Saturday, June 16, 2012

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - How Popular is My Name?

This week's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun Challenge from Randy Seaver of Gena-Musings is as follows:

1)  Go to the Popular Baby Name page on the Find the Best website at

2)  Enter your given name into the search box, click the appropriate gender button, and click on the "All" Decade button.  Note the results for your given name.

3)  Tell us about how the popularity of your name has changed over the decades.  Were you named during the buildup, the height, or the drawdown of the popularity of your given name?

4)  Share your results in a blog post of your own, in comments to this blog post, or in a Facebook status or Google+ Stream post.

My results are as follows:

I used my first name Mavis.

1900s, Rank = 745, Percent with Name = 0.0076%,
       Number of Babies = 235
1910s, Rank = 426, Percent with Name = 0.0201%,
     Number of Babies = 1,707
1920s, Rank = 280, Percent with Name = 0.0446%,
     Number of Babies = 5,527
1930s, Rank = 288, Percent with Name = 0.0408%,
     Number of Babies = 4,505
1940s, Rank = 466, Percent with Name = 0.0181%,
     Number of Babies = 2,699
1950s, Rank = 724, Percent with Name = 0.0087%,
     Number of Babies = 1,722

These were the only years in which my name was ranked. Nothing prior to 1900 or after 1950. While never a very popular name, the peak years for my name were the 1920s and 1930s. By the time I came along, the name had already reached whatever peak it was going to reach.

When I was a kid, I hated my name because I knew of no other person with that name. During my life time I've only met a few other Mavis'. Needless to say I've never found my name among the many name tags, etc. Today I just solve that problem by having things custom made with my name on them.

1 comment:

  1. Like me, I have never found any cups with my name written on it.


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