American Names · Analysis · Religious Names

Bible Names in the Top 100

Following up on my earlier claim that there were likely far more boys in the U.S. than girls with Biblical names, I decided to examine the 2014 popularity data more closely.  I’ve picked out the Bible names and done some data visualization. 

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As you can see, the few girls’ names are dwarfed by the sea of boys’ names.  This isn’t to say that there aren’t more feminine names from the Bible, but that there are a) comparatively fewer of them and b) a lot of the ones that would traditionally have been popular have fallen out of favor.  Rebecca is hardly in the top 200 these days, and whenever I type it online somewhere the spell-check shows that characteristic red line for “misspelled.”  Including right now as I type this.

If you’d like to study the 2014 data more thoroughly for yourself, you can do it here.  I recommend switching the detail from “standard” to “extended.”

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