Tuesday, October 02, 2007

World Baby Name Google Maps Mashup

Guy Davis of Calgary, Canada has created BabyNameMap, an interesting Google Maps mashup of popular baby names from around the world. The map locates where this data exists in the world and lets you browse top boys and girls names. Guy writes: "My wife and I are expecting our first child in April. We're actively thinking about possible baby names now. Of course, that entails trying to avoid the really popular names. Who wants their child to be one of many named Jacob or Emily in their Grade 1 class? On the other hand, I don't want them to be teased for having a really rare name like Moon Unit or Pilot Inspektor. This Maps mashup site built using Ruby on Rails is meant to help couples like us find the perfect baby name: not too popular, not too unique, just right."

Guy is presently mashing up popular names from Canada, the US, Australia and throughout the UK. If you know of a data source in a country that isn't covered be sure to get in touch with him so he can improve this mashup!

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