Baby File by Open File
If you haven't yet had a chance to check out this amazing map of baby names, don't miss it.
The work of map guru Patrick Cain, the site lets users search most popular baby names based on postal code. It's cool to enter your digits and see the top 5 baby names for both boys and girls in your hood. You'll probably recognize names you hear fairly often on the playground, or even the name of your own child. (Don't despair: We all try to be original but we're fully up against the zeitgeist. We like what our peers like. It can't be helped.)
Or, you can just choose your city (if your city is Toronto, Hamilton or Ottawa) and click your way around looking at how people on one end of town name their babies compared to those on the other.
In my neighbourhood the most popular girls' names are:
And the most common boys' names are:
I'm pretty sure I've had kids with almost all of these names over to my house for a playdate or birthday party at some point.
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