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Should We Name Hurricanes to Maximize Donations?

hurricaneIn 2008, psychologists Jesse Chandler, Tiffany M. Griffin, and Nicholas Sorensen published a study showing that people who shared an initial with a hurricane name were over-represented among hurricane relief donors. So, for instance, people with R-names donated significantly more than other people to Hurricane Rita relief efforts. (This is an offshoot of the name-letter effect.)

A few years later, marketing professor Adam Alter came up with an interesting idea: Why not use this knowledge to try to maximize donations to hurricane relief efforts? He explained:

In the United States, for example, more than 10% of all males have names that begin with the letter J-names like James and John (the two most common male names), Joseph and Jose, Jason, and Jeffrey. Instead of beginning just one hurricane name with the letter J each year (in 2013, that name will be Jerry), the World Meteorological Organization could introduce several J names each year. Similarly, more American female names begin with M than any other letter–most of them Marys, Marias, Margarets, Michelles, and Melissas–so the Organization could introduce several more M names to each list.

I think his idea is a good one overall. It wouldn’t cost much to implement, but could potentially benefit many hurricane victims.

I would go about choosing the names differently, though.

Repeating initials multiple times within a single hurricane season would be unwise, for instance. It would cause confusion, which would undermine the reason we started naming hurricanes in the first place (“for people easily to understand and remember” them, according to the WMO).

But optimizing the name lists using data on real-life usage? That would be smart.

I might even try optimizing based on demographics. Baby boomers are particularly generous donors, so maybe we should choose letters (or even names) with that generation in mind?

The baby boomers were born from the mid-1940s to the mid-1960s, so here are the top initials for babies born in 1956 (60 years ago):

Top first letters of baby names, 1956, U.S.

Here are two possible lists of hurricane names using the above letters. I stuck with the WMO’s conventions: 21 names total, alternating genders, and no retired names.

Mid-century style Modern style

And here’s another point: we wouldn’t want to assign these names in order. While the official hurricane season lasts a full six months — June to November — most hurricane activity happens in August, September and October:

Number of Tropical Cyclones per 100 Years (NOAA)

To really optimize, we’d want to reserve the top initials/names for the stronger mid-season hurricanes, which tend to do the most damage. So we could start the season using mid-list names, then jump to the top of the list when August comes around and go in order from that point forward (skipping over any mid-list names that had already been used).

What are your thoughts on assigning hurricane names with disaster relief in mind? Do you think it could work? What strategy/formula would you use to select relief-optimized hurricane names?

Sources: In the “I” of the storm: Shared initials increase disaster donations, Smart Hurricane Names: A Policy Intervention that Costs Almost Nothing but Should Attract Billions of Dollars in Aid, Tropical Cyclone Programme – WMO
Image: Tropical Cyclone Climatology – National Hurricane Center – NOAA

P.S. While J, D and R were the top initials 60 years ago, today’s top initials are A, J and M.

Popular Baby Names in Queensland, 2015

According to data from Queensland Government, the most popular baby names in Queensland in 2015 were Charlotte and Oliver.

Here are Queensland’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:

Baby Girl Names Baby Boy Names
1. Charlotte, 415 baby girls
2. Olivia, 357
3. Amelia, 344
4. Ava, 322
5. Mia, 314
6. Emily, 280
7. Sophie, 276
8. Grace, 260
9. Ella, 248
10. Ruby, 245
1. Oliver, 541 baby boys
2. William, 463
3. Jack, 402
4. Noah, 314
5. Thomas, 310
6. Harrison, 293 (tie)
7. Ethan, 293 (tie)
8. Cooper, 285
9. James, 280
10. Henry, 257

In the girls’ top 10, Ruby dropped 6 places, Amelia rose 5 places, and Grace and Ella replaced Chloe and Isabella.

In the boys’ top 10, Ethan and Henry replaced Hunter and Lucas.

Here are Queensland’s 2014 rankings.

