Date registered: Sep 2004
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Personally I don't give a flying f*** about Scottish/Irish/English names.
What does interest me, however, are the unique names given to African American children. Names like Taquan, Tyrease, Shonntay, Deandrae, Keshaun etc. A study was published several years ago looking at 100,000 first names given to newborns by their parents from a NY city database and compared the most popular names by socioeconomic class and race. Not surprisingly the poorer minorities tended to give their children "unique" names (i.e., that appear only once in the database). The authors hypothesized that this was done in an attempt to distinguish themselves from the prevailing "white" culture. The most popular names for caucasian males were of biblical origin (both old and new Testament) such as John, James etc. Caucasian females also trended toward biblical names but less so than their caucasian male counterparts. Many white females were given what some consider to be "fanciful" names like Tiffany, Ashley etc. I.e., the more historically significant names were preferentially given to the male offspring . When they looked at the breakdown by socioeconomic class, African Americans, even those in the upper social strata, although having fewer "unique" names, tended to have more similarities to those of blacks in the lowest social strata than they did to whites.
Top 10 Names for 2005
males in order of incidence:
Jacob, Michael, Joshua, Matthew, Ethan , Andrew, Daniel, Anthony, Christopher, Joseph.
Emily, Emma, Madison, Abigail, Olivia, Isabella, Hannah, Smanatha, Ava, Ashley.
Even in 2005 we see the same strong trends in the naming of caucasian children.