Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Baby names for boys: Gesundheit

Just a few weeks after I posted maps on the most popular baby names by state, the Social Security Administration released data for 2006. Note that William still reigns in the South and nowhere else (picking up Arkansas from last time), and that Jacob is still big in all regions except the South. I don't know where Landon and Logan came from; are they TV characters? Massachusetts is insistent that Matthew Broderick/Fox/McCaughney is an ideal name, but no one else agrees. It's probably a coincidence that Massachusetts is the only state with gay marriage and Matt is the most popular gay porn name from this list (Isaiah and Jacob don't show up much, and Bill reeks of straightness). Maybe people who live in Massachusetts simply have a fondness for words that sound like sneezes.

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