The 14 most popular holidays to make babies

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As absentminded as you may be, one holiday you’ll always remember is your birthday. On the other hand, the date of your conception is probably the one day you try desperately to forget.

Many believe these dates are completely random—a one in 365 chance for every person. But as it turns out, the day you were conceived is likely not as arbitrary as you think.

Using death record collections ranging from official government records to historic documents transcribed and digitized by various organizations, the genealogy experts at MooseRoots crunched the numbers to identify the most popular holidays to—ahem—start a family.

MooseRoots examined death records from 1936 to 2012 to identify birth dates of over 14 million people. They then subtracted 38 weeks (the average length of a pregnancy from conception to birth) to pinpoint the most likely conception date. Then, MooseRoots mapped dates for 14 holidays all the way back to 1936. In order to account for the varying lengths of pregnancy, they extended each “holiday” to include the week before and after.

Without further ado, here is the list of holidays babies are most likely to be conceived on.

#14. Labor Day

 

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Total babies conceived around Labor Day in our data set: 551,197
Percent conceived around Labor Day: 3.70%
Percent conceived on Labor Day compared to average: -0.35%

#13. Independence Day

 

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Total babies conceived around Independence Day in our data set: 569,054
Percent conceived around Independence Day: 3.82%
Percent conceived on Independence Day compared to average: -0.23%

#12. April Fool’s Day

 

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Total babies conceived around April Fool’s Day in our data set: 583,169
Percent conceived around April Fool’s Day: 3.91%
Percent conceived on April Fool’s Day compared to average: -0.14%

#11. Easter

 

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Total babies conceived around Easter in our data set: 586,142
Percent conceived around Easter: 3.93%
Percent conceived on Easter compared to average: -0.12%

#10. Cinco De Mayo

 

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Total babies conceived around Cinco De Mayo in our data set: 588,979
Percent conceived around Cinco De Mayo: 3.95%
Percent conceived on Cinco De Mayo
compared to average:
-0.10%

#9. Memorial Day

 

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Total babies conceived around Memorial Day in our data set: 591,218
Percent conceived around Memorial Day: 3.97%
Percent conceived on Memorial Day
compared to average:
-0.08%

#8. Mardi Gras

 

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Total babies conceived around Mardi Gras in our data set: 592,743
Percent conceived around Mardi Gras: 3.98%
Percent conceived on Mardi Gras
compared to average:
-0.07%

#7. St. Patrick’s Day

 

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Total babies conceived around St. Patrick’s Day in our data set: 592,937
Percent conceived around St. Patrick’s Day: 3.98%
Percent conceived on St. Patrick’s Day
compared to average:
-0.07%

#6. Valentine’s Day

 

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Total babies conceived around Valentine’s Day in our data set: 593,376
Percent conceived around Valentine’s Day: 3.98%
Percent conceived on Valentine’s Day
compared to average:
-0.07%

#5. Presidents Day

 

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Total babies conceived around Presidents Day in our data set: 596,002
Percent conceived around Presidents Day: 4.00%
Percent conceived on Presidents Day
compared to average:
-0.05%

#4. Halloween

 

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Total babies conceived around Halloween in our data set: 604,120
Percent conceived around Halloween: 4.05%
Percent conceived on Halloween compared to average: 0.00%

#3. Thanksgiving

 

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Total babies conceived around Thanksgiving in our data set: 612,364
Percent conceived around Thanksgiving: 4.11%
Percent conceived on Thanksgiving compared to average: 0.06%

#2. New Year’s Eve

 

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Total babies conceived around New Year’s Eve in our data set: 617,582
Percent conceived around New Year’s Eve: 4.14%
Percent conceived on New Year’s Eve
compared to average:
0.09%

#1. Christmas Day

 

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Total babies conceived around Christmas in our data set: 617,900
Percent conceived around Christmas: 4.15%
Percent conceived on Christmas compared to average: 0.10%

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