Baby’s Name Wizard II_Map a Name

I am able to learn a lot of names’ origins and meanings from Baby’s Name Wizard site even though I don’t need to find a baby’s name yet. There are many features for users to use. If you really want to find a name for your new born baby, use ‘Baby Name Finder” which you can search by letters or by styles. If you are interested in knowing the popularity of names over time, use “Graph a Name” interactive infographics. If you would like to know where your name is most popular in the states, use “NameMapper” to find out. If you want to learn more details about names, there is a “Namipedia” that you take a closer look into them.

Users have to enter a name to begin NameMapper: explore name by state. After type a name, the maps are shown on the top, including a major one regarding to the year of 2007 and several small ones(from 1960 – 2005), and colored with various blue, the gradient from white (means none) to blue (means the peak) to show relative popularity. Users can click on each map to enlarge it and to have it to be shown on the main area for more details by mouse-over interaction, which shows each states’ ranking in that specific year. The Super Multi-Map lays out the maps from 1960 – 2007, showing their changes over time. You can also click on thumbnail maps for a larger view.

Another cool feature is the page of Timeline within NameMapper. It uses color to show different regions, show relative popularity as graphs, as shade, or as circles. Also, the visual representation is design in a way to show data sorted by income, by population density, by political favors, or simply by the regions.

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