Is the Luck of the Irish in Your Name?

shutterstock_253598302When I was little, my dad told me that everybody has a little Irish in them. Naturally, I assumed “everybody” included me. It wasn’t until my first genealogy project that my mom had to expel that rumor. My dad remembers nothing of our original conversation.

Though my roots may not include ancestors from the rolling hills of Ireland, I will always drink a green beer on St. Patrick’s Day, so let’s call it a tie.

In order to celebrate my favorite (albeit adopted) holiday, I decided to dive into the Whitepages Pot of Gold: our names database. Come, take my hand, let us travel this road together…

Celtic
First Name: 15 people have this name; the most in KS
Last Name: 8 people have this as a last name; the most in AL

Clover
First Name: 1,783 people have this name; the most in WY
Last Name: 3,444 people have this as a last name; the most also in WY
Be on the lookout for this one! 87% of the individuals with this name are between ages 0-12

Dublin
First Name: 77 people have this name; the most in VT; all male and between ages 0-12
Last Name: 2,633 people have this as a last name; the most in D.C. (per capita, of course)

Gold
First Name: 354 people have this name; the most in ND
Last Name: 27,804 people have this as a last name; the most in NY

Ireland
First Name: 361 people have this name; the most in WV; all female and below the age of 29
Last Name: 20,776 people have this as a last name; the most in ME

Irish
First Name: 2,396 people have this name; the most in MS; all female and over 30 y/o (peaking in 1951)
Last Name: 10,143 people have this as a last name; the most in VT

Luck
First Name: 246 people have this name; the most in VT
Last Name: 8,339 people have this as a last name; the most in VA

March
First Name: 1,181 people have this name; the most in D.C. (per capita)
Last Name: 14,370 people have this as a last name; the most in PA

Rainbow
First Name: 580 people have this name; the most in HI; all female and between 30-54 (peaking in 1980)
Last Name: 755 people have this as a last name; the most in ND

Shamrock
First Name: 67 people have this name; the most in WY
Last Name: 487 people have this as a last name; the most in OH

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For those parents who stepped it up a notch, there are also a few individuals with the following names:
Irish Luck – just one lucky devil, residing in NC
Bright Rainbow – just one, residing in FL

<Lifts green beer> Cheers, to you, Irish Luck. For the rest of us not as lucky in names, I hear a good beer can fix anything. <Tests theory>

 

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.

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