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How popular is your name?

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19 minutes ago, crashmonitor said:

Just takes one song...Jeez Jimmy introduces it, not seen him for a while since BBC  have scrapped all his repeats. And youtube wont allow me to embed anything with Jimmy in either apparently.

https://youtu.be/LTKORcr1jhY

Babynameometer shows that Jezza the cunt is not as popular as he thinks.

 

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1 hour ago, Frank Hovis said:

IMO it's one of those names like Paul or Mark which are reasonably nice and neutral and tend to be cyclical because if there are lots in a few years of school then there aren't many for the next ten years and then they come back.

They don't have any particular associations or image as do, say, Tony, Clive, Barry.  As in you hear the name Clive and you get a mental image of the person but you don't get this with a Paul.

That's exactly the point Alan Bennett is making -- we don't (any more) name babies after 'people who we don't feel positive about', and, most of all, we don't name babies after people we associate with being decrepit.  

So, when I was little there were few Arthurs and Cecils, but more Clives and Barrys.  These days Clive and Barry are in the decline, but I'd imagine that there'll be more Arthurs and Cecils -- because most of them will be dead and new parents might delve into their family tree to find a great-grandfather to name their baby after.  Great-grandad will be noted for their lifely activities, like being brave in the war or being a working-class hero in the steel-works, and definitely not noted for dribbling in an old-people's home (which is what their parents will remember their grandad as).

That said, one of the massive changes over the last 40 years is the relative disappearance of naming children after older members in their family -- when I was at school it was normal to ask 'who are you named after' -- I'd imagine these days the answer is more likely to be 'remember season 3 of Love Island'...

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13 minutes ago, dgul said:

That's exactly the point Alan Bennett is making -- we don't (any more) name babies after 'people who we don't feel positive about', and, most of all, we don't name babies after people we associate with being decrepit.  

So, when I was little there were few Arthurs and Cecils, but more Clives and Barrys.  These days Clive and Barry are in the decline, but I'd imagine that there'll be more Arthurs and Cecils -- because most of them will be dead and new parents might delve into their family tree to find a great-grandfather to name their baby after.  Great-grandad will be noted for their lifely activities, like being brave in the war or being a working-class hero in the steel-works, and definitely not noted for dribbling in an old-people's home (which is what their parents will remember their grandad as).

That said, one of the massive changes over the last 40 years is the relative disappearance of naming children after older members in their family -- when I was at school it was normal to ask 'who are you named after' -- I'd imagine these days the answer is more likely to be 'remember season 3 of Love Island'...

 

 

What you need to know - are people being named from a wider pool?

Or is it different names now - Piotr, Mohammed etc.

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13 hours ago, Cosmic Apple said:

1900 baby boys with my full biblical name, but only 21 boys and 3 girls with the shortened version I use for everything, even some bank accounts (not sure how as its in full on my licence and passport which I've used to verify my ID).

You must have a very rare biblical name as they are in fashion now...Ebenezer has just made 4,000 in a year...does anybody read Dickens these days.

Edit...shit I misunderstood it is 4000th most popular name, that's more like it.O.o

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Does the report list all the bari my spellings of Mohammed separately?

What would the ranking be if they were grouped together?

Edited by Bkkandrew
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2 minutes ago, crashmonitor said:

You must have a very rare biblical name as they are in fashion now...Ebenezer has just made 4,000 in a year...does anybody read Dickens these days.

Must be. It was very popular in the 80s through to the early 90s I believe. I have my own book in the bible :)

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I see Endeavour made a first appearance in 2016 at 13,000th, presumably after the Morse prequel. It was a Colin Dexter joke that it gave Morse life long trauma..a bit like the boy named Sue.

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17 minutes ago, crashmonitor said:

I see Endeavour made a first appearance in 2016 at 13,000th, presumably after the Morse prequel. It was a Colin Dexter joke that it gave Morse life long trauma..a bit like the boy named Sue.

