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Shakespeare, Mark Twain and others have said: “The clothes make the man.” When it comes to famous names in fashion, we think of iconic designers like Chanel, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen, Vera Wang, the recently passed Oscar de la Renta and more – all household names.

So as the season finale for “Project Runway” comes near, looking at our Names database, we asked: “Does a name make a designer?”

We decided to look at the popularity of the names of the hosts, judges, and finalists of this season of Project Runway and ask: Do you think a person’s name helps them “make it work”?

Heidi Klum:

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum

Only 1 person in the U.S. claims to have this “angelic” name.

Tim Gunn

Tim Gunn

Tim Gunn

There are 42 people in the U.S.with this name, but only one with a “Tim Gunn Save”.

Nina Garcia

Nina Garcia

Nina Garcia

276 people share this fashion arbiter’s name in the U.S., the most living in Texas.

Zac Posen

Zac Posen

Zac Posen

3 people in the U.S. share the name of Lena Dunham’s childhood babysitter.

Michael Kors

Michael Kors

Michael Kors

Only a dozen people share the name of this American sportswear designer, who, at age 5, designed his mother’s wedding dress for her remarriage.

Charketa

Charketa Project Runway

Charketa “Char” (Photo: mylifetime.com)

There are 6 people in the U.S. with this name; nearly as unique as Char’s designs this season.

Amanda

Amanda (Photo: mylifetime.com)

Amanda (Photo: mylifetime.com)

While this finalist embraces the fashion trends of the ’70s, her name reached is peak popularity in 1987, with the most people with this name living in Kentucky.

Kini

Kini (Photo: mylifetime.com)

Kini (Photo: mylifetime.com)

His mother says Kini means “King of the Morning Star” in Hawaiian; perhaps not surprisingly, you’ll find the most of the 276 people with this name in the U.S. living in Hawaii.

Sean

Sean (Photo: mylifetime.com)

Sean (Photo: mylifetime.com)

While Sean hails from New Zealand, there are over 400,000 people with this name in the U.S., and has been consistent in popularity over the last 50 years.

 

No question, pets are part of one’s family – so much so, it seems there’s been an increase in giving the family pet a name that, in the past, has usually belonged exclusively to humans. Growing up, in fact, two of our dogs were named Rosie and Tammy.  And many pet owners say their pets have feelings and personalities just like humans (see “Grumpy Cat” and now “Surprised Cat”), so we decided to take an (unscientific) look at the trend of naming pets and see what’s, well, “Spot” on.

George
One of the most popular names for boys in the U.S., along with being the name of the future King of England, 1,330,568 people have this name, yet the peak year of popularity was 100 years ago. One of the most well known “Georges” in pop culture is George Costanza, from the TV show “Seinfeld”, but who can resist a cat named George?
Jack
Over half a million (541,388) people have this name,and one-third are kids under 12, so kids may meet as many pets as peers with this name.
Ginger
There are nearly 81,000 people named Ginger in the U.S., originally a nickname for a person with red hair, like the pooch here, but also a nickname for Virginia, which was Ginger Roger’s real name.
Harry
This name peaked in people popularity in 1913; but 333,442 people have this name, resurging in popularity in light of the “Harry Potter” books and movies.
Noble & Notable
There are other names that have an air of nobility and sophistication–while their human counterparts have memorable personas, like Rex, Duke and Earl:
Other notable names are Lily, a French bulldog who, her owner says, “doesn’t know she’s a dog”, along with Penny and Harper. Harper is a name that’s gained popularity with humans lately: Virtually all people with this name are under the age of 12.
So move over, Rover: Pet names are all in the family. Have you given your pets “people” names?

 

Stars are always starting new trends, and the names they choose for their children are no exception. In honor of some of 2014’s latest A-list infants, we took a look at the popularity of 20 names in the country shared with this year’s celebrity offspring, and Parents magazine’s In Name Only blog joined us. Scarlett Johansson’s daughter Rose is this list’s blockbuster, with 399,967 people in the U.S. sharing the name – with the most residing in the appropriately nicknamed Garden State, New Jersey.

What’s In a Name?

Here are some of the top name trends that are in vogue in 2014:

  • Old Hollywood: Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, and Emily Blunt all chose names for their children that peaked in popularity before the 1920s – Rose, Otis, and Hazel, respectively.
Scarlet Johansson

Scarlet Johansson

  • 12 And Under: Over 90% of people named Jaxon (Kristin Cavallari’s son), Alijah (Kendra Wilkinson’s daughter), Lyric (Soleil Moon Frye’s son), and Ava (Stacy Keibler’s daughter), are under the age of 12, showing that these famous tots will be in good company in their school years.
Kristin Cavallari

Kristin Cavallari

  • Uniquely Unisex: River and Frankie, the names of Kelly Clarkson and Drew Barrymore’s daughters, are increasing in popularity from their primarily male origins. Females named Frankie (33%) are rapidly catching up to their male counterparts (67%).
River Phoenix

River Phoenix

Much like Prince George, whose name has increased in popularity since his birth last year, we expect that many of these names may also see a surge in popularity in the years to come. Some of these names, like Ava, are already in the Top 10, while Alyssa Milano’s daughter, Elizabella, has the most unique name on the list, with only seven people in the country sharing it.

Prince George

Prince George

The list also breaks down the states where the most people with these names are living. Interestingly enough, Kerry Washington, star of the political thriller Scandal, named her daughter Isabelle – a name most popular in Washington, D.C.!

Drew Barrymore, Olivia Wilde, Kerry Washington

Drew Barrymore, Olivia Wilde, Kerry Washington

Top 20 Names Shared with 2014 Celebrity Babies

  1. Rose (Scarlett Johansson): 399,967; NJ has the most
  2. Harper (Jenna Fischer): 172,123; WV has the most
  3. Oliver (Ginnifer Goodwin): 156,415; AL has the most
  4. Hazel (Emily Blunt): 114,866; MS has the most
  5. Frankie (Drew Barrymore): 55,904; MS has the most
  6. Summer (Christina Aguilera): 49,770; OK has the most
  7. Booker (Thandie Newton): 48,752; MS has the most
  8. Otis (Olivia Wilde): 43,862; MS has the most
  9. Ava (Stacy Keibler) : 23,404; MS has the most
  10. Isabelle (Kerry Washington): 22,564; DC has the most
  11. Royal (Lil’ Kim): 20,788; NC has the most
  12. Vale (Savannah Guthrie): 1,798; VT has the most
  13. River (Kelly Clarkson): 1,499; WY has the most
  14. Apollo (Gwen Stefani): 924; HI has the most
  15. Lyric (Soleil Moon Frye): 781; WY has the most
  16. Jaxon (Kristin Cavallari): 546; ID has the most
  17. Alijah (Kendra Wilkinson): 200; VT has the most
  18. Meilani (Jenni “JWoww” Farley): 162; HI has the most
  19. Bodhi (Megan Fox): 148; ME has the most
  20. Elizabella (Alyssa Milano): 7; HI has the most

 

 

Yes, Virginia, Florence, and Victoria: Most Popular Names Shared With Places

In honor of summer travel, we took a look at the most popular names in the country that are shared with travel destinations. While there are plenty of places named after people, like Lincoln, Nebraska, and Washington, D.C., we found that Virginia tops the list with 577,805 people sharing the name – most of them living in West Virginia.

Florence (Italy, and cities in AL, OR, and SC) and Victoria (TX, Canada) tied for second place with 404,327 people sharing the name, most common in Hawaii and New Mexico, respectively. Brittany (as in France, 350,775 people) and Charlotte (as in NC, VT, 254,489 people), round out the Top 5.

There are lots of people named after exciting travel destinations like Paris, Asia, and India, which makes you wonder if their parents are world travelers, or better yet, if these people were conceived in these destinations. However, we loved seeing national pride reflected in the amount of people named America here in the United States (2,852 people).

Our list breaks down the states where the people with these most common names are living. Interestingly enough, California (121 people) and Bronx (21 people), are most common in their respective states.

Don’t worry about packing a bag or filling up the gas tank – take a tour of the most popular names shared with travel destinations below:

  1. Virginia577,805; W. Virginia has the most
  2. Florence (Italy, Alabama, Oregon & South Carolina): 404,327; Hawaii has the most
Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

3. Victoria (TX, Canada)404,327; New Mexico has the most

Britney Spears

Britney Spears

4. Brittany (France): 350,775; Kentucky has the most

5. Charlotte (North Carolina, Vermont)254,489 girls; W. Virginia has the most

Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton

6. Chelsea (London, New York City)133,470; Utah has the most

7. Georgia113,695; Mississippi has the most

8. Carolina (North & South)57,164; California has the most

9. Madison (WI, NJ): 28,882; Utah has the most

10. Sydney: 43,133; Utah has the most

Like mother, like daughter: Savannah Guthrie just named her daughter Vale, also a place.

Like mother, like daughter: Savannah Guthrie just named her daughter Vale, also a place.

 

11. Savannah (Georgia)28,082; Kentucky has the most

12. Madeleine (Islands, Quebec, Canada): 17,551; New Hampshire has the most

13. Asia: 15,088; Washington, DC has the most

Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton

14. Paris14,931; Washington, DC has the most

Before we fire up the grill and put out the potato salad, we decided to dig into some data and see how many people in the U.S. share names with some of our country’s most patriotic founders.

John Hancock & other signers  of the Declaration of Independence

John Hancock & other signers
of the Declaration of Independence

Interestingly, John Adams (9,893 people), Robert Morris (7,367 people), and John Hancock (1,616 people), are the top three most common names of our Founding Fathers.

We might take a wild guess at what Samuel Adams might drink at a cookout!

We might take a wild guess at what Samuel Adams might drink at a cookout!

Rounding out the Top 5 in the list of the 14 most popular Founding Fathers names are George Washington (1,513 people) and Samuel Adams (1,100 people).

Guess which state has the most people who share names with the Founding Fathers

And of note is where you’ll find most of these citizens: Florida was the 27th state to join Union, but it’s the number one state for patriotic names.

Betsy Ross

Betsy Ross

And while Betsy Ross may not be a Founding Father, we included her on the list at number fourteen, with 163 people in the United States sharing the name. The state with the most Betsy Rosses? Again, it’s Florida!

Popular Founding Fathers Names Shared with People in the U.S.

  1. John Adams: 9,893; 789 in FL
  2. Robert Morris - 7,367; 587 in FL
  3. John Hancock – 1,616; 184 in TX
  4. George Washington - 1,513; 133 in TX
  5. Samuel Adams – 1,100; 75 in GA
  6. Patrick Henry – 1,004; 100 in FL
  7. James Madison – 753; 55 in CA
  8. Thomas Jefferson – 522; 52 in TX
  9. Benjamin Franklin – 401; 38 in CA
  10. John Witherspoon – 309; 36 in NC
  11. John Jay – 282; 38 in TX
  12. Alexander Hamilton – 269; 25 in NY
  13. Thomas Paine – 179; 20 in CA
  14. Betsy Ross – 163; 17 in FL