Your mission, should you decide to accept it (where's my Mission Impossible music...drat, lost it), is:
This SNGF is based on the Baby Name Wizard at www.babynamewizard.com.
1) Go to the Baby Name Wizard site and see how popular your name was over the 20th century, and how popular a baby name it is today. Check out your spouse, your children and your grandchildren (if you have some!) also.
2) What does your name mean (find out on http://www.babynamewizard.com/baby-name)?
3) Tell us about it, and show us your graphs, in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, in a Facbook status or a Google+ Stream post.
1) I did both Rand and Linda: Here is the Rand (which includes Randall, Randy, Randi, Randolph, etc.):
I was named Randall in 1943 by my parents, right before the peak Randy-naming frenzy in the 1950s. In the 1940s, Randall was ranked #132 and Randy #155 for boys names. In 2011, Randall was ranked #855 for boys names.
Here is my wife's chart:
Linda was named in 1942, right at the peak of the Linda-naming frenzy. It was #2 on the girls name list in the 1940s. In 2011, it was ranked #592.
My daughter Lori was born in 1974; her exact name ranked #32 in the 1970s. It peaked in the 1970s.
My daughter Tami was born in 1976. Her exact name ranked #273 in the 1970s. It peaked in the 1970s.
My grandson Lucas was born in 2003. His name ranked #67 in 2004. This name has surged since the 1970s. It was #811 in the 1960s.
My grandson Logan was born in 2006. His name ranked #19 in 2006. This name has surged since the 1990s - it was #755 in the 1970s.
My granddaughter Lauren was born in 2005. Her name ranked #21 in 2005. This name peaked at #13 in the 1990s.
My granddaughter Audrey was born in 2008. Her name ranked #44 in 2008. This name is having a resurgence - it was #73 in the 1920s and 30s, slipped to #255 in the 1970s, and has come back in the 2000s.
2) The origin of Randall is: Transferred use of the English surname derived from Randolf (shield wolf), a personal name of Germanic origin introduced by both the Scandinavians in the form Randulfr and the Normans in the form Randolph.
The origin of Linda is: Of various derivations, Linda is formed from the Spanish linda (beautiful, pretty). It is also a short form of any of the Germanic compound names containing the element lind (tender, soft, weak). Alternatively, Linda is used as a short form of Belinda, which is a name of uncertain origin.
3) I did!
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