Award-Winning Names: The Most Popular Oscar Nominee Names in the U.S.

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The 87th Academy Awards are nearly here, and as usual, star-studded names line the list of nominees. So given our fascination with names, we decided to rollout the red carpet to tell you the number of Americans who share these celebrity names. They may not get asked for their autographs quite as often, but their names have certainly been on the silver screen.

 

American Sniper

Clint Eastwood: this four-time Oscar winner shares his name with 13 other Americans, the most in MI (3).

Bradley Cooper: 305 people have this name, the most in TX (24).

The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley take home the Whitepages award for the most unique names. With no one in the U.S. sharing these monikers, the Brits have the market cornered.

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Michael Keaton: known for both Birdman and Batman, this star shares his name with 164 people in the U.S. The most happen to live in OH (19).

Edward Norton: 297 people in the U.S. are also named Edward Norton. The majority are in MA (39)

Emma Stone: did you know this is Emma’s first Academy Awards nomination? We’re willing to bet that the other 87 people in the U.S. who share her name will be rooting for her too.

Selma

Oprah Winfrey: only 2 other Americans share this icon’s name, one in CA and one in GA.

Boyhood

Richard Linklater: this writer and director shares his name with 5 people in the U.S. and the most are in TX (2).

Ethan Hawke: he’s close to having the most unique name on the list. Only 2 other Americans sport this exact name, one in ID and one in TN.

Patricia Arquette: 9 people in the U.S. have this name, the most in MI (3).

The Theory of Everything

Eddie Redmayne: along with the other famous Brits who’ve earned nominations, the name Eddie Redmayne has not yet made it across the pond to America.

Felicity Jones: 27 people in the U.S. have this name, the most in NY (5).

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson: this Texas native shares his name with 131 people in the U.S., but most of them live in IL (11).

Foxcatcher

Steve Carrell: not surprisingly, this funny guy was born Steven Carrell. 30 Americans share that name with the most residing in TX (10).

Mark Ruffalo: 14 people in the U.S. have this name, the most in CA (3).

Wild

Reese Witherspoon: to our surprise, we found 5 people in the U.S. with this name, the most in FL and SC (2 each).

Still Alice

Julianne Moore: 57 people in the U.S. have this name. CA is home to the most (5).

The Judge

Robert Duvall: 422 people have this name, the most in MD (48).

Into the Woods

Meryl Streep: with three wins and 19 nominations, this actress’s name is in a league of its own. We found no other Meryl Streeps in America.

Don’t miss the Academy Awards this Sunday and for more fun with famous names check out these articles from USA Today and The Seattle Times.

Last Name Chocolate? Popular Valentine’s Day Names

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“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”

- Charles M. Schulz

Those are wise words made even truer when applied toward Valentine’s Day. And since the most romantic holiday of the year is just around the corner, we decided to look at the Whitepages database to see how many Americans have names associated with Valentine’s Day. With both love and chocolate making the list, it looks as though the creator of Charlie Brown was really onto something!

Here’s our list of Americans with names inspired by Valentine’s Day:

Sweet

First Name: 510 people have this name; the most in CA (85)

Last Name: 41,391 people have this last name; the most in CA (3,657)

Kiss

First Name: 81 people have this name; the most in CA (13)

Last Name: 5,013 people have this last name; the most in CA (543)

Hug

First Name: 220 people have this name; the most in FL (16)

Last Name: 2,815 people have this last name; the most in Maryland (16)

Flowers

First Name: 358 people have this name; the most in MI and AL (tied with 24 each)

Last Name: 74,225 people have this last name; the most in Texas (7,110)

Heart

First Name: 192 people have this name; the most in SD (19)

Last Name: 1,448 people have this last name; the most in CA (130)

Valentine

First Name: 8,961 people have this name; the most in TX (1,172)

Last Name: 53,996 people have this name; the most in CA (4,216)

Cupid

First Name: 138 people have this name; the most in CA (10)

Last Name: 469 people have this last name; the most in NY (179)

Romeo

First Name: 16,691 people have this name; the most in CA (5,177)

Last Name: 12,017 people have this last name; the most in NY (2,380)

Juliet

First Name: 25,853 people have this name; the most in FL (2,207)

Last Name: 122 people have this last name; the most in CA (30)

Chocolate

First Name: 61 people have this name; the most in TX (6)

Last Name: 72 people have this name; the most in IL (24)

Rose

First Name: 399,967 people have this name; the most in CA (36,598)

Last Name: 213,809 people share this name; the most in CA (19,332)

Love

First Name: 3,193 people have this name; the most in CA (327)

Last Name: 115,706 people have this name; the most in TX (10,498)

Romantic

First Name: 9 people have this name; the most in Texas and NJ (2 each)

Last name: 76 people have this name; the most in OH (30)

Romance

First Name: 105 people have this name; the most in PA (12)

Last Name: 376 people have this name; the most in PA (38)

How Our Clients Make the World Brighter

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Here at Whitepages, we care about our customers and clients, and the world we live in and will inhabit in the future. For the holidays, we sent Global Giving gift cards to our clients, and each recipient was able to donate money to a charity of their choice.

