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Re: The Carl & Bob show

> While we're all getting anecdotal about identity here, a little (exactly
> irrelevant) factoid for your next lecture or presentation... If you take a
> listing of the first names of schoolchildren in the Chicago Public Schools
> system, you'll find an enormous listing of unique names. Almost all of them
> belonging to black children, and, I believe, unique or almost unique names
> form a sizeable majority of the total black schoolage population...

And at the other end of the scale, until quite recently about one woman in five in Scotland was called Margaret or some variant thereof.  I'm not sure what this tells us, though, other than to beware of enshrining any particular culture's ideas on naming.
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