Nah, wannabe pirates  :)

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Only 7 babies were given my name in 2017. It’s a really meh name. I don’t think it was ever fashionable and it won’t ever be. The shortened version is marginally better.

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1 hour ago, spygirl said:

 

 

What you need to know - are people being named from a wider pool?

Or is it different names now - Piotr, Mohammed etc.

Well, yes.  There's going to be a pile of Mo, because Muslim boys all* called Mo something.  A bit like Maria in Catholic countries.  

Actually, the stats people are being fantastically naive, because the measure of 'boys named Mohammed (and other spellings)' is a fairly good proxy measure of the spread of Islam in the country.  It is seldom actually used as the calling name of the individual -- it would clearly be too confusing.  So Muhammad Amir will usually be called Amir.  

If they had any sense at all they'd drop the religious honour names from the stats, because it isn't actually serving any useful purpose.  But, of course, they can't do that, because that would be dishonouring the prophet...  (actually, I think they just haven't realised).  Similarly they could remove the honour names from passports, because it is a proxy for religious affiliation (but they've not done that either).

Anyway, as it stands the incidence of Mohammed (and derivatives) does indicate the %age of Islam boys born in the country, and they don't seem to be doing anything to hide the fact**.

[* Can't remember the stats -- I recall something like 98% for some countries]

[** other than the interesting one -- they count all derivatives separately.  So Muhammad isn't the most common boys' name in the country, even if Muhammad (etc) is.]

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12 minutes ago, Battenberg said:

Only 7 babies were given my name in 2017. It’s a really meh name. I don’t think it was ever fashionable and it won’t ever be. The shortened version is marginally better.

Batty?

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31 minutes ago, Battenberg said:

Only 7 babies were given my name in 2017. It’s a really meh name. I don’t think it was ever fashionable and it won’t ever be. The shortened version is marginally better.

No children were given my daughter's name in the year of her birth.

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56 minutes ago, dgul said:

No children were given my daughter's name in the year of her birth.

Or .. less tnan 4. Theres some blurb on it.

Hope young Vagina's doing ok.

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6 hours ago, Happy Renting said:

I like traditional Biblical names.

Judas,  Jonah,  Pontius,  Barrabas,  Herod,  Beelzebub.

I wanted to call our daughter Jezebel but the wife was having none of it, even though she claims not to be religious.

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19 hours ago, wherebee said:

nice way to gather intel on DOSBODDERS names.

Reminds me of the old "Create your pornstar name" pass-it-on I once saw on Facebook.

"Take your first pet's name and your mother's maiden name - put them together and see what you get..."

Followed by tons of replies along the lines of "OMFG, that makes me Stanley O'Malley ROFL!"

And I looked at it and thought to myself:

"So, how many cretins have just given away the answers to two security questions used by banks,  online service providers etc...?"

 

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30 minutes ago, unregistered_guest said:

Reminds me of the old "Create your pornstar name" pass-it-on I once saw on Facebook.

"Take your first pet's name and your mother's maiden name - put them together and see what you get..."

Followed by tons of replies along the lines of "OMFG, that makes me Stanley O'Malley ROFL!"

And I looked at it and thought to myself:

"So, how many cretins have just given away the answers to two security questions used by banks,  online service providers etc...?"

 

Some people call their pet Stanley?

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16 minutes ago, Happy Renting said:

Some people call their pet Stanley?

Allegedly.

It is possible that people lie on these pass-it-ons too. Provided they don't tell the same lie to their bank, they'll be fine.

Now, if you don't mind, I've got to give Stanley his dinner...

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1 hour ago, unregistered_guest said:

Reminds me of the old "Create your pornstar name" pass-it-on I once saw on Facebook.

"Take your first pet's name and your mother's maiden name - put them together and see what you get..."

Followed by tons of replies along the lines of "OMFG, that makes me Stanley O'Malley ROFL!"

And I looked at it and thought to myself:

"So, how many cretins have just given away the answers to two security questions used by banks,  online service providers etc...?"

 

Shithead mckay

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