Oh, Dad: he might be the top dog at home, but have you ever come across someone who shares a name with one of television’s favorite fathers?. We looked at new “dad-a”  and found that a number of John Waltons (1,459 people), Jim Andersons (1,304 people), and Tim Taylors (1,096 people), are living among us, possibly asking, “Were you raised in a barn?”

The Waltons

The Waltons

 

Andy Taylor and Mike Brady rounded out the top five in the list of the 25 most popular TV dad names, while we found that some TV dads are just one of a kind.

brady

Mike Brady

There’s no one in the United States who shares a name with Cliff Huxtable of The Cosby Show or Phil Dunphy of Modern Family, but there are some Charles Ingalls who live in Iowa, one of the childhood homes of Laura Ingalls Wilder, who wrote the “Little House” books that the Little House on the Prairie TV show was based on. Coincidence?

Little House on the Prairie

Michael Landon as Charles Ingalls

Our list also breaks down the states where the men with the most common names are living. Interestingly enough, there are three Ray Barones in New York, the state where the title character in Everybody Loves Raymond lives.

Ray Romano

Everybody Loves Raymond

Popular TV Dad Names Shared with Men in the U.S.

  1. John Walton (The Waltons): 1,459; 144 in TX
  2. Jim Anderson (Father Knows Best): 1,304; 120 in MN
  3. Tim Taylor (Home Improvement)1,096; 12 in TX
  4. Andy Taylor (The Andy Griffith Show): 279; 32 in TX
  5. Mike Brady (The Brady Bunch): 238; 35 in CA
  6. Howard Cunningham (Happy Days): 152; 23 in CA
  7. Danny Tanner (Full House): 71; 12 in MS
  8. Tom Bradford: (Eight is Enough): 62; 16 in TX
  9. Fred Sanford (Sanford & Son): 60; 9 in FL
  10. Tom Corbett (The Courship of Eddie’s Father): 59; 7 in TX
  11. Charles Ingalls (Little House on the Prairie): 57; 7 in IA
  12. Dan Connor (Roseanne): 44; 6 in OH
  13. Steve Keaton (Family Ties): 34; 12 in SC
  14. Steve Douglas (My Three Sons): 26; 25 in TX
  15. Jason Seaver (Growing Pains): 25; 5 in MA
  16. Philip Drummond (Diff’rent Strokes): 19; 2 in NC
  17. Ozzie Nelson (Ozzie & Harriet): 10; 3 in GA
  18. Ray Barone (Everybody Loves Raymond): 9; 3 in NY
  19. Archie Bunker (All in the Family): 4; 2 in FL
  20. Al Bundy (Married With Children): 4; 1 each in WA, FL, VA, and DC
  21. Ward Cleaver (Leave It To Beaver): 2; 1 in NY, 1 in MA

Today, WhitePages released a new version of  Mr. Number, and added a new feature to the popular call & text blocking and spam identification Android app.

The newest release of Mr. Number gives users even more insight and control–by automatically adding names for recent callers or texters not already in your address book or identified as spam. With the newest release, up to 10 unidentified phone numbers in your call and text log will automatically be identified for free

Mr. Number call blocking

The new feature uses WhitePages powerful directory of over 200 million names to identify recent unidentified callers and texters in your call and text logs and displays them under “recent activity”.  This provides instant information about who called, so the you can decide whether to block that person from future communication.

In addition to the automatic free lookups upon download, new users receive 20 free lookup credits that they can use to manually look up numbers anytime in the future.  You can purchase an additional 20 lookups for $.99 from Google Play when your free lookups are used up. 

Existing users can upgrade to the newest release, and new users can download the app in the Google Play Store.

 

 Webby Award
This year, the Internet turned 25, and the Webby Awards marked it recently with some memorable awards at their 18th Annual Awards presentation. What are the Webbys? They’re called the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, and presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Like the Oscars for the Web.

We’re proud to be part of the Webby Awards; this year, our Current Caller ID app was recognized as an “Official Honoree”. This is noteworthy because it goes to the Top 15 percent of entrants in all categories, so we’re glad to hear people are finding our app pretty darn useful. 

“Honorees like WhitePages Current are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 12,000 entries we received this year.”

Congrats to all the Nominees our fellow Honorees and the “People’s Voice” Award winners!
Don’t have Current? You can download it for free here.

innovationChallenge

WhitePages was proud to host last weekend’s Seattle B2B Startup Weekend.  With over 70 participants and 10 different teams, the ideas that were presented panned out to be some of the best one could imagine!

The weekend started off on Friday night with a crowd of folks with dreams that were waiting to be made a reality. By that evening, teams had been formed, conference rooms had been invaded and whiteboards were being marked up. Saturday provided a full day of people brainstorming, conducting interviews and writing code for what could potentially be the next great idea in the B2B world.  On Sunday, the teams were heads down finalizing and formulating their final presentation for Sunday evening.  It was an action-packed weekend, for sure!

Start Up Weekend presentations

The top award for the event