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Can you name the female names that have been in the SSA's top 1000 list every year (1880-2010)?
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Jul 21st, 2011 at 12:50 GMT
This is just a compilation of my earlier series of quizzes into one quiz for the whole alphabet. A few people suggested that I should do that, so here it is.
I'd appreciate it if you'd tell me if you find any errors or have other suggestions for improvement. I can't fix problems I don't know exist.
Jul 21st, 2011 at 19:03 GMT
Its a pretty good idea for a quiz, I liked it a lot as a name geek. I think its interesting to notice and I'd really like to know why there are so many more perenially popular boy names than girl names. I had noticed before but this series just makes me wonder even more. Why are parents more conservative with boys names than with girl names? Even in the top 100 you can see a great difference, while there are more than 10 boy names that have kept between the top of the tops, in the girls department I think only Elizabeth has always been top100.
Jul 21st, 2011 at 23:32 GMT
Five orbs. Thanks for doing this. Usually, I'm whining for more time but I think you might be able to cut it back to 15 minutes or so. I got all but 4 and had time to make a ton of wrong guesses. Three of the ones I missed are names of good friends of mine. lol
Jul 22nd, 2011 at 01:29 GMT
@debbiedoesnothin, you're welcome! And you have a good point about the time, so I've cut it to 15 minutes.
@lucia, I don't know what causes the difference in boys and girls names. I'd guess that the tradition of naming boys after their fathers might account for some of it, but I'm not a sociologist and won't hazard a guess beyond that :)
Aug 12th, 2011 at 14:29 GMT
Very nice! Only comment I'd make is that if you are trying to enter "Leah", the comment for "Lea" comes up before you finish the word. Is there a way to change that order?
Aug 12th, 2011 at 21:21 GMT
@Imon, not really. The only way to avoid it would be to make this a forced order quiz, which wouldn't make sense.
Game published: Aug 20th, 2011 at 04:03 GMT
Aug 20th, 2011 at 07:45 GMT
I managed to get 18 on my own, and then after awhile started going through my fb list... i only got to the h's though and got a whopping 8 more lol.... there were a few facepalms though
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Aug 20th, 2011 at 08:13 GMT
Half of these are names of former girlfriends of mine!
Aug 20th, 2011 at 11:52 GMT
Oops. Forgot my mom's name.
Aug 20th, 2011 at 12:22 GMT
Got 60 by running through the alphabet, family (including middle names), friends, my children's friends, my grandchildren's friends, people I went to school with, the Bible (always a popular name source), books, movies, and TV...and then wonder, how could I have gotten through this much life without ever having met an Alma? or a Clara? I've heard of people named that, but haven't ever known one, as far as I can recall. For an interesting and entertaining look at the popularity of names over time, see http://babynamewizard.com/voyager.
Aug 20th, 2011 at 14:15 GMT
Here's hoping that "Britney" "Ashley" and "Brianne" are just blips on the long-term radar...
Aug 20th, 2011 at 18:45 GMT
Some of these really surprised me. Priscilla and no Patty/Patricia?
Aug 20th, 2011 at 19:46 GMT
For what its worth, I did much better on the boy version of this game. Still a really good quiz no matter what gender!
Aug 20th, 2011 at 21:01 GMT
did anyone else try 'jennifer' at least 10 times?
Aug 20th, 2011 at 21:27 GMT
I felt like hitting myself after I realized I forgot my own name. It's one of the most popular names of the century.
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Aug 20th, 2011 at 21:28 GMT
I wish games like this would clump names like elizabeth & elisabeth, sara & sarah, ann & anne and annie, catherine & katherine all into one answer as they are the same sames more or less with different spellings. Should also accept cathy, barb, liz.
Aug 21st, 2011 at 02:42 GMT
Thanks for the publish, Sporcle!
Patricia first appears on the SSAs list in 1886, and Jennifer makes an even later with appearance, first showing up in 1938. Both have had periods when they were very popular, though. Priscilla, on the other hand, has always been around, but has never actually been super popular (with a high rank of 127 in 1940, and usually being in the 200s or 300s).
@Albinowolf, I understand why you want that, but (at least with my resources, and for this sort of quiz) doing so would be a logistical nightmare. Most games like this one are based on the SSA's data, and since the SSA never groups different spellings of the same name, neither do the games. I have played couple of well done similar games that do some grouping: http://www.sporcle.com/games/nightfloat/top-200-baby-girl-names-usa---variant-spellings-given and http://www.sporcle.com/games/nightfloat/can-you-name-the-top-200-baby-boy-names-usa-2010---varian
Aug 21st, 2011 at 03:41 GMT
I got stuck after a few minutes, started throwing out names at random and was incredibly surprised that my great-grandma's name (Irene) was on there. Then I tried other great-grandparents whose names I knew... No such luck with Wilhelmina...
Aug 21st, 2011 at 06:34 GMT
I was a little surprised that some names would have a short form on here, but the longer form isn't. One is Jenny/Jennifer. The other is Jessie/Jessica. I got 3 of the bonus names. How many are there? @lprdgecko: I feel your pain. I have names like Lona, Lawana, and Lovina in my family. Doesn't help much on things like this. As for the topic of variant spellings, I don't agree that they should be grouped. My mom's name is Diann. People continually misspell it as "Diane." That is not her name, and it's kind of offensive to have people say, "Well, it's the same thing."
Aug 21st, 2011 at 14:41 GMT
@aznemesis: the reason you see Jenny and Jessie here is that they are very old (think Middle Ages) nicknames for Jane and Jean. It's only since the late 20th century that people have been associating them primarily with Jennifer and Jessica.
Aug 21st, 2011 at 17:59 GMT
I'm going to be unpopular and agree with Albinowolf and disagree with aznemesis. Kristofferson and I share the same first name - it's just that his is a creative, less standard trendy way of spelling it.
Aug 21st, 2011 at 22:59 GMT
@aznemesis, there should be eight bonuses.
Aug 22nd, 2011 at 17:20 GMT
Bonuses I managed to get were Helena, Hope and Ivy. Any others out there?
Aug 23rd, 2011 at 07:13 GMT
I got Lea as a bonus
Aug 23rd, 2011 at 13:45 GMT
Jenny but not Jennifer? Odd. Good quiz.
Aug 23rd, 2011 at 23:07 GMT
In doing this, I discovered that 19 of my 472 facebook friends are named Jessica, and 13 are named Emily.
Aug 24th, 2011 at 19:41 GMT
What goes around comes around. Great-grandmother Emma born in 1882; neighbor's daughter Emma born in 1982. Sweet.
Aug 27th, 2011 at 22:19 GMT
Guadalupe and Diana are also bonuses. I tried Guadalupe, because I knew how many Spanish names were on the male form of this quiz, and that's a fairly common name in Arizona. I tried Diana because it's similar to my mom's name. That's interesting about the origin of the names Jessie and Jenny. I had no idea. Another name I was surprised to find outside this list is Joan. I thought that name was so old and common that it would have made this list. Learn something new everyday, I guess.
Oct 2nd, 2011 at 19:52 GMT
Jessie makes the girls and boys list! How fun!
Apr 17th, 2012 at 20:44 GMT
My daughters name is Jessie, and I get so tired of people telling me it isn't a 'real' name, just a nickname for Jessica. There have been women named Jessie in my family for hundreds of years, and not one has been a Jessica.
May 8th, 2012 at 01:53 GMT
Sep 21st, 2012 at 19:03 GMT
Missed my own name. . .
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