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Wow, this is a pretty cool video. I've seen variants of this, but this is a nice one.

It tracks names given to female babies since the late 1800's, and runs it from late 1800's until today. In the middle of the screen, the larger the bubble, the more girls are given that particular name.

Now, watch the upper right of the's a continual running of the years. And on the lower right, a bar chart of the most popular girl names.

For a big chunk of the early 20th century, it appears that "Mary" was the most popular name. And in my time of birth (1970's) Jennifer, Michele, and Kim were the most popular - and this certainly goes with my experience. Emily was probably the top in the last 10 years.

Awesome video. You need quick eyes to shift back and forth on the data. Good stuff. Remember to just keep your eyes on the changing years on the upper right, and the changing names in terms of popularity, on the lower right.
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