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Bad Statistics III

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How common are you?

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Too many people named Steve? Well you can get exact statistics on how common first and last names are by searching the 1990 census. But alas, it could not find a boy named Sue.

Update: Jed sends me this (reformatted for space):

The 1990 data can be found here: http://www.census.gov/genealogy/names/. There are complete files at that site, but here are the highlights:

TOP 10 LAST NAMES
name           freq   cum.freq  rank
SMITH          1.006  1.006      1
JOHNSON        0.810  1.816      2
WILLIAMS       0.699  2.515      3
JONES          0.621  3.136      4
BROWN          0.621  3.757      5
DAVIS          0.480  4.237      6
MILLER         0.424  4.660      7
WILSON         0.339  5.000      8
MOORE          0.312  5.312      9
TAYLOR         0.311  5.623     10

TOP TEN FEMALE FIRST NAMES
name           freq   cum.freq  rank
MARY           2.629  2.629      1
PATRICIA       1.073  3.702      2
LINDA          1.035  4.736      3
BARBARA        0.980  5.716      4
ELIZABETH      0.937  6.653      5
JENNIFER       0.932  7.586      6
MARIA          0.828  8.414      7
SUSAN          0.794  9.209      8
MARGARET       0.768  9.976      9
DOROTHY        0.727 10.703     10

TOP TEN MALE FIRST NAMES
name           freq   cum.freq  rank
JAMES          3.318  3.318      1
JOHN           3.271  6.589      2
ROBERT         3.143  9.732      3
MICHAEL        2.629 12.361      4
WILLIAM        2.451 14.812      5
DAVID          2.363 17.176      6
RICHARD        1.703 18.878      7
CHARLES        1.523 20.401      8
JOSEPH         1.404 21.805      9
generics         1.380 23.185     10