The Ultimate Baby Name Explorer

While thinking about naming our kid, I found it fascinating to try to “collect” name lists. The question was: Once you’ve collected a big list of names, what do you do with it?

Well, the answer is that you feed the names into the double metaphone algorithm, write the results to a berkeley db4 database, and then use the levenshtein edit distance functions to sort names based on their length and sounds. And thus, I present you with…

The Ultimate Baby Name Explorer


6 thoughts on “The Ultimate Baby Name Explorer”

  1. Yeah, saw that, and kind of got inspired by it to focus more on names and less on stats. The problem that I have with the Baby Name Voyager is that its too hard to see all the names that sound the same together. For example, I’d like to easily see only “Rebecca, Rebeca, Rebbecca, Rebecka, Rebbeca and Rebekah” and group them together into a single “names that sound like Rebecca” group. I find grouping by sound to be more interesting than showing popularity.

    That said, a lot of great popularity data is available from the Social Security administration, and I’ve been trying to figure out how to blend that data in with the interface that I have so far. The other big feature that I’d like to try to figure out how to implement is some way to mark and “keep” names that I like, and store than in a session that I can come back to. Ah, if I only had infinite time!

  2. I am so sorry you had a horrible expereince with the bililight. My neice just has her baby on 11/17 and her baby required phototherapy. It was at a borderline level and her ped agreed to do the therapy at home. She had the same company and I agree they should have had a parent handbook and a velcro cover of some kind to hold everything in place. Luckily being an RN I helped her get it set up, but this was only the second time I had used this machine. We had the one that only went up against the back with the same thin covers, but the light needs to get to the baby. We put a onesie on the baby, slid the thing up the back of it and snapped it in place going out one side of the onesie. Tell your friends-it worked perfectly. Blressings, Lauren

  3. You can not believe how long ive been searching for something like this. Scrolled through 8 pages of Google results without finding anything. Quick search on Bing. There you are!… Really have to start using it more often!

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