I’ll Ghost Your Buster: Names Edition


How many people in the US share their names with proton-beam-shooting, jump-suit-wearing, ghost-busting heroes? Allow me to uncover the mystery. Out of respect, the originals will go first:

1984 [Places hand over heart]

Peter Venkman – 1 person has this name (in MI)

“Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!”

“This Mr. Stay Puft’s okay! He’s a sailor, he’s in New York; we get this guy laid, we won’t have any trouble!”*

Raymond Stantz – 1 person has this name (in PA)

“Personally, I liked the university. They gave us money and facilities, we didn’t have to produce anything! You’ve never been out of college! You don’t know what it’s like out there! I’ve *worked* in the private sector. They expect *results*.”

Egon Spengler – 0 people have this name

“There’s definitely a *very slim* chance we’ll survive.”

Winston Zeddmore – 0 people have this name

“Ray, when someone asks you if you’re a God, you say yes!”

Dana Barrett – 120 people have this name (with the most in GA and IN)

“You know, you don’t act like a scientist…You’re more like a game show host.”

Louis Tully – 12 people have this name (with the most in CA)

“Hey, this is real smoked salmon from Nova Scotia, Canada, $24.95 a pound! It only cost me $14.12 after tax, though.”

Janine Melnitz – 0 people have this name

“I’ve quit better jobs than this. Ghostbusters, whaddya want.”


2016 Giving it up for the ladies…

Erin Gilbert – 169 people have this name (with the most in CA)

“Proton guns are all well and good, but sometimes you need the Swiss Army.”

Abby Yates – 10 people have this name (with no more than 1 per each state its in)

“It’s always the sad, pale ones.”

Jill Holtzmann – 1 person has this name (in MO)

“Just try saying no to these salty parabolas!”

Patty Tolan – 14 people are named Patricia Tolan (with the most in NY and CA)

“I guess he’s going to Queens – he’s going to be the third scariest thing on that train.”

Kevin… Just Kevin – 1,107,355 people have this first name (with the most in NH)

“Clark Kent? Oh, because of the glasses and the handsomeness.”

Martin Heiss [respect] – 6 people have this name (with the most in MI)


*Peter Venkman gets two quotes because he’s the best. And I couldn’t choose (two was hard enough). And it’s my article so I can do whatever I want.

by Lisa Bowers

Lisa Bowers is a public relations professional who enjoys a healthy dose of sarcasm and wants to improve the mobile environment that affects everyone's daily lives. A Chicago native, she studied Business Computer Systems and still has nightmares about coding exams. Now in Seattle, she loves seeing mountains and water every day and tries to enjoy the PacNW as much as possible.

One thought on “I’ll Ghost Your Buster: Names Edition

  1. Cindy says:

    Allow to uncover the mystery of people names in US who share their name with proton-beam-shooting, jump-suit-wearing, ghost-busting heroes. Is a good mystery idea to know…

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