Presidents, babies and their names


I have always wondered whether there was a pronounced correlation between the most popular baby names and that of the sitting president, a monkey see monkey do kinda thing. This is what I am investigating in this short post, additionally as all presidents thus far in the US have been men, I have not included girl names in the comparison.

The immediate realization from the map above, is that there does not seem to be any real correlation at all. At best, it seems like the few overlaps are coincidental and likely the result of the president having a common name that was already popular, like William or John. So this was a fluke, another avenue to investigate was whether the president’s name had a positive or negative impact on the popularity of the baby names, which I am planning to do in the future.


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