Stars are always starting new trends, and the names they choose for their children are no exception. In honor of some of 2014’s latest A-list infants, we took a look at the popularity of 20 names in the country shared with this year’s celebrity offspring, and Parents magazine’s In Name Only blog joined us. Scarlett Johansson’s daughter Rose is this list’s blockbuster, with 399,967 people in the U.S. sharing the name – with the most residing in the appropriately nicknamed Garden State, New Jersey.
What’s In a Name?
Here are some of the top name trends that are in vogue in 2014:
- Old Hollywood: Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, and Emily Blunt all chose names for their children that peaked in popularity before the 1920s – Rose, Otis, and Hazel, respectively.
- 12 And Under: Over 90% of people named Jaxon (Kristin Cavallari’s son), Alijah (Kendra Wilkinson’s daughter), Lyric (Soleil Moon Frye’s son), and Ava (Stacy Keibler’s daughter), are under the age of 12, showing that these famous tots will be in good company in their school years.
- Uniquely Unisex: River and Frankie, the names of Kelly Clarkson and Drew Barrymore’s daughters, are increasing in popularity from their primarily male origins. Females named Frankie (33%) are rapidly catching up to their male counterparts (67%).
Much like Prince George, whose name has increased in popularity since his birth last year, we expect that many of these names may also see a surge in popularity in the years to come. Some of these names, like Ava, are already in the Top 10, while Alyssa Milano’s daughter, Elizabella, has the most unique name on the list, with only seven people in the country sharing it.
The list also breaks down the states where the most people with these names are living. Interestingly enough, Kerry Washington, star of the political thriller Scandal, named her daughter Isabelle – a name most popular in Washington, D.C.!
Top 20 Names Shared with 2014 Celebrity Babies
- Rose (Scarlett Johansson): 399,967; NJ has the most
- Harper (Jenna Fischer): 172,123; WV has the most
- Oliver (Ginnifer Goodwin): 156,415; AL has the most
- Hazel (Emily Blunt): 114,866; MS has the most
- Frankie (Drew Barrymore): 55,904; MS has the most
- Summer (Christina Aguilera): 49,770; OK has the most
- Booker (Thandie Newton): 48,752; MS has the most
- Otis (Olivia Wilde): 43,862; MS has the most
- Ava (Stacy Keibler) : 23,404; MS has the most
- Isabelle (Kerry Washington): 22,564; DC has the most
- Royal (Lil’ Kim): 20,788; NC has the most
- Vale (Savannah Guthrie): 1,798; VT has the most
- River (Kelly Clarkson): 1,499; WY has the most
- Apollo (Gwen Stefani): 924; HI has the most
- Lyric (Soleil Moon Frye): 781; WY has the most
- Jaxon (Kristin Cavallari): 546; ID has the most
- Alijah (Kendra Wilkinson): 200; VT has the most
- Meilani (Jenni “JWoww” Farley): 162; HI has the most
- Bodhi (Megan Fox): 148; ME has the most
- Elizabella (Alyssa Milano): 7; HI has the most
Last Friday, we kicked off our first ever Whitepages Hackathon. It was a fantastic event with huge participation, great ideas and lots of fun. The idea behind it was a long time in the making. Every day at work I hear questions or suggestions on how to best leverage our data. Whether it’s an engineer, member of the marketing team, or one of the folks from HR—Whitepagers are constantly dreaming up new ideas to enhance our business. I finally decided it was time to round up all the Whitepagers to spend an afternoon brainstorming ideas and focusing on the ones that would best serve our customers. We kicked off the Hackathon at noon on September 12, 2014. Here was the format for the day
- Pitch your idea in 1 minute
- Form teams around the best 6 ideas
- Spend 6 hours on execution
- Present your idea in 5 minutes
- Crown the winner
The level of participation blew my mind. Nearly a third of the company pitched a total of 28 ideas. Participants included members from Whitepages PRO, marketing, HR, engineering, ad sales and the interns. Pitches were one minute long and had to focus on a business problem with a way to solve it. The ideas pitched represented different business units and customer personas. We had something for Whitepages PRO developers to help them play around with our APIs, some great features for Whitepages, and we had ideas on how to leverage our Identity Graph data to solve the business community’s pain points.
