50% of Oscar nominees have truly original names

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We’ve been officially swept up in Oscar frenzy, and today unveiled some factoids around the names of the 10 Best Actor and Best Actress Oscar Nominees, including how many others in the U.S. share those names. Based on data from Names.WhitePages.com, Amy Adams has the most popular name, while Leonardo DiCaprio, Chieweld Eiofer, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep are true originals.

It is the time of year to enjoy all things celebrity, so we wanted to look at how many other Americans these nominees share a name with. We were surprised to see there were more true originals on this list of ten than was expected.

Watch Kathie Lee & Hoda on the Today Show discuss our findings:


 
Best Actor Nominees:

Christian Bale

  • 3 people in the U.S. share the name of the “American Hustle” actor
  • 152,856 have the name Christian
  • Utah has the most Christians per capita, peaking in 1996
  • 4% of the people with the name Christian are girls
  • Christian is making a comeback with kids: 64% of people with this name are age 12 and under

Bruce Dern

  • 4 people in the U.S. share the name of the star of “Nebraska”
  • 476,261 people are named Bruce
  • Maine has the most people per capita with the name Bruce, which peaked in 1951 in popularity

Leonardo DiCaprio

  • Mr. DiCaprio is the one and only “Wolf of Wall Street”, according to the Names database, but 36,266 people in the U.S. are named Leonardo, with the name peaking in popularity in 2010
  • Florida has the most Leonardos per capita
  • 73% of the people with this name are age 12 and under, pointing to the fact that Mr. DiCaprio may be influencing parents’ name choice

Chiweld Ejofer

  • Uniquely named – the British star of “Twelve Years a Slave” is the only person in the U.S. with this name

Matthew McConaughey

  • 9 people have the same name as the “Dallas Buyer’s Club” star
  • 1,212,032 people in the U.S. are named Matthew
  • Massachusetts has the most people with per capita named Matthew, which peaked in 1983
  • Over one-fourth of people named Matthew are age 12 and under

 

Best Actress Nominees:

Amy Adams

  • 1,885 people share the name of this “American Hustle” star
  • 1,018,401 people are named Amy, with Iowa boasting the most Amys per capita
  • The name Amy peaked in popularity in 1975

Cate Blanchett

  • The Australian star of “Blue Jasmine” does not share her name with anyone in the U.S.
  • There are 6,289 people in the U.S. who share the name Cate, with the most living in New Hampshire

Sandra Bullock

  • There are 209 people who have the same name as the “Gravity” star, with the most living in North Carolina
  • 1,208,597 people are named Sandra in the U.S.
  • The name peaked in popularity in 1946, and West Virginia boasts the most people per capita with this name

Judi Dench

  • No one in the U.S. shares Dame Judi Dench’s name
  • 20,765 people in the U.S. share the” Philomena” star’s first name with Wyoming boasting the most per capita.
  • The name Judi peaked in popularity in 1945

Meryl Streep

  • The “August: Osage County” star is peerless when it comes to sharing a name
  • And while Ms. Streep was born Mary Louise Streep, the name Meryl is relatively new on the scene, compared to the name lineage of others on this list
  • Peaking in 1956, 6,854 people in the U.S. are named Meryl, with New York boasting the most per capita

To learn more about name popularity in the United States, please visit: http://names.whitepages.com/.

by Liz Powell

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