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About the Name Explorer

The Baby Name Explorer lets you explore over 30,000 baby names based on name popularity, the ratio of males to females with each name, and how a name is trending over the years.

Where does your data come from? The Social Security Administration (SSA) for baby name popularity and population size. The SSA publishes background information on how the data is collected and distributed for the interested. Average elementary school size comes from the National Center for Educational Statistics. Similiar names are computed using a combination of edit distance, and data from Name Nerds.

Were there really ten boys named Sarah in 2015? Looks like! Our data comes direct from the US Census Data, and that's what the Social Security Administration (SSA) reports. With a 3,961,981 babies born in 2015, there's bound to be at least a few reporting errors. There's also going to be a few really far out their names. There may have been 10 boys named Sarah, but there were also 16 girls named 'Abcde'.

Hey, my daughter's/brother's/neighbor's name isn't on the list! What gives? Congratulations on a super rare name! Your daughter/brother/neighbor is one of a kind! Or, more procisely, one of no more than 4. The Social Security Administration (SSA) does not include baby names when fewer than five babies were given the name.


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