29    Sep 20102 comments

What do the Top 25 First Names on Twitter Tell Us?

Earlier this month we ran a story about the Top 10 surnames on Twitter.

What I forgot to mention in that story was that it was a blog post I’d read not long ago about Australian Twitter user (first) names that got me first thinking of Twitter as a tool for family research.

In that blog post the team from Tribalytic compared the frequency of twitter user first names (from the 220,000-odd accounts they track) to the most popular baby names in Australia over various decades

When analysing the top 25 names from each list (see the tables below) it seems that the greatest correlation is between babies born in the 80’s and current twitter users.

For me, as a lover of technology (as well as family history), that’s  kind of interesting as it suggests that the average twitter user may actually be in their mid 20’s, and not in their 30’s and 40’s as seems to be the general consensus at the moment.

For many of you, however, the tables may be a source of interest for other reasons, such as; a readily accessible list of popular baby names over the decades, or maybe as an interesting tool for showing how much (or how little) first names have changed in popularity over the years. 

Either way, it goes to show that Twitter is more than just a place for people to tell the world what they had for lunch. Moreover, it's becoming a tool that many people interested in family history research are tapping into as a research and general information tool.

With that in mind, I can’t recommend enough that if you’re not already signed up to Twitter that you go and get yourself an account. It’s a great way to keep up to date with information from some really interesting people and organisations associated with Genealogy and Family History and is simple to do.

As a starter, here are the various MyHeritage accounts you can follow once you have your account:

If you struggle with anything during that process, just post a comment on this post and I'll do my best to help you out.

Now onto the tables:





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  1. There are a lot of baby names websites on the internet to help you find a name for your new little one. I found this site very useful and easy to navigate. It's located at http://www.findbabynames.com. As the name implies, it's a great website to find baby names with their meanings and origins.
  2. Very interesting analysis!

    Especially since very few people on Twitter disclose their age. This is a clever way to estimate that information.


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