Next, each participant voted to select the six best ideas. Over 60 people voted—that’s more than half of the office. That’s a great testament to the culture here at Whitepages, where everyone is working hard to make the customer’s experience the best it can be. Once the voting was complete, the teams formed around their six chosen ideas. They were instructed to fine-tune their idea, think about user experience, and then create mockups, prototypes, or something more fleshed out so that the judges could better understand the problem, solution and user experience. The next six hours were spent on execution. It was intense. There were heated debates, challenging questions and last minute coding to come up with something cool. Then came the time to present. The judges were asked to focus on:
- Relevance of the solution for Whitepages
- The customer’s experience
- Quality of the presentation
The teams ensured that the judges had their work cut out for them. If the top six ideas were all good, then the execution went above and beyond. For example, one team created two mobile apps (Android and iOS) from scratch complete with design and coding. Another did an entire demo all from the command line. And the next team created cool visualizations that would enhance our data’s value in the realm of business. All of this was done in just six hours! In the end, it was a single point that separated the winner from the runner-up.
For the grand prize, each of the winning team members received: (1) bragging rights as the winner of the first ever Whitepages Hackathon; (2) the potential opportunity for their idea to be productized; (3) dinner at the Space Needle. For me, the best part of the Hackathon is what comes next. I am already in conversations with one of the teams to open source their project. The idea would improve the developer’s onboarding experience for our Graph APIs. Additionally, one of the product teams is keen to see if they can prioritize another idea for early 2015. We are also trying to figure out if we can create a sample app from one of the pitches. In short, the Hackathon was a real win, and of course, lots of fun. It made all the planning and effort behind organizing this experience totally worth it. What do you think? Let me know (kshah [at] whitepages [dot] com) if you have interesting ideas for our data. And if you now find yourself wishing to take part in some competition, then enter Whitepages PRO API Mashup Challenge. We’re taking submissions until October 31st.
In meantime, I’ll be planning the next Whitepages Hackathon.
My name is Ashkaan Khatakhotan and I was a web development intern on Whitepages core site team this past summer.
Over the course of my internship I built the UI of a V1 rails web app for collection and distribution of contact information. During this time I had to deal with issues of attracting and onboarding new users. Because of these experiences I decided to make the topic of my intern presentation “Best Practices for Increasing User Conversion”.
User conversion can basically be defined as the percentage of users who take a desired action – such as signing up for a service. New user conversion is obviously a hugely important aspect for any company, and is one of the strongest ROI arguments for better user experience. To create this presentation I scoured UX blogs and over a hundred different websites to gather information on what user conversion practices work and what practices to avoid.
Please direct any questions you have to my email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, Virginia, Florence, and Victoria: Most Popular Names Shared With Places
In honor of summer travel, we took a look at the most popular names in the country that are shared with travel destinations. While there are plenty of places named after people, like Lincoln, Nebraska, and Washington, D.C., we found that Virginia tops the list with 577,805 people sharing the name – most of them living in West Virginia.
Florence (Italy, and cities in AL, OR, and SC) and Victoria (TX, Canada) tied for second place with 404,327 people sharing the name, most common in Hawaii and New Mexico, respectively. Brittany (as in France, 350,775 people) and Charlotte (as in NC, VT, 254,489 people), round out the Top 5.
There are lots of people named after exciting travel destinations like Paris, Asia, and India, which makes you wonder if their parents are world travelers, or better yet, if these people were conceived in these destinations. However, we loved seeing national pride reflected in the amount of people named America here in the United States (2,852 people).
Our list breaks down the states where the people with these most common names are living. Interestingly enough, California (121 people) and Bronx (21 people), are most common in their respective states.
Don’t worry about packing a bag or filling up the gas tank – take a tour of the most popular names shared with travel destinations below:
- Virginia: 577,805; W. Virginia has the most
- Florence (Italy, Alabama, Oregon & South Carolina): 404,327; Hawaii has the most
3. Victoria (TX, Canada): 404,327; New Mexico has the most
4. Brittany (France): 350,775; Kentucky has the most
5. Charlotte (North Carolina, Vermont): 254,489 girls; W. Virginia has the most
6. Chelsea (London, New York City): 133,470; Utah has the most
7. Georgia: 113,695; Mississippi has the most
8. Carolina (North & South): 57,164; California has the most
9. Madison (WI, NJ): 28,882; Utah has the most
10. Sydney: 43,133; Utah has the most
11. Savannah (Georgia): 28,082; Kentucky has the most
12. Madeleine (Islands, Quebec, Canada): 17,551; New Hampshire has the most
13. Asia: 15,088; Washington, DC has the most
14. Paris: 14,931; Washington, DC has the most