If your baby’s name is Duane, he’s probably a Republican

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What’s in a name? A lot apparently. A data graphic created by D3.js using information from the Federal Election Commission shows the likelihood of a particular party affiliation based on first name.

For example, people named Delbert or Duane are more likely to be Republicans while the Jonahs and Maliks of the world are more likely to lean left. The information is based on campaign contributions to Republican or Democratic candidates or causes.

Among the top Democratic names are Dylan, Ava, Marissa, Erika, Alexandra and Hannah. Republicans favor Brent, Troy, Darrell, Billy, Randy and Vernon. Notice anything here?

The graph clearly shows that female names are vastly more likely to lean left than right. Looking at the analysis of all names analyzed, it took more than 50 names on the Republican side to find a distinctly female name; that’s Tammy. Meanwhile on the Democrat side, there is a fairly even mix of female to male names.

The data is also broken down to individual sexes. When looking at just girl names there are just under 50 names in the Republican corner. On the side of Democrats, that number is more than 400.

This emphasizes a point many Democrats try to illustrate – that the Republican party is out of touch with women. Because the data is drawn from campaign finance contribution records, it shows that far fewer women contribute to Republican candidates than Democrats.

The information also is telling of a parent’s political affiliation. People don’t necessarily choose their own name, so that information, in some ways, says more about the parent’s political ideologies than the individual. However, as the data analysis points out, children tend to learn political leanings from their parents.

In some instances, individuals could be born with a name that leans to one side of the political spectrum, but choose a nickname that leans the other way. For example, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is a staunch Republican. However, his birth name, Addison is only slightly to the right and his middle name, Mitchell, leans Democrat. However, Mitch is solidly Republican.

The same company that analyzed this data also created an app where users can find out the political leanings of any name. The Nametrix baby names app also tells users what they can expect for possible career choices for their little bundle of joy.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.