OT - generating test data


#1

Hello everyone,

This is a totally non-Rails issue, but I bet a few of you have a
simple solution you could share…

In order to demonstrate scalability for a customer demo, I need to
generate a few thousand “users”, consisting of <Given name, Family
name> pairs. I want this sample to have approximately the same number
of “duplicates” as would happen in real life - there may be half a
dozen “John S.” users, for example - and a mix of names that would
be typical of (say) a cosmopolitan Western city.

Is there somewhere I can download a bunch of peoples’ names? I
thought of searching for e.g. a list of US Congress people, but
that’ll give me a few hundred names at most, and I’d like to be able
to generate ~10 times that amount. There’s also a predominance of
elderly Caucasian males in that particular sample, and not a lot of
e.g. Chinese women’s names. Maybe it’s because it’s late at night
here and my brain has frozen up, but I just can’t think of where I’d
find such a list.

Help! Where can I find such a list?

Thanks in advance

Dave M.


#2

David M. wrote:

Is there somewhere I can download a bunch of peoples’ names? I

http://www.census.gov/genealogy/names/names_files.html


Kelly