An Interactive Chart of American Names

The latest interactive data visualization by researcher Randal Olson offers some intriguing facts about popular American names. After selecting a gender and entering a search item, Olson’s experiment combs through Social Security records to estimate and plot a name’s popularity over the past 115 years. But unlike other name graphs, Olson’s tool also delineates the number of people bearing the name who are both living and dead, and approximates the median birth year of people currently alive with the name and the age range they might fall into. Learn more in Fast Company and try it out on Flowing Data.