Saturday, November 24, 2012

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Baby Name Wizard

From Randy over at Genea-Musings:

Dear genealogists everywhere, it's Saturday Night!  Time for some Genealogy FUN.

Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

 (This SNGF is based on the Baby Name Wizard at

1)  Go to the Baby Name Wizard site and see how popular your name was over the 20th century, and how popular a baby name it is today.  Check out your spouse, your children and your grandchildren (if you have some!) also.  

2)  What does your name mean (find out on

3)  Tell us about it, and show us your graphs, in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, in a Facebook status or a Google+ Stream post.  

Here's mine: 

1)   My parents named me Elizabeth in 1967.  That name was ranked #17 during that decade.  Elizabeth has always been popular, but its peak was in the 1880s when it was the 4th most popular baby name for girls.  It's lowest dip in popularity came during the 1940s when it was ranked #25.  It had a surge in the 1980s and 1990s when it again climbed into the top 10.  As of 2011, Elizabeth was ranked #11.

(I couldn't for the life of me get the big chart to copy.  So I had to settle for the slimmed down version.)

2)  The origin of the name Elizabeth:  "Derived from the Hebrew elisheba' (God is my oath).  The name is borne in the Bible by a kinswoman of the Virgin Mary and mother of John the Baptist." From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

3)  Done!

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