The rise of -n


One of my favorite public datasets is the baby name data published every year by the United States Social Security Administration (SSA). When I joined Row Zero, one of the first things I did was gather this data into a single csv (it's published as one csv per year) and upload it to S3 for us to use as a test dataset. It's nice because it's not too big — less than 8 KiB gzipped — but it's still too big for Excel since it has more than 2 million rows.

We've done a lot of fun ad hoc analyses of this data set. One of my colleagues produced a graph of baby name popularity over time by final letter, which prompted me to do a deeper dive on the popularity of baby boy names ending in with the letter n, and specifically with the suffix -ayden, -aiden, or -aden. I published that on Row Zero's blog. You can read it here: The Rise of -n. That blog post also has a link to a Row Zero workbook containing all the SSA baby name data from 1880 to 2022, which you can copy to do your own analysis.

Some fun takeaways:

Again, you can read the full analysis (including graphs!) over at Row Zero's blog.

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