Bring Sanity to Holiday Shopping

shopping with app

Before your Thanksgiving meal’s even digested, the siren song of Black Friday will be calling, if it isn’t already. Sure, some of the best shopping deals are to be had at this time of year, but how to make sense of it and still keep your sanity?

If you’re a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, or looking for the perfect gift for you BFF, you may have experienced the “holiday shopping meltdown”. It goes something like this: You’re in a store, maybe with the kids, and you’re on a mission to get a few things checked off your list, but the shelf is picked clean of the item you had in mind to buy.

In years past, we’d brace ourselves for a tantrum – the kids’, or maybe your own because how…many…stores do you have to go to in order to get the sweater for Grandpa or that special dress for your niece – in the right size??

I have vivid memories of my own mom having a near nervous breakdown in the middle of a mall, trying to make sense of her gift list, with four little girls in tow.

But now, you can shop smarter: With the Whitepages app, you can search for other nearby stores, find their numbers and call them to check on what they have in stock before you make the trip crosstown (or even across the mall).

Can’t find a clerk and the shelf is cleared of the jeans in the size you need? Use the app to search for nearby stores, and call them before you go. And check the price – you might find an even better deal!

Looking for the video game that’s on Johnny’s wish list? Forget about cruising aisle after aisle looking for that needle in a haystack—a quick search of other stores on WhitePages will give you options.

And while you’re at it, snap a photo of your dearest little ones while you’re thinking of it, or pick your favorite from your phone’s camera roll – and upload it to the photo center of a nearby store (that you’ve found on the WhitePages app) and you can design your holiday card while you’re waiting in line to checkout . You might even be able to you can pick them up on the way home.

Let us help you feel like you can do it all–and kick holiday shopping stress to the curb.

Priceless: Names That Are Also Precious Gems

Diamond_ring

Is there anything more dear than family or friends? The song might say “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”, but in fact, naming people after precious and semi-precious gems started in the 19th century.

We took a look at some of these jewels, and discovered that there are some old school treasures and modern gems that polish up nicely and shine as people’s names.

Opal

With roots in Sanskrit (“precious stone”), it peaked in popularity in 1911, but has been enjoying a bit of a renaissance in the last few years.

Diamond

12,038 people have this name; it peaked in popularity in 1999, with the most living in Washington, DC and 74% of people with this name are under age 12.

Sapphire

Traditionally given to a girl with deep blue eyes, the name Sapphire is truly a modern name, appearing only in the last 30 years. The name peaked in popularity in 1998; with the most people with this name living in NY.

Pearl

97,416 people have this name; New York has the most, with 5,674. The name peaked in popularity in 1911, and has roots in the Yiddish name meaning “coral”.

Ruby

198,136 people have this name, with the most in Florida (11,206). While it peaked in popularity in 1910, it’s experiencing a resurgence amongst today’s kids: Over one-fifth of the people with this name are under age 12.

Amber

Derived from the fossilized, amber-colored resin, it first appeared as a name in the late 19th century, but today, 449,915 people have this name, the most in Texas, with 40,016. The name peaked in popularity in 1986; but enjoyed surges of popularity in the 1940s and the 1990s.

 

Make a Name For Yourself: Jobs That Are Also Names

Booker T Washington leading intellect of 19th century

People say that one’s name is defining, and reflects one’s identity. We looked at a recent trend in names and noticed that some words, which once solely described one’s job or occupation, have moved over into the “Names” category of our culture.

Do you think names like these may define a person’s destiny? Do you ever wonder if any of the people who share the name of an occupation or vocation end up doing that as a job or career?

Mason

Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons (or, simply, masons) use bricks, concrete blocks, and natural and man-made stones to build fences, walkways, walls, and other structures

148,437 people have this name; the most are in Utah. This name peaked in 2010; indeed, virtually all kids with this name are under 12

Employment of masons is projected to grow 34 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Population growth will result in the construction of more schools, hospitals, homes, and other buildings.

Cooper

Traditionally, a cooper made wooden vessels, especially during the Middle Ages and up to Colonial times; now, there are still people who make wooden casks and barrels for things like wine and foodstuffs, but as a common job it has died out.

The name Cooper, however, is shared by 7,203 people in the U.S., with the most living in Mississippi; 96% of them are under age 12, with the name peaking in popularity in 2010.

Pilot

Most people are familiar with the pilot of an airplane or a boating enthusiast piloting a ship or vessel.

When it comes to names, there are 43 people in the U.S., who have this name, with the most per capita in Delaware.

Miller

Traditionally, a miller was one who ran local mill, and ground grain for area farmers.

When we look at the name Miller as a first name, there are 11,537 people with this name; 16% are over age 55, but there’s been a resurgence: 76% of the people with this name are under the age of 12; most live in Mississippi, and the peak year of popularity was 2010.

Booker

A booker usually schedules artists, performers and athletes, similar to an agent or manager.

Famous people named Booker include Booker T. Washington, who founded the Tuskeegee Institute, and was an adviser to two U.S. Presidents, among other accomplishments, and musician Booker T. Jones, of Booker T and the Mgs, an band influential in shaping what is called “Memphis Soul”.

As a name, 7,290 people have this name; it peaked in popularity in 1910, with the most people living in Mississippi

Bandit

Bandits are usually thought of in terms of people who robbed others in the “Wild West” (at least in the movies).

As a name, there are 72 people in the U.S. who share this name, with Iowa having the most.

