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I've been looking at common names in different years, just on a whim really,
while I wait for other analysis to finish running..

Boy's names first.. Between the years of 1900 and 1920, the most common
boy's names were John, William, George, James, Thomas, Arthur in that order.
Followed by names like Charles and Albert.. For the most part. Of the top
ten, only three of them are not instantly associated with royalty.

During the 1920s, James overtook George and Ronald appeared out of nowhere
in fifth place.

Then in the 1930s, David became the second most popular name, and remained
in the top two right up until the 1980s.

Between the 1930s and 1940s, the name Michael became very popular, reaching
third place for two decades. As an aside, the name Winston increased in
popularity by 600% during 1940 and 1941, but was back to normal levels by

In the 1950s, the name Stephen made it to fourth place, after David (now the
most popular name), John, Michael.

The 1960s sees the first instance of Andrew, Mark, Ian and Richard in the
top ten. This is the only decade in which James does not feature in the top

The 1970s see the name Paul becoming the most popular, with David in second
place, followed by Mark, Andrew, James.

In the 1980s, the pattern resembles the sort of patterns I saw at school..
David, James, Christopher, Daniel, Andrew, Michael, Matthew, Paul, Mark,
Richard.. On the day of my birth (according to the very limited data I
have), the two most popular names were David and James - I feel so generic!

Moving on to the 1990s, Daniel is now at the top, followed by James, Thomas,
Matthew.. For the first time, names like Jack, Joshua and Ryan make the top
ten (even though I was always under the impression that Jack is a nickname
for John..).

As for the ladies..

From 1900 to 1920, Mary and Margaret were the two most popular names..
Others among the most popular include Doris, Florence, Edith, Annie, Elsie,
Gladys and Kathleen.

From the 1920s to the 1940s, Margaret was the most popular name, with names
like Betty, Jean, Elizabeth and Patricia among the runners up..

In the 1950s and 1960s, Susan was the most popular name, with more modern
competitors, such as Linda, Karen, Julie, Helen, Sharon..

In the 1970s and 1980s, the most popular name was Sarah, followed by Lisa,
Nicola, Joanne, Claire in the 70s, and by Emma, Laura, Rebecca, Claire,
Gemma in the 1980s (all very familiar names from school).

And finally, in the 1990s, the most popular name was Rebecca, followed by
Jessica, Charlotte, Lauren, Sophie, Amy..

Data is fun :o)

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Tehe oh james your geekery still entertains me! Anyway hows things etc?

I can't understand how Katie, Catherine or other such names are not there in the 80s. Every second person in my class, it seemed, was called Catherine or one of its derivatives...

The full list for the 80s goes:


Data is fun :o)

You spelt sad wrong.

(Yes I know it's a 1999 joke but these things can be recycled almost seemlessly at least once a decade)

Except wasn't that one of mine? :oP

Nope, you were prattling on about how "fun" it was to talk to Squigglybjǿrk about Star Wars... need I go on?

Argh, sorry for that other comment I'd posted.

Er, this is a bit random, but I was idly poking the Schools directory for people I might know, and you are the only other person on the whole of LiveJournal to list a Chinnor school (although I went to St Andrews and Icknield and am some years older than you). I'm highly amused at the 'names familiar from school' though, because it's entirely possible that some of the people you went to Lord Bill's with are the younger brothers and sisters of my St Andrew's classmates.

Anyway, hello fellow Chinnor-ite. :)

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