Turns out some names do become popular because of celebrities. Though I guess in the “big picture” the names celebrities have is going to be random. (via Andrew Gelman)
There’s a real story in the name “Darwin”, which peaked around 1930 at #315. As far as I know it always traces back to Charles; it first appears on the chart in 1890. It seems to be sort of a country name. There are two Darwins that I know of around here, and there were one or two Darwins in Iowa where my father grew up. My guess is that it’s the village atheist name, from a time when there were a fair number of village atheists.
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