I’m messing around with some Social Security baby name data, preparing examples for the upcoming Humanities Hackathon at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, where I’ll be teaching a one-day course on networks and graphs.
So here’s a quiz. I give a list of baby names which were strongly overrepresented among babies born in state X in 2011. You name the state.
- ['Jamison', 'Keagan', 'Nolan', 'Cullen', 'Finley', 'Dane', 'Bennett', 'Clay', 'Clayton', 'Sullivan']
- ['Santiago', 'Roberto', 'Iker', 'Alberto', 'Joe', 'Jose', 'Arturo', 'Gael', 'Armando', 'Raul', 'Gustavo', 'Juan', 'Mauricio', 'Julio']
- ['Francis', 'Nasir', 'Semaj', 'Shane']
- ['Ivan', 'Ismael', 'Edgar', 'Uriel', 'Francisco', 'Ramon', 'Damian', 'Gerardo', 'Emiliano', 'Sergio', 'Fernando', 'Esteban', 'Joaquin', 'Ernesto', 'Cesar', 'Moises', 'Diego', 'Ruben', 'Maximiliano', 'Johnny']
- ['Brendan', 'Conor', 'Seamus', 'Ronan', 'Theodore', 'Jadiel', 'Jacoby']
- ['Lawson', 'Khalil', 'Jamari', 'Chandler', 'Brantley', 'Cason', 'Davis', 'Braylen', 'Mekhi']
- ['Trenton', 'Remington', 'Kale', 'Dayton', 'Blaine', 'Clark', 'Karter', 'Jase', 'Lane', 'Gunner']
- ['Alonzo', 'Zaiden', 'Ezekiel', 'Trace', 'Orion', 'Cruz', 'Asher', 'Milo', 'Brodie', 'Jonas', 'Finley', 'Soren', 'Archer', 'Kellan', 'Ryker', 'Dillon', 'Zane', 'Kade', 'Nash', 'Kian', 'Cyrus', 'River', 'Uriah', 'Porter']
- ['Muhammad', 'Ali', 'Ahmed', 'Mohamed', 'Moshe', 'Aron', 'Solomon', 'Mohammed', 'Justin', 'Alvin', 'Mohammad', 'Wilson', 'Abraham', 'Ibrahim']
Hint: most of these are pretty big states, and one of them is Wisconsin.
Hint 2: Knowing about football will help you with one of these and knowing about baseball with another.
I think these are pretty hard.
Answers below the fold:
- Wisconsin. “Dane” is a county here, and “Clay” is huge thanks to Packers star Clay Mathews.
- Texas. One of two big states very rich in Spanish names. “Iker” is a surprise; it’s a Basque name, and Wikipedia tells me there are many more Basques in California than in Texas.
- Pennsylvania. “Semaj” is “James” spelled backwards, but why this is a differentially likely neonym in Penna. is a mystery to me.
- California. The other big state with a strong Spanish name presence. The relative strength of “Cesar” probably recalls Cesar Chavez, and “Diego” and “Joaquin” are attached to CA place names.
- Massachusetts. Irish people and Jacoby Ellsbury.
- Georgia. The names suggest a large black population, and “Brantley” and “Chandler” have an Old South feel.
- Missouri. Note “Remington” and “Gunner.” “Colt” is popular in MO, too, though not enough to make this list. People in Missouri like naming kids after guns.
- Colorado. This just seems totally right to me, though I would have had a hard time guessing it.
- New York. “Moshe.”