Denise Sawicki | February 16, 2005
I thought this was pretty cool: (link) . It has an interesting blog attached to it, too. Don't read into this, for some reason I was just always fascinated with names. :)

Erik Bates | February 16, 2005
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Anna Gregoline | February 16, 2005
I guess you don't know many two year olds?

Erik Bates | February 16, 2005
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Lori Lancaster | February 16, 2005
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Jackie Mason | February 18, 2005
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Scott Hardie | February 18, 2005
I know. It's weird. In another fifty years, "Scott" and "Jacquelyn" could seem as antiquated as "Mildred" and "Ophelia" and "Homer" and "Earl" seem now. I guess I'll be fine with that as long as, another twenty years down the line, "Dakota" and "Cody" also come to seem ancient.

Jackie Mason | February 18, 2005
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Denise Sawicki | February 18, 2005
There are so many ways to play with that page. It seems that most very popular boy names (but not Jacob, interestingly) also were given to girls and peaked at about the same time. You can click on the tiny pink margin of the blue mountain for James, Michael, John, Edward, Thomas, etc. The same is true of very popular girls' names but not quite as often. I did find some boys named Jennifer, Amy, Mary, and even the proverbial boy named Sue (actually Susan)..

The blog claims that a lot of times names start out as boys' names but then gain favor as girls' names and are never given to boys again. Leslie and Lindsay were the clearest examples of this I could find. Mostly the names seemed to peak in popularity at about the same time for each gender.

Then I checked out the popularity of starting letters. X has only come into favor as a first letter recently. P and D peaked in about the 1950's and are going out of favor. E and especially I were more popular early in the century, lost favor in the middle, and are now popular again. F started out popular but is now unpopular.

Jackie Mason | February 19, 2005
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Kris Weberg | February 20, 2005
Wow,,,,my name has NEVER been popular.

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