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How Republican or Democrat is your name?

How Republican or Democrat is your name?

Democrats apparently prefer certain first names, while Republicans prefer others. Verdant Labs, maker of the Nametrix baby name research app (motto: “Babies need names, but maybe not stripper names”), compiled this chart with data from its research into name preferences and data on political affiliations from the Federal Election Commission. (This is just a small portion of the chart — you can see the full version here.)

Verdant Labs says the most Democratic baby names are Jonah, Malik, Natasha and Maya, while the most Republican are Delbert, Duane, Bailey and Brittney. The data also show a clear political gender divide, with more female names on the left-hand side and more male names on the right-hand side. Interestingly, Verdant also says that the male name distribution is “shaped like a fish, with the Democrat side having a long tail.” This might be an indication that Republicans are more conservative in their choices for male names, while Democrats tend to go for something more distinctive.

Ana Swanson | November 25, 2014 at 7:30 am
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