30 June 2010
Street Names Using First Names
I stumbled upon this very cool mashup of data and maps on http://www.weathersealed.com that has aggregated data on street names that are actually people's first names. It seemed like a natural for this blog.
The results are organized alphabetically by gender and pinpoint North American roads that share 2000+ common boy and girl first names.
Click the links below to view a list of names. The places are viewable with Google Maps (use the number link) or, even better, the free Google Earth.
I found a surprising 465 Kenneth streets including a bunch in my home state.
Of course, not every name has a street, and they kicked out some data (like street names that contain "unrelated gobbledygook" such as the “Little” in “Little John Street”). Their data came from the Social Security Administration and street information from the Open Street Map project.
The information is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.
Go to the BOYS' STREET NAMES
Go to GIRLS' STREET NAMES