March 21, 2005

Cool site

Found this over at Pharyngula. It's a site that will tell you how common your last name was by state over time. They give you cool colorized maps that you can post if you want to, but I don't know how to post pictures, so you'll just have to take my word for it.

The database only has the top 50,000 names. Interestingly, in 1850, my last name was common enough that it was included, and Ohio was bright green (~1 in 1000). By 1880, Ohio was back to blue, and Maryland was bright green. By 1920, Maryland was back to blue, and Pennsylvania was light blue. Finally, by 1990, you see it where you would expect it to be, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts (based on where a large portion of my ethnic group lives) as well as Nevada (...hmmm). It's interesting - I really wonder if those early pockets are part of my group. I actually don't think they are, especially since there's a more common spelling of my last name, and it doesn't start showing up at all until 1920. Who knows, though.

I also plugged in all the other names in my family. None of them show up at all until 1920, and they all show a huge (relative) increase between 1920 and 1990. Not surprising, given my group's immigration patterns. Of all my family names, only one (my dad's birth name) is moderately common around the whole country. Most states are at least some shade of light blue or green. Not surprising is that it is least common out west in the area of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, the Dakotas, and Utah, as well as the deep south.

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13 comments:

On 7/28/2005 9:02 PM, Anonymous Gothmog said:

My name barely makes a blip. Then again, this country isn't exactly known for its Dutch immigrants. Not too many dikes in the US that need plugging. (Insert inappropriate joke here.)

03.21.05 - 1:40 pm

 
On 7/28/2005 9:03 PM, Blogger Jolene said:

Heh. I think.

What about the Pennsylvania Dutch? Or are they not actually Dutch (German, maybe)?

Someone should post this over at The Other Place. I bet people would get a kick out of it. I'd do it myself, but, well, you know.

03.21.05 - 1:59 pm

 
On 7/28/2005 9:04 PM, Anonymous Gothmog said:

Right--the Pennsylvania Dutch are actually German (from the German word for "German," Deutsch).

You didn't comment, but aren't you impressed I can access your blog in the middle of the day? It's because I'm home sick. Just in case you were wondering.

03.21.05 - 2:57 pm

 
On 7/28/2005 9:05 PM, Blogger Jolene said:

Oh no! Feel better!

03.21.05 - 3:25 pm

 
On 7/28/2005 9:05 PM, Anonymous Wheezy said:

Awww, gotmom? is sick? Feel better, dood. But maybe you should stay sick until spring break starts. Then get better.

This was cool Jolene. The McManns hopped around all over the place.

03.21.05 - 5:52 pm

 
On 7/28/2005 9:06 PM, Anonymous ExI said:

Hmm. We had nothing in virtually the entire country for the first two options, except for a couple of states in the midwest, and New England. But then in 1920 there were a crapload of us in Wyoming and Vermont of all places. Now, we're pretty much stable in the 1 in 1000 phase across the country. Except for the South. interesting.

03.22.05 - 1:11 pm

 
On 7/28/2005 9:07 PM, Blogger Jolene said:

Ha! I guilted you into commenting.

03.22.05 - 1:39 pm

 
On 7/28/2005 9:08 PM, Anonymous ExI said:

Guilt? I don't do guilt. Unless it's self-imposed from my subconscious anyways. :P

03.22.05 - 1:40 pm

 
On 7/28/2005 9:09 PM, Anonymous Iggy said:

So my peeps were either from the south or Indiana in 1850, NV, UT, CO or RI in 1880 (which are so close to the south...), UT or KY in 1920, and everywhere in 1990. Interesting. Thanks for the link.

03.23.05 - 8:29 pm

 
On 7/28/2005 9:10 PM, Anonymous kimmah said:

I can't believe no one has made a mean comment about my name yet. What? Does no one think about me anymore?

IN 1850, we were every where. How scary. Now? mostly in the midwest and New England actually, with a darker green in the southeast.

03.24.05 - 1:06 am

 
On 7/28/2005 9:10 PM, Anonymous kimmah said:

OKay, disregard that previous comment. I am an idiot. I read the scale upside down. I'm a moron. Totally. The New England and midweast parts are totally blue still.

Really, I'm stupid.

03.24.05 - 1:08 am

 
On 7/28/2005 9:11 PM, Blogger Jolene said:

Kim, of course we think about you. But "Kimmah" didn't show up on the maps.

03.24.05 - 12:44 pm

 
On 7/28/2005 9:12 PM, Anonymous Dweeze said:

My last name makes a solid 1-1,000 green across the entire country for the year 1990. It's kind of pretty, actually.

03.25.05 - 10:21 am

 

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