This is a follow-up to a post made by Labiba in the Customer Support Blog
One of the things we have struggled with forever is what to call the individuals that we have in our database.
On one hand we want to have realistic data which on the other we want to make it obvious that we are not using real people’s data.
Most often we seem to use Mary Active (who was born in one of my very first presentations, and for some some reason stuck arround unlike a few of her friends in that same scenario (I remember William Worker, but not any of the others).
Since then we have wondered what names to use until finally Iona came up with a solution: Use the census!
We now have the lists of most common first and last names and are merging them to create names.
So, expect to get to know the following folks:
2000 – top 20 for each gender used
United States Census Bureau: list of most common surnames
1990 – top 40 used