RENEE MOILANEN: Who picks a name for a newborn without crunching the data first? – The Daily Breeze

But then my engineering husband took charge. What we needed, he reasoned, was a more mathematical approach to baby naming.

First, he had us each write down names that appealed to us. Second, my husband categorized our choices using three different baby name books to determine that we wanted a timeless name in the “fitting in/standing out” genre. Next, he downloaded 200 years’ worth of historical baby name data from the Social Security Administration and loaded it into a geeky software program called Matlab.

Lastly – I swear I am not making this up – he created an algorithm to yield all of the timeless, fitting in/standing out and not-too-trendy names by weeding out names with big popularity spikes (goodbye Jennifer and Jason) and those currently in the top 100 of popularity.

via RENEE MOILANEN: Who picks a name for a newborn without crunching the data first? – The Daily Breeze.

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