Each year Service Alberta publishes a list of Alberta baby names. We’ve downloaded this list from Alberta Open Data and created the following visualization to help you see how the popularity of names has changed over the years.
The rectangles represent the relative popularity of a name in a given year. The rectangle’s colour represents the name’s gender and its size reflects the expected frequency of the name in a population of 100,000 babies.
We divide the frequency of a name by the total frequency of all names of the same gender for a given year (then multiply by 100,000).
Use the dropdown on the side to select gender.
Yes, the name’s relative popularity is increasing. If the rectangles get smaller, the name’s relative popularity is decreasing.
Click the little sort icon that appears when you mouse over the column headings. The list is sorted on 2012 popularity by default.
You can search for names by clicking on the search icon (magnifying glass) on the First Name dropdown on the side. We’ve filtered out names with frequencies less than 5. Check the Alberta Open Data site for original list.