Bishop & Deacon

Bishops and deacons are usually found in service of a religious community; their roles may differ in various churches and organizations. Bishops usually have a more formal role, overseeing clergy, acting almost as a “district manager”.

As a name, Bishop has enjoyed some popularity in the 1950s and 1980s, but resurged strongly in the last 12 years: Peak year of popularity was 2008, with the most people with this name living in Ohio.

Deacon, as a name, is a truly 21st century trend: 967 people have this name; the most are in the District of Columbia, and all are under the age of 12.

Country Music’s Biggest Names Might Be Living Right Next Door

Brandy Clark

The CMA Awards are upon us, “Country Music’s Biggest Night”. The genre is wildly popular, and people love it because the musicians and songs are totally relatable. Tastes and tunes have come a long way from the stereotypical singing cowboy and “Tear in My Beer” type of songs to music that has multi-instrumentalists and multi-generational appeal. From legends like Jimmie Rodgers, the “Father of Country Music”, Kitty Wells, the “Queen of Country Music”, Roy Acuff, the “King of Country Music” to The Carter Family, Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, Johnny Cash and countless more, the genre has endured and grown over generations.

So in honor of country music artistry, we took a look at the names of today’s country music stars and the popularity of their names in the U.S. Turns out that you may have a chance to two-step with someone who shares a famous name at the next neighborhood barbecue.

Most Popular Names in Country Music Shared by People in the U.S.:

Brandy Clark – 509 people share this name in the U.S.; 58 in TX

Kenny Rogers – 187 people share this name in the U.S.; 18 in FL

Faith Hill – 127 people share this name in the U.S.;13 in CA

Eric Church – 106 people share this name in the U.S.; 18 in NC

Carrie Underwood – 70 people share this name in the U.S.; 8 in AL

Blake Shelton – 58 people share this name in the U.S.; 14 in TX

Keith Urban – 53 people share this name in the U.S.; 8 in TX

Tim McGraw – 51 people share this name in the U.S.; 8 in OH

Miranda Lambert – 38 people share this name in the U.S.; 6 in OH

Kip Moore – 33 people share this name in the U.S.; 7 in NC

Taylor Swift – 28 people share this name in the U.S.; 6 in Washington

George Strait – 26 people share this name in the U.S.; 7 in TX

Luke Bryan – 19 people share this name in the U.S.; 4 in OH

Dolly Parton – 12 people share this name in the U.S.; 3 in NY

Martina McBride – 10 people share this name in the U.S.; 3 in MO

Brett Eldredge – 8 people share this name in the U.S.; 2 in UT, 2 in NY, 2 in ID

Brad Paisley – 7 people share this name in the U.S.; 2 in TN, 2 in TX

Thomas Rhett – 7 people share this name in the U.S.; 3 in CA

Dierks Bentley – 2 people share this name in the U.S.; 1 in FL, 1 in CA

Kenny Chesney – 2 people share this name in the U.S.; 1 in TN, 1 in IN

Kacey Musgraves – 1 person shares this name in the U.S., in TN

Cole Swindell – Cole is a nickname for Colden Rainey “Cole” Swindell; 1 person in GA

Jason Aldean – 0 people in our database with Jason’s stage name (his middle name is “Aldine”) but there’s over 6,800 people with the name Jason Williams

 

(Photo: Brandy Clark)

Nightmare on Name Street: Top 13 Horror Movie Monikers

Jason, in "Friday the 13th"

Do you have a Michael Myers, Norman Bates or Stephen King as a neighbor?

In honor of Halloween, we took a look at the 13 most common names in the country shared with horror movie villains, as well as a few famously frightening directors and authors. Taking the top spot on the list – and putting fear in hearts of audiences everywhere – is Michael Myers from Halloween with 4,282 people nationwide sharing the name.

Author Stephen King

Author Stephen King

Rounding out the Top 5 are Stephen King (author; 2,068 people), Norman Bates (Psycho; 96 people), Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th; 30 people), and Annie Wilkes (Misery; 25 people).

You may have been scared by a number of the villains on this list, but until now have you ever wondered if one could be living next door?

Kathy Bates won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Annie Wilkes in "Misery"

Kathy Bates won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Annie Wilkes in “Misery”

If you’re a fan of a ‘friendlier ghost’ for a neighbor, our data found 2,632 Caspers nationwide, the most living in North Dakota.

Casper the Friendly Ghost

Casper the Friendly Ghost

Additional Halloween-centric names include:

Carrie (Carrie): 315,711; 23,343 in CA; first name only
Hannibal (The Silence of the Lambs): 6,399; 97 in CA; first name only
Frankenstein: 510; 92 in PA; last name only
Ghost: 38; 14 in PA; last name only

Top 13 Most Common Horror Movie Monikers

1. Michael Myers (Halloween): 4,282; 333 in OH
2. Stephen King (Author): 2,068; 168 in TX
3. Norman Bates (Psycho): 96; 9 in TX
4. Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th): 30; 4 each in PA, CA, NY
5. Annie Wilkes (Misery): 25; 10 in GA
6. Jack Torrance (The Shining): 10; 2 in CA
7. Wes Craven (Director): 7; 2 in NC
8. Alfred Hitchcock (Director): 7; 2 each in CA and MD
9. Max Cady (Cape Fear): 6; 3 in FL
10. Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street): 5; 2 in WA
11. Donnie Darko (Donnie Darko): 4; 3 in PA
12. Samara Morgan (The Ring): 2; 1 each in TX and ND
13. Damien Thorn (The Omen): 1 in CA

Will you think twice about who you invite to your Halloween party?