02 Sep How To Tell Someone’s Age When All You Know Is Their Name
July 21, 2016 | by Marissa Pavone:
Imagine Madison, Sydney, Alexa and Hailey all in your head. Judging by their names, they sound like they belong on a fourth-grade girls’ soccer team. Well, you’re probably right because the median age of American females with these names is between 9 and 12 years old.
The information used to arrive at this conlusion comes from the Social Security Administration (SSA) baby name database. Their actuarial tables estimate how many people are born in a given year and are still alive.
Calculations can be run for any name in the SSA’s database – for instance, for the 25 most popular male names since 1900. Currently, Joshuas, Andrews and Matthews trend the youngest with median ages of 22, 24 and 26. Georges and Donalds trend older, with a median age of 59.
And then there is Mabel – over 90% of people born with that name since 1900 are no longer alive. But if your name is Mabel, don’t check your pulse – you may be among that special 9% that is still with us. Should make you feel pretty special!