The SSA’s baby name data isn’t perfect. In fact, when it comes to the earliest years on record, some of the data is downright misleading.
I think most of us who write about names regularly are aware of the issues with the data set, but we don’t mention it as often as we should. (Me included, of course.)
So I’m grateful that blogger David Taylor has created graphics to illustrate the problematic aspects of the U.S. Baby Names dataset. I can’t improve upon his explanations, so I’ll just embed his slideshow below and recommend that everyone go check out the original post.