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Can you name the male names beginning with A or B that have been in the SSA's top 1000 list every year (1880-2010)?
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Jul 14th, 2011 at 22:26 GMT
If you find any errors, please let me know. I had some problems with the data saving incorrectly at one point, and although I think I found all the errors this produced, I may have missed some. I'd also appreciate it if, if you rate this badly because of something you think is a fixable flaw, you'd tell me what the flaw is. I can't fix issues I don't know exist.
Jul 14th, 2011 at 22:42 GMT
A good idea, better than the random "names from year X" quizzes that get repetitive quickly. One small note - it seems that you're trying to alphabetize the answers, but many of the A's (Allen, eg) are out of order.
Jul 14th, 2011 at 23:02 GMT
Thanks, @thedpr, I'll double check the alphabetizing.
Jul 15th, 2011 at 00:19 GMT
Let me guess, Adolf was popular until 1940?
Jul 15th, 2011 at 00:59 GMT
That's what I'd have guessed too, @carbon_rod, but it's surprisingly more complicated than that. Adolf, with that spelling, was actually never very popular in the US. It floated on and off of the charts, usually in the 800s or 900s when it was on, until 1928, after which it drops off altogether.
Adolph, with that spelling, was more popular. It was on the charts in the 100s and 200s through the 1910s, and then started slowly but consistently declining in the 1920s. It experienced a couple of sharper declines during WWII (at least it looks like it - I haven't run any stats, just looked at the numbers), and then went more-or-less back to it's usual pattern of steadily increasing decline until 1970, after which it disappears.
Jul 15th, 2011 at 02:39 GMT
I thought alphabetizing the names made it too easy, but looking at the stats the difficulty may be just right. Good quiz.
Jul 20th, 2011 at 14:45 GMT
Wow, I only missed Alvin. I was very surprised by Austin, Avery, Bryant & Byron!
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