So, it’s been forever since I posted. Got busier at work, the weather has been nice and I’ve gone on several trips- typical excuses. But I hope to get back to some more regular posts!
The 2014 baby names were released and I hope to load them into my database soon. In the meantime, here’s a fun list of names that saw dramatic increases in the last several years and to what or whom that can be attributed. I compiled the list by calculating which names saw the largest percentage increase in a two year timespan, filtering out very rare names, alternate spellings and only looking at the last 10 years. Here are the top 10…
|Name||Year||Count||2 Years Prior*||% Increase||Reason|
|Cataleya||F||2012||636||< 5||31,700%||Female assassin in movie Columbiana|
|Jaslene||F||2008||872||5||17,000%||Winner of America’s Next Top Model Season 8|
|Kanye||M||2004||507||5||10,040%||Rapper Kanye West|
|Allisson||F||2008||767||12||6,300%||Mexican TV star Allisson Lozz|
|Talan||M||2006||1058||20||5,200%||Reality star on MTV’s Laguna Beach|
|Audrina||F||2007||412||8||5,000%||Reality star on MTV’s The Hills|
|Akeelah||F||2006||403||8||5,000%||Movie Akeelah and the Bee|
|Miley||F||2007||1232||26||4,600%||Actress/singer Miley Cyrus from Disney’s Hannah Montana****|
*If the name did not appear in the database two years prior, I assigned it a value of 2. It’s hard to say whether it had zero names or up to four names, so it was a compromise. Plus assigning it at 0 made the percentages seem ridiculously high**- it would have been 63,000% for Cataleya, for example.
**Because 31,700% isn’t ridiculously high at all. 🙂
***Her real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty
****Her real name is Destiny Hope Cyrus