The response was heartwarming and amazing. Curious about what causes our industry colleagues care about? Read on…

Top Causes

We found some common issues that donors rallied around. Here are the top causes and organizations:

Animals

Petfinder.com: Looking for a pet? Petfinder.com is a website that lets you search for a homeless pet across nearly 14,000 adoption groups. www.petfinder.com

Canines With a Cause: Animals, vets and inmates intersect for a trifecta of good: animals are rescued from kill shelters, then trained by inmates to serve returning vets affected by PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). www.canineswithacause.org

Come to Their Rescue: A special project of the ASPCA, Come to Their Rescue’s ambassador is singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat, helping raise awareness to the plight of animals in shelters: While 7 million animals find themselves in shelters annually, and the ASPCA helps place many in permanent homes, nearly 3 million do not make it out. This project aims to help place these animals left behind. www.aspca.org/rescue/learn-more

Children

St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital: Founded over 50 years ago, the research at St. Jude’s has improved the survival rate of childhood cancer from 20% to 80%. Families never receive a bill for treatment; these expenses are covered by donations. Additionally, St. Jude’s researchers and doctors share their medical discoveries freely, advancing the care and cure for pediatric cancers. www.stjude.org

Domestic Violence:

The Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center: Nearly 6 million American women and children live internationally, either as civilians or on military bases. This group provides domestic violence advocacy, safety planning and case management, along with relocation, emergency funds for housing and childcare, and funds for payment of legal fees. www.866uswomen.org or call 866-USWOMEN

Crowdfund Your Charitable Giving

Can’t decide on a particular charity? Global Giving helps you pick a category, and your donation will go far, like these top project our clients chose to support:

For example, the “Save the Lives of Shelter Pets in North America” project gives you a variety of monetary levels for donations, and gives you concrete information on how your money is allocated, such as “$10 will vaccinate 4 shelter dogs or 5 shelter cats; $25 will feed a shelter dog for 5 days”.

Another top Project among our clients was “Help Us Fight Hunger Across America”: For this charity, a donation of $25 organized 2 food drives that will result in over 1,100 meals.

Want to say thanks or congratulations to a colleague for a job well done? Consider making a donation in the person’s name to a favorite charity, or put the choice in their hands by getting a gift card here.

Inspired to support a local charity? You can look up organizations like these under our Whitepages Business Search.

Most Popular Names of Super Bowl XLIX

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Okay, we admit it. Our home office is in Seattle, and this Sunday, we’re excited to be rooting for the home team. As proud 12s, we’re thrilled that the Seahawks are yet again heading to the Super Bowl. So to get in the spirit, we took a look at the names of some of our favorite Hawks along with a few of the Patriots. Let’s see how many U.S. citizens share their names.

Most popular Super Bowl players’ names that are shared with the U.S. population:

Seattle Seahawks

Richard Sherman

1,051 people in the U.S. have this name; most are in California (126)

Richard: 2,781,960 most popular in New Hampshire, #8 in overall popularity in the U.S.

Earl Thomas

896 people in the U.S. have this name; 10 in Washington

234,195 in the U.S have this name; you’ll find the most in West Virginia

Russell Wilson

43 people in the U.S. have this name (none listed in Washington)

354,689 people in the U.S. have the name Russell, with the most living in Utah

Kam Chancellor

Kam is short for Kameron; 3 people in the U.S. are named Kameron Chancellor, 2 in Washington

4,598 people in the U.S. are named Kameron; Utah has the most people with this name

Doug Baldwin

43 people in the U.S. have this name; 4 in Washington

141,323 people in the U.S. are named Doug; North Dakota has the most people with this name

Marshawn Lynch

5 people in the U.S. share this name; 3 in Washington

905 people in the U.S. have the name Marshawn; most of them live in Illinois

New England Patriots

Tom Brady

175 people in the U.S. have this name, the most are in New York (16)

367,951 people in the U.S. have the name Tom, the most in South Dakota

Brandon Browner

8 people in the U.S. have this name, the most in Georgia

513,312 people in the U.S. have the name Brandon; most live in Utah

Rob Gronkowski

68,076 people in the U.S. have the name Rob, most live in Illinois;

5,028,270 people in the U.S. are named Robert; the most people with this name live in New Hampshire

Derrelle Revis

53 people in the U.S. are named Derrelle; most live in Texas

Julian Edelman

5 people in the U.S. have this name; 2 live in California and 2 live in Massachusetts

88,503 people in the U.S. are named Julian; the most live in California

Brandon LaFell

513,312 people in the U.S. have the name Brandon; most live in Utah

Some fans have taken it a step further with their football frenzy:

Touchdown

1 person in Ohio has this name

Tackle

7 people have this first name; most in Tennessee

9 people share this last name

Pass

38 people have this as a first name; 4 in Washington

5,525 people have this as a last name, 106 in Washington

Score

6 people have this name; North Dakota has the most as a first name

639 share this last name; 25 in Washington

Want to see how your name stacks up against the competition? Visit names.whitepages.com.

Sticky Situation? Whitepages Caller ID to the Rescue!

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Last week, we described a situation where Whitepages Caller ID saved the day thanks to its power to identify unknown callers. Now we’d like to show you one of the many ways that call blocking comes in handy…

Ok, maybe he looked cute at the party over the weekend. Or she seemed really well versed on your favorite band. You had a nice chat, and even danced a couple of times. Digits were exchanged.

But in the light of day, you’ve got second thoughts. Maybe you just don’t want to keep in touch. Take a deep breath—you’re not bad person for feeling that way. So keep it easy, and use Whitepages Caller ID to finesse this sticky situation.

While we’d never advocate for a breakup over text or phone, in today’s tech times, sometimes it’s just better to trust your instincts and just drift quietly away by not responding to the other person’s texts or calls.

It’s the gentle way to give someone you’ve just met the hint that you’re not interested after all. And if you need to use a bit stronger medicine, simply set your Caller ID app to block that number’s calls and texts. He or she will see that you’re not responding, and you don’t have to get annoyed or interrupted over unwanted contact.

It’s just another way that Whitepages Caller ID keeps you in control of your communication. Mission accomplished!