Source: 2015 Top 100 Baby Names

Popular Baby Names in Northern Territory, 2015

According to the government of Northern Territory, Australia, the most popular baby names in NT in 2015 were Charlotte and Jack.

Here are Northern Territory’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:

Baby Girl Names Baby Boy Names
1. Charlotte, 20 baby girls
2. Ava, 14 (tie)
3. Ella, 14 (tie)
4. Emily, 14 (tie)
5. Lucy, 14 (tie)
6. Olivia, 14 (tie)
7. Isla, 13 (tie)
8. Matilda, 13 (tie)
9. Sophie, 13 (tie)
10. Chloe, 12 (tie)
1. Jack, 24 baby boys
2. James, 22
3. William, 19
4. Thomas, 18
5. Levi, 16
6. Oliver, 15 (tie)
7. Ryan, 15 (tie)
8. Lucas, 14
9. Hunter, 13 (tie)
10. Isaac, 13 (tie)

Tied with Chloe was Evie (in 11th place), and tied with Hunter and Isaac were Lachlan, Liam and Samuel (in 11th, 12th and 13th place).

Here are Northern Territory’s 2014 rankings.

Source: Popular Names – Department of the Attorney-General and Justice

Update, 8/22/2016: Just learned that, technically, the top baby name in NT last year was “not stated.”

Why? Because parents of ninety of the nearly 4,000 babies born in 2015 weren’t able to get a name registered within NT’s 60-day naming deadline.

Most of these parents simply weren’t able to decide in time. Others did decide in time, but the names they chose were rejected by the registrar.

Source: Why ‘not stated’ tops the baby names list in the Territory

Most Popular U.S. Baby Names of 2015

According to the Social Security Administration, Emma and Noah were the most popular baby names in the United States in 2015.

Here’s the top 10:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Emma, 20355 baby girls
2. Olivia, 19553
3. Sophia, 17327
4. Ava, 16286
5. Isabella, 15504
6. Mia, 14820
7. Abigail, 12311
8. Emily, 11727
9. Charlotte, 11332
10. Harper, 10241
1. Noah, 19511 baby boys
2. Liam, 18281
3. Mason, 16535
4. Jacob, 15816
5. William, 15809
6. Ethan, 14991
7. James, 14705
8. Alexander, 14460
9. Michael, 14321
10. Benjamin, 13608

Emma and Noah were also the #1 names in 2014.

Harper replaces Madison in the girls’ top 10; Benjamin replaces Daniel in the boys’ top 10.

Here’s the rest of the top 50:

Girl Names Boy Names
11. Madison, 10038
12. Amelia, 9795
13. Elizabeth, 9656
14. Sofia, 9650
15. Evelyn, 9313
16. Avery, 9298
17. Chloe, 7884
18. Ella, 7852
19. Grace, 7589
20. Victoria, 7575
21. Aubrey, 7357
22. Scarlett, 7100
23. Zoey, 6900
24. Addison, 6683
25. Lily, 6617
26. Lillian, 6571
27. Natalie, 6466
28. Hannah, 6372
29. Aria, 6371
30. Layla, 6289
31. Brooklyn, 6268
32. Alexa, 6029
33. Zoe, 5995
34. Penelope, 5921
35. Riley, 5707
36. Leah, 5585
37. Audrey, 5581
38. Savannah, 5413
39. Allison, 5329
40. Samantha, 5304
41. Nora, 5301
42. Skylar, 5258
43. Camila, 5257
44. Anna, 5094
45. Paisley, 5056
46. Ariana, 4933
47. Ellie, 4838
48. Aaliyah, 4836
49. Claire, 4805
50. Violet, 4779
11. Elijah, 13511
12. Daniel, 13408
13. Aiden, 13378
14. Logan, 12862
15. Matthew, 12648
16. Lucas, 12246
17. Jackson, 12182
18. David, 11691
19. Oliver, 11592
20. Jayden, 11475
21. Joseph, 11375
22. Gabriel, 10782
23. Samuel, 10733
24. Carter, 10727
25. Anthony, 10564
26. John, 10303
27. Dylan, 10232
28. Luke, 10219
29. Henry, 10112
30. Andrew, 10027
31. Isaac, 9878
32. Christopher, 9742
33. Joshua, 9720
34. Wyatt, 9597
35. Sebastian, 9569
36. Owen, 9549
37. Caleb, 8727
38. Nathan, 8530
39. Ryan, 8474
40. Jack, 8456
41. Hunter, 8284
42. Levi, 8236
43. Christian, 8127
44. Jaxon, 8015
45. Julian, 8003
46. Landon, 7896
47. Grayson, 7852
48. Jonathan, 7577
49. Isaiah, 7528
50. Charles, 7125

