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Would you consider naming your kid "Adolf"?

With this question in mind, let's see how really disgusted the nation was with the Blue Dress incident. Here is a graphical representation of the number of newborns in the US who were given the same first name as a public figure.

Turns out, the impeachment circus endeared Bill to the core demographics  of young adults. Monica fared not as well. Of course, Bill Oh Really? of Fox would take credit, and "Friends" had been on the air for way too long, but I'd discount those.

Next, was Ronald Reagan really that appealing?

Not really (aside from a tiny Berlin Wall bump), and neither were the two Georges. Even Clooney's ill fortune of sharing the name did not help.

I am looking forward to the 2006 numbers for George. There might be a pony brought by a stork somewhere there.

A couple of disconcerting items regarding the 2008 candidates. It looks like Hillary managed to turn off more than just the Republicans in 1992/1993, and the negative name recognition persisted. And Al(bert) Gore did not perturb the trend at all.Chart2

The name popularity indices are taken from the Social Security Administration. The index is inverted and normalized to the 30-year average.

Originally posted to KPlayer on Thu Feb 08, 2007 at 12:45 AM PST.


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