Project description

May 2015


An idea that came up while doing a completely different project with baby names. Combined with learning new D3.js functionalities such as Brushing and Voronoi


R (data prep) & D3.js


US version: Link SSA
Netherlands version: Netwerk Naamkunde & SVB

I know that many visualizations around baby names have already been made. Such as “The name voyager” by Martin Wattenberg, “The most unisex names” and “The most trendy names” by FlowingData, but also “The most poisoned names” by Hilary Parker.

I always wanted to try and see if I could also get something interesting from baby name data as well. My first focus was on the Dutch names, since here there wasn’t that much available in terms of more extensive visualizations (as far as I know of). I started sketching some ideas and the one showing the rise and fall of the order of the top 10 per year seemed most interesting to me.

I tried to create a visualization that gives the viewer a lot of freedom (as far as you can have freedom in a line chart) to investigate and search. Perhaps you have a few names that you want to look up. The full-time context chart combined with the color hover functionality in the top chart, for example, makes it easier for the viewer to investigate trends throughout time of for a specific name. To assist the viewer with a few statistics and insights I added a section below where you can click on specific words to make the chart jump to the view that is mentioned in the text (so the viewer doesn’t have to search or reset the time period themselves). Or, more as a small joke, you can just sit back and let the loop function show you all ~130 unique names that have ever popped up in the top 10 of babynames since 1880

After creating the Dutch version, I found that doing another country wouldn’t be very difficult as long as I had the data. So I added the US and found some very interesting similarities and differences in trends that I point out in the bottom section

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