There’s a new addition to the Namerology family, and it’s name-nerd nirvana
is delighted to announce the birth of
born on March 8, 2022
weighing in at 12,679 names,
two different visualization modes,
and tons of awesome new tricks
It’s here! The Namerology NameGrapher is a visual, interactive gateway to US baby name history. With a slew of innovations large and small, I think you’ll find it addictive to explore.
Start by typing in the text field to the left of the graph. (The Grapher works on mobile, but a real keyboard improves the experience.) Then select options by clicking buttons like “Starts With,” “Ends With” and “Contains” to see the historical popularity of names that match your search text in different ways. And then check out the two different graphing modes: “Total” and “Compare.”
Total mode stacks up the usage of all names that fit the search. Compare mode overlays line graphs of individual names. The two views can lead to surprisingly different impressions of baby name trends.
For instance, take a look at the “Total” graph of the top 2000 US girls’ names from each time period, 1880-2020. It’s reminiscent of a block of sedimentary rock, or perhaps the pages of a much-read book.
Now check out the exact same search in “Compare” mode:
With this view it’s instantly apparent how far Mary once towered above all others—and that no name today is common enough even to qualify for a label.You can also use multiple search terms. Just separate text strings with commas to expand your results. For example, this chart shows all names starting with Jack or Jax to capture the extent of the recent trend.
The NameGrapher’s visualization guru was my brilliant collaborator-for-life Martin Wattenberg. Our daughter Eve Wattenberg added her own programming talents to the back-end data processing, making this app a true family affair.