In the girls’ top 50, Alexa, Paisley, Ellie and Violet replace Arianna, Gabriella, Sadie and Sarah.

In the boys’ top 50, Grayson and Charles replace Eli and Aaron.

Impressive rises:

  • Alexa rose 31 places, from 63rd to 32nd
  • Violet rose 17 places, from 67th to 50th
  • Grayson rose 16 places, from 63rd to 47th
  • Oliver rose 13 places, from 32nd to 19th
  • Riley (girl name) rose 12 places, from 47th to 35th

Impressive drops:

  • Arianna dropped 16 places, from 40th to 56th
  • Gabriella dropped 11 places, from 43rd to 54th
  • Anna dropped 10 places, from 34th to 44th

There’s much more to come! Until then, I’ll quote liberally from the SSA’s press release:

Each year, the list reveals the effect of pop-culture on naming trends. This year’s winners for biggest jump in popularity in the Top 1,000 are Alaia and Riaan.

Alaia jumped 2,012 spots on the girls’ side to number 664, from number 2,676 in 2014. Perhaps this can be attributed to high fashion designer Azzedine Alaia, or maybe it is because of Alaia Baldwin, the model/daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin.

Riaan increased 1,360 spots for the boys, from number 2,286 in 2014 to number 926. Of Indian origin, it is also the name of the young son of a well-known Bollywood actor, Riteish Deshmukh.

The second fastest riser for girls was Meilani. If you have ever watched MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” and maybe even if you haven’t, you’ve heard of Jenni “JWoww” Farley. She gave birth to daughter Meilani in 2014. On a different American shore, out in Hawaii, is another well-known Meilani–Bethany Meilani Hamilton, the professional surfer whose story of surviving a shark attack was documented in the movie “Soul Surfer.”

For boys, it was Huxley (a brave new comeback for the late science fiction writer?).

Some other notable names in the top 10 biggest increase category, and some possible reasons for their newfound popularity:

  • Omari and Jabari for boys. Omari Hardwick is an actor, known for his roles in “Sparkle,” “The A-Team,” and BET Network’s “Being Mary Jane.” He currently stars in “Power,” a popular cable TV series. Jabari Parker is a professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks. He was the second overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft out of Duke.
  • Adaline and Zelda for girls. “The Age of Adaline” is a 2015 fantasy film starring Blake Lively, Harrison Ford, Michiel Huisman, and Ellen Burstyn. As for Zelda, maybe the legend continues to grow?

I’ll also note that the name Isis dropped from 705th place (398 baby girls) in 2014 to 1770th place (117 baby girls) in 2015.

Source: Emma and Noah Once Again Social Security’s Most Popular Baby Names for 2015

U.S. Baby Names 2015: Most Popular Baby Names, Top Debuts: Girl Names, Top Debuts: Boy Names, Biggest Changes in Popularity: Girl Names, Biggest Changes in Popularity: Boy Names, First Letter Popularity, Name Length Popularity

Popular Baby Names in Saskatchewan, 2015

According to data from eHealth Saskatchewan, the most popular baby names in the province in 2015 were Olivia and Liam.

