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.
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.
Oprah Winfrey: only 2 other Americans share this icon’s name, one in CA and one in GA.
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).
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).
Reese Witherspoon: to our surprise, we found 5 people in the U.S. with this name, the most in FL and SC (2 each).
Julianne Moore: 57 people in the U.S. have this name. CA is home to the most (5).
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.