Country Music’s Biggest Names Might Be Living Right Next Door

Brandy Clark

The CMA Awards are upon us, “Country Music’s Biggest Night”. The genre is wildly popular, and people love it because the musicians and songs are totally relatable. Tastes and tunes have come a long way from the stereotypical singing cowboy and “Tear in My Beer” type of songs to music that has multi-instrumentalists and multi-generational appeal. From legends like Jimmie Rodgers, the “Father of Country Music”, Kitty Wells, the “Queen of Country Music”, Roy Acuff, the “King of Country Music” to The Carter Family, Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, Johnny Cash and countless more, the genre has endured and grown over generations.

So in honor of country music artistry, we took a look at the names of today’s country music stars and the popularity of their names in the U.S. Turns out that you may have a chance to two-step with someone who shares a famous name at the next neighborhood barbecue.

Most Popular Names in Country Music Shared by People in the U.S.:

Brandy Clark – 509 people share this name in the U.S.; 58 in TX

Kenny Rogers – 187 people share this name in the U.S.; 18 in FL

Faith Hill – 127 people share this name in the U.S.;13 in CA

Eric Church – 106 people share this name in the U.S.; 18 in NC

Carrie Underwood – 70 people share this name in the U.S.; 8 in AL

Blake Shelton – 58 people share this name in the U.S.; 14 in TX

Keith Urban – 53 people share this name in the U.S.; 8 in TX

Tim McGraw – 51 people share this name in the U.S.; 8 in OH

Miranda Lambert – 38 people share this name in the U.S.; 6 in OH

Kip Moore – 33 people share this name in the U.S.; 7 in NC

Taylor Swift – 28 people share this name in the U.S.; 6 in Washington

George Strait – 26 people share this name in the U.S.; 7 in TX

Luke Bryan – 19 people share this name in the U.S.; 4 in OH

Dolly Parton – 12 people share this name in the U.S.; 3 in NY

Martina McBride – 10 people share this name in the U.S.; 3 in MO

Brett Eldredge – 8 people share this name in the U.S.; 2 in UT, 2 in NY, 2 in ID

Brad Paisley – 7 people share this name in the U.S.; 2 in TN, 2 in TX

Thomas Rhett – 7 people share this name in the U.S.; 3 in CA

Dierks Bentley – 2 people share this name in the U.S.; 1 in FL, 1 in CA

Kenny Chesney – 2 people share this name in the U.S.; 1 in TN, 1 in IN

Kacey Musgraves – 1 person shares this name in the U.S., in TN

Cole Swindell – Cole is a nickname for Colden Rainey “Cole” Swindell; 1 person in GA

Jason Aldean – 0 people in our database with Jason’s stage name (his middle name is “Aldine”) but there’s over 6,800 people with the name Jason Williams

 

(Photo: Brandy Clark)

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