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 proud to be rooting for the home team. As members of the 12th Man, we’re honored 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!

By the Numbers: Holiday Mail Fast Facts

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One of the rituals of the holiday season is heading to the post office to mail gifts and cards to loved ones near and far. The tradition of mailing greeting cards is alive and well, if you look at our stats, but alas, some of these well-meaning cards don’t make it to their intended destinations. That’s where Whitepages can help.

What’s more, that online shopping habit of yours is actually a job creator: As more and more people shop online for gifts, seasonal jobs are created because of the need to handle and deliver more packages.

So while you pass the time waiting in line at the post office, consider these holiday facts:

15th Busiest mailing day in December…

640+ million Cards, letters and packages were mailed that day.

6.5 billion Greeting cards purchased each year by Americans, resulting in…

$7-8 billion In sales; the average person buys 20+ cards per year. The most popular card sending occasion is birthdays.

1.6 billion Number of Christmas cards purchased, the most popular seasonal occasion to send a card followed by Valentine’s Day, when people only send 145 million cards.

70 Percent of card buyers who say sending greeting cards is important.

69.8 billion Pieces of mail that are undeliverable as addressed, meaning 5 out of every 100 pieces of mail never make it to their addressees.

$1.4 billion Cost of undeliverable mail annually. Mail is undeliverable because:

  • .13% missing zip code, city or state
  • 5.2% incorrect apartment number
  • 4.4% missing or marked with an incorrect street name or address

217 Increase in percent of people looking up addresses for friends and family during the final weeks of December on Whitepages.com and our app, so your mail will be delivered accurately.

7 Days a week the post office will deliver packages during the holiday season through Christmas Day.

475 million Packages the post office will deliver this holiday season (a 12-14% increase over last year).

20th Last day in December you can mail greeting cards to arrive by Christmas.

21st Last day in December you can mail packages via USPS in order for them to be under the tree on Christmas morning.

214,000 Number of postal service delivery routes.

4 billion Packages the U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver this year, (an 8% increase over 2013).

You’ve spent time and effort to pick out the perfect cards and just-right gifts – so make sure you’ve got all the address details straight with Whitepages People Search and the Whitepages app on Android and iOS.

 

 

 

The 12 Names of Christmas

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Yes, Virginia, Carol and Holly are the among the most festive first and last names in the country just in time for the holiday season. 

Carol (first name) and Bell (last name) topped the lists with 1,148,024 and 385,651 people sharing the name, respectively.

Rounding out the top five first names are Virginia (577,805 people), Holly (298,910 people), Jesus (284,001 people), and Joy (214,192 people). For last names, Noel took second place (41,100 people), followed by Rudolph (27,025 people), Joy (18,871 people), and Holly (12,438 people). Interestingly enough, there are 439 people with the first name Christmas, and 7,525 people with it as a last name.

Many names on the lists are associated with seasonal songs or stories we all know and love, making this the perfect holiday party conversation topic. Another fun fact to share – there is one Kris Kringle in the U.S., but he’s not at the North Pole.

Our intel also shows that Americans won’t be searching for Ebenezer Scrooge’s address for their holiday cards, as there is no one with that name in the U.S. Our website and mobile app searches do see an increase in consumers looking up addresses for friends and family during the final weeks of December, peaking with a 217% increase on December 18th.

Our list of the Top 12 Holiday Names breaks down how many people share the names in the U.S., as well as the states where the most people with these names are living.

The 12 First Names of Christmas

  1. Carol – 1,148,024; 65,229 in PA
  2. Virginia – 577,805; 41,313 in CA
  3. Holly – 298,910; 21,041 in CA
  4. Jesus – 284,001; 89,465 in CA
  5. Joy – 214,192; 16,195 in TX
  6. Noel – 71,816; 10,536 in CA
  7. Rudolph – 47,598; 2,719 in PA
  8. Merry – 14,226; 560 in MI
  9. Bell – 5,047; 296 in NY
  10. Claus – 1,614; 70 in WA
  11. Christmas – 439; 32 in NY
  12. Yule – 121; 22 in CA

The 12 Last Names of Christmas

  1. Bell – 385,651; 33,761 in TX
  2. Noel – 41,100; 4,896 in FL
  3. Rudolph – 27,025; 2,176 in CA
  4. Joy – 18,871; 1,470 in CA
  5. Holly – 12,438; 1,151 in CA
  6. Christmas – 7,525; 806 in FL
  7. Merry – 5,050; 385 in CA
  8. Claus – 4,979; 413 in CA
  9. Carol – 3,985; 546 in CA
  10. Jesus – 3,342; 990 in CA
  11. Virginia – 1,598; 327 in CA
  12. Yule – 1,506; 190 in CA

 

 

Holiday Stress? Let Whitepages Help You Enjoy the Season

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The holidays are upon us, and you may find yourself already feeling the weight of a long list of to-do’s: party invites, sending holiday cards, shipping gifts and yes, thank you notes. Well, Whitepages can help. Use Whitepages.com and the Whitepages apps to start checking off your “to-do” list.

Party Invites

You rely on your neighbors and friends throughout the year and you’ve already mentioned a little neighborhood potluck at your place. You might even be regretting even mentioning it, for fear of forgetting to invite someone. But using Whitepages Reverse Address, you’ll save face by inviting everyone in the cul-de-sac by name. Or maybe a friend just moved. Whitepages People Search to get their new address.

Holiday Cards

You’ve picked out just the right design, photo and background, now all you need is addresses. Whitepages People Search will give you their current address, so you can spread more holiday cheer.

Shop & Ship

It happens: you’re in a store but they don’t have the item you want, but another location does. Keep it simple by looking up the gift recipient’s name on the Whitepages app (for both Android and iOS), and have the store gift wrap and ship it directly – you’ll skip the line at the post office!

Thank You

Your family and friends have scoured stores and the web to find the perfect gifts for you and your family. Revive the art of the thank you note – find Auntie’s address on Whitepages.com, and you’ll be on her gift-giving list next year!

Congratulations! You’ve hacked the holiday rush, so take some time to enjoy the season.