie isn't all that famous but it would be hard to find someone of his prominence who has never been Milkshake Ducked

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice%27s_Restaurant

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in reply to Jason Lefkowitz

it's funny because I'm in Brazil, born in 81 so that still applies perfectly 😁
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in reply to Jason Lefkowitz

since everyone on Mastodon loves open data and open source, please note that the social security administration also has its own version of that tool.

https://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/

in reply to Jason Lefkowitz

I was a little surprised to see my name peaked in the 1930s, but not unhappy.

My wife's peaked practically the year she was born.

in reply to Jason Lefkowitz

Looking at the most popular baby names for the last few years. Those poor kids.

Also looked at the names from the 90s and now I know why every brocountry artist is named like Justin Lucas Tyler.