How popular was your name?

Search 22 million English birth records since the 1840s. Compare your friends or family, or see some interesting examples.

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About the data

The data derives from 22 million birth records transcribed by the volunteer UK Local BMD project, and includes 143,259 unique names over 177 years, over seven geographically diverse counties. The chart for each name shows the percentage of all transcribed records in which it appears. Data compiled by Dr Stephen Bush and Professor Tom Freeman of the University of Edinburgh. See the pre-print paper for more trends and network effects in the data.

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