Monday, May 18, 2009

Barack: Still an Unusual Name

You've probably read the tidbit that "Barack" shot up the SSA's list of popular baby names last year. It's a nice sounding story, but Baby Name Wizard Laura Wattenberg observes that jumping from being the 12,535 most popular name to the 2,409th most popular name affects fewer children's name than the 99th most popular name edging up to 98th. There just aren't that many kids named Barack. Perhaps it will crack the top 1,000 next year, but we're not there yet.

(Photo from Jane Whan Photography used under the CC-license)
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