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NAMEFRST
First name

Description

NAMEFRST is an alphabetic variable reporting the first 16 letters of the person's first name, as recorded by the enumerator on the census form.

Middle initials and middle names follow the first name, if the enumerator recorded them. A question mark embedded in a name indicates an illegible character. A question mark and space preceding a name means that the entry was difficult to read, and the name is the best interpretation possible. An exclamation point indicates that the entire entry was illegible. An asterisk indicates that the field was blank.

Codes

NAMEFRST is a 16-character alphabetic string variable which reports the first 16 letters of the person's first name, as recorded by the enumerator on the census form. A question mark embedded in a name indicates an illegible character. A question mark and space preceding a name means the entry was difficult to read and the name is the best interpretation possible. An exclamation point indicates that the entire entry was illegible. An asterisk indicates that the field was blank. NAMEFRST specific variable codes for missing, edited, or unidentified observations, observations not applicable (N/A), observations not in universe (NIU), top and bottom value coding, etc. are provided below if applicable by Census year (and data sample if specified).

NAMEFRST Specific Variable Codes

Comparability

This variable is fully comparable across years (See also NAMELAST).

User Note: Due to contractual agreements with the data providers, NAMEFRST and NAMELAST are not available in the IPUMS 1850, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, or 1940 100% files. Users needing name information for academic research should apply for access via the North Atlantic Population Project.

Universe

  • 1850-1880: All persons.
  • 1900: All persons.
  • 1910-1920: All persons. Not available for 25% of cases in 1910 (samples 5 and 6 in SAMP1910).
  • 1930-1940: All persons.

Availability

United States
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  • 1930: 1%; 5%
  • 1920: 1%
  • 1910: 1%; 1.4% ovrsmp
  • 1900: 5%; 1%; 1.2% ovrsmp
  • 1880: 1%; 10%
  • 1870: All samples
  • 1860: All samples
  • 1850: 1%
Puerto Rico
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  • 1930: All samples
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  • 1910: All samples

Flags

This variable has no flags.

Editing Procedure

There is no editing procedure available for this variable.