Here are Saskatchewan’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:

Baby Girl Names Baby Boy Names
1. Olivia, 80 baby girls
2. Emily, 63
3. Emma, 63
4. Ava, 56
5. Avery, 53
6. Sophia, 53
7. Zoey, 45
8. Brooklyn, 45
9. Aria, 43
10. Mia, 41
1. Liam, 69 baby boys
2. Noah, 65
3. Benjamin, 64
4. Lincoln, 57
5. Lucas, 57
6. William, 56
7. Hudson, 53
8. Wyatt, 53
9. Hunter, 52
10. Jack, 51

These rankings are pretty different from the 2014 rankings. Zoe, Aria and Mia replace Sadie, Ella and Lily on the girls’ side, and Benjamin, Lincoln, Wyatt, Hunter and Jack replace Mason, Jacob, Logan, Carter on the boys’ side.

The government of Saskatchewan does have the right to reject baby names it deems unacceptable, but this rarely happens:

“I have never denied a name, I’ve never even had one brought to me to look at,” said Pat Dean, registrar with Vital Statistics and director of Health Registries.

For the last eight years there has not been a name submitted that’s been objectionable to Vital Statistics.

Objectionable names include those that could be confusing (like “Baby”) or embarrassing.

Sources: Most Popular Baby Names in Saskatchewan for 2015, It’s the law: Bad baby names can be denied in Saskatchewan

Popular Baby Names in New Zealand, 2015

According to New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs, the most popular baby names in New Zealand in 2015 were Olivia and Oliver.

Here are New Zealand’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Olivia, 268 baby girls
2. Charlotte, 260
3. Harper, 259
4. Sophie, 255
5. Emily, 247
6. Ella, 233
7. Isla, 230
8. Mia, 217
9. Amelia, 209
10. Isabella, 201
1. Oliver, 348 baby boys
2. Jack, 308
3. William, 272
4. James, 251
5. Benjamin, 246
6. Mason, 238
7. Hunter, 236
8. Charlie, 229
9. Liam, 228
10. Jacob, 220

Mia and Isabella replace Sophia and Ruby in the girls’ top 10, and Hunter and Charlie replace Noah and Lucas in the boys’ top 10.

Harper, now 3rd, was down in 7th in 2014.

Just for fun, here are NZ’s top baby names of 1915:

Girl Names, 1915 Boy Names, 1915
1. Mary, 551 baby girls
2. Margaret, 433
3. Dorothy, 316
4. Jean, 298
5. Kathleen, 228
6. Edna, 218
7. Eileen, 218
8. Phyllis, 206
9. Joyce, 195
10. Joan, 193
1. John, 958 baby boys
2. William, 788
3. James, 561
4. George, 450
5. Robert, 396
6. Thomas, 346
7. Arthur, 313
8. Charles, 291
9. Albert, 259
10. Ronald, 233

As you’d expect, the top names of a century ago were much more dominantly popular than today’s top names — which is even more impressive when you consider the fact that, in the 1910s, New Zealand was welcoming roughly half as many babies as it does today in the 2010s.

For more sets of rankings, see the name rankings category. For rankings from Australia and New Zealand specifically, see the Australia & New Zealand name rankings subcategory.

Sources: Olivia and Oliver top baby names for 2015, Most Popular Male and Female First Names

Popular Baby Names in Nova Scotia, 2015

According to provisional data released yesterday by the Nova Scotia Registry of Vital Statistics, the most popular baby names in the province this year were Ava and Owen.

Here are Nova Scotia’s projected top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Ava
2. Olivia
3. Emma
4. Charlotte
5. Sadie
6. Abigail
7. Amelia, Emily, Scarlett & Sophia (4-way tie)
8. Audrey,
9. Chloe & Madison (tie)
10. Sophie
1. Owen
2. William
3. Liam
4. Benjamin
5. Oliver
6. Jack & Jacob (tie)
7. Hunter, Logan & Mason (3-way tie)
8. Noah
9. Carter
10. Ethan & Wyatt (tie)

In 2014, the top names were Emma and Liam.

For more sets of rankings, see the name rankings category. For Canada-specific rankings, see the Canada name rankings subcategory.

Source: Most Popular Baby Names in Nova Scotia in 2015