Monday, March 14, 2016

When & Where Your Name Was Most Popular

A few weeks ago we featured a map, called named, which allowed you to view the spatial distribution of surnames in the UK. If you live in the US you can see where and when your forename has been most popular on the Census Names Explorer Map.

Enter a forename into the Census Names Explorer and you can view a choropleth map showing how many people had that name in each state for each decade since 1910. The initial map view shows how popular the name was in each US state in 1910. A line graph also shows how popular the name has been from 1910-2014.

Press play on the map and you can watch the map animate through the twentieth century showing the rise and fall of the name's popularity over time.

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