GoFigure! Analysis: What Baby Names Tell Us About Ethnic and Gender Trends

When it comes to baby naming, like New York City itself, it’s one big melting pot.

GoFigure! What Baby Names Tell Us About Ethnic and Gender Trends

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What Will You Learn?

  • Do parents chose specific ethnic names for their children or a more ethnically neutral name?
  • Which names are given equally between White, Hispanic, Black and Asian ethnic groups?
  • Do parents choose specifically female or male names, or do they prefer unisex names?
  • Is it a popular trend to give unisex names?

What's in This Whitepaper?

To answer these questions, we analyzed a data set form Kaggle that included 1,571 names of 164,965 female babies, and 1,417 names of 207,569 Male Babies born in New York City between 2011 and 2016 (7). The dataset included the ethnic group of each baby.

Why Should You Read It?

Our study has shown a fascinating overarching fact. When it comes to baby-naming trends, New Yorkers are very sure about two choices in particular. This report uncovers those two choices with analysis of ethnicity and gender.

And for those less traditional parents who have entertained the idea of giving their child a gender-neutral name, we’ve identified the most popular as well.

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Our name tells a story about us. It can determine our career. It can influence how smoothly we navigate through life or alternatively how hard it can be for us to get ahead.


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