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Subject: Historical frequency/popularity of nns...
Author: Cressida   (Authenticated as Cressida)
Date: December 5, 2008 at 11:36:13 AM
Does anyone know of a resource where I could find specifics on the historical frequency and popularity of particular nns? I realize this is tricky because nns aren't often officially recorded, but I'm interested in knowing about historical nn'ing trends.

For instance, when was Greta a popular nn for Margaret, and when was Maggie, Meg, or so forth the dominant nn? Or when did the use of Bill fall off or Liam take off?

Does such a source exist? Or can you think of other creative ways to find this sort of data?

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