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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

 

Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams

Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams


Nicole Kidman and Mike Myers don’t have any reason to get the “Sunday Blues” (realizing the weekend’s been fun, and now there’s a 5-day work week ahead)–they both have beautiful daughters named after the day of the week named for the center of our solar system, so that made us wonder:

How many people in the U.S. are named after the Days of the Week?

Sunday: 4,504 people share this name, actually an Old English nickname for someone born on a Sunday.

Monday: 385 people have this name, a day named after the moon, with the most in Alabama.

Tuesday: This name peaked in popularity in 1971, around the time of actress Tuesday Weld’s heyday, with 2,791 people sharing this name.  Interestingly, she changed her name to Tuesday, after her childhood nickname “Tu-tu”: her little cousin could not pronounce her name “Susan”.

Tuesday Weld

Tuesday Weld

Wednesday: 611 people share the name of the daughter in the Addams Family; this name peaked in popularity in 2010. Trivia alert: the character’s middle name is “Friday”. Bonus trivia question: What’s the name of Wednesday’s doll?

 

Lisa Loring as Wednesday Addams in the 1960s TV show.  Do you know her doll's name?

Lisa Loring as Wednesday Addams in the 1960s TV show

Thursday: This day of the week might be more popular as a day – nearing the weekend – than as a name: Only 80 people have this name.

Friday: This name has roots in literature (“Robinson Crusoe”‘s Man Friday) and is likely more popular in describing a role or quality one seeks – as in a loyal employee – as in the film “His Gal Friday” and even entry level jobs, called “Gal Fridays” or “Guy Fridays”. 543 people share this first name and it’s most popular in Hawaii.

Saturday: Only 33 people share this name, which makes us think that, since some cultures consider Saturday the beginning of the week and some the end, people are a bit ambivalent about “Saturn’s Day” as a name.

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?”

The Waltons

The Waltons

 

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.

brady

Mike Brady

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?

Little House on the Prairie

Michael Landon as Charles Ingalls

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.

Ray Romano

Everybody Loves Raymond

Popular TV Dad Names Shared with Men in the U.S.

  1. John Walton (The Waltons): 1,459; 144 in TX
  2. Jim Anderson (Father Knows Best): 1,304; 120 in MN
  3. Tim Taylor (Home Improvement)1,096; 12 in TX
  4. Andy Taylor (The Andy Griffith Show): 279; 32 in TX
  5. Mike Brady (The Brady Bunch): 238; 35 in CA
  6. Howard Cunningham (Happy Days): 152; 23 in CA
  7. Danny Tanner (Full House): 71; 12 in MS
  8. Tom Bradford: (Eight is Enough): 62; 16 in TX
  9. Fred Sanford (Sanford & Son): 60; 9 in FL
  10. Tom Corbett (The Courship of Eddie’s Father): 59; 7 in TX
  11. Charles Ingalls (Little House on the Prairie): 57; 7 in IA
  12. Dan Connor (Roseanne): 44; 6 in OH
  13. Steve Keaton (Family Ties): 34; 12 in SC
  14. Steve Douglas (My Three Sons): 26; 25 in TX
  15. Jason Seaver (Growing Pains): 25; 5 in MA
  16. Philip Drummond (Diff’rent Strokes): 19; 2 in NC
  17. Ozzie Nelson (Ozzie & Harriet): 10; 3 in GA
  18. Ray Barone (Everybody Loves Raymond): 9; 3 in NY
  19. Archie Bunker (All in the Family): 4; 2 in FL
  20. Al Bundy (Married With Children): 4; 1 each in WA, FL, VA, and DC
  21. Ward Cleaver (Leave It To Beaver): 2; 1 in NY, 1 in MA

 Webby Award
This year, the Internet turned 25, and the Webby Awards marked it recently with some memorable awards at their 18th Annual Awards presentation. What are the Webbys? They’re called the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, and presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Like the Oscars for the Web.

We’re proud to be part of the Webby Awards; this year, our Current Caller ID app was recognized as an “Official Honoree”. This is noteworthy because it goes to the Top 15 percent of entrants in all categories, so we’re glad to hear people are finding our app pretty darn useful. 

“Honorees like WhitePages Current are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 12,000 entries we received this year.”

Congrats to all the Nominees our fellow Honorees and the “People’s Voice” Award winners!
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