Oh, Dad: he might be the top dog at home, but have you ever come across someone who shares a name with one of television’s favorite fathers?. We looked at new “dad-a” and found that a number of John Waltons (1,459 people), Jim Andersons (1,304 people), and Tim Taylors (1,096 people), are living among us, possibly asking, “Were you raised in a barn?”
Andy Taylor and Mike Brady rounded out the top five in the list of the 25 most popular TV dad names, while we found that some TV dads are just one of a kind.
There’s no one in the United States who shares a name with Cliff Huxtable of The Cosby Show or Phil Dunphy of Modern Family, but there are some Charles Ingalls who live in Iowa, one of the childhood homes of Laura Ingalls Wilder, who wrote the “Little House” books that the Little House on the Prairie TV show was based on. Coincidence?
Our list also breaks down the states where the men with the most common names are living. Interestingly enough, there are three Ray Barones in New York, the state where the title character in Everybody Loves Raymond lives.
Popular TV Dad Names Shared with Men in the U.S.
- John Walton (The Waltons): 1,459; 144 in TX
- Jim Anderson (Father Knows Best): 1,304; 120 in MN
- Tim Taylor (Home Improvement): 1,096; 12 in TX
- Andy Taylor (The Andy Griffith Show): 279; 32 in TX
- Mike Brady (The Brady Bunch): 238; 35 in CA
- Howard Cunningham (Happy Days): 152; 23 in CA
- Danny Tanner (Full House): 71; 12 in MS
- Tom Bradford: (Eight is Enough): 62; 16 in TX
- Fred Sanford (Sanford & Son): 60; 9 in FL
- Tom Corbett (The Courship of Eddie’s Father): 59; 7 in TX
- Charles Ingalls (Little House on the Prairie): 57; 7 in IA
- Dan Connor (Roseanne): 44; 6 in OH
- Steve Keaton (Family Ties): 34; 12 in SC
- Steve Douglas (My Three Sons): 26; 25 in TX
- Jason Seaver (Growing Pains): 25; 5 in MA
- Philip Drummond (Diff’rent Strokes): 19; 2 in NC
- Ozzie Nelson (Ozzie & Harriet): 10; 3 in GA
- Ray Barone (Everybody Loves Raymond): 9; 3 in NY
- Archie Bunker (All in the Family): 4; 2 in FL
- Al Bundy (Married With Children): 4; 1 each in WA, FL, VA, and DC
- Ward Cleaver (Leave It To Beaver): 2; 1 in NY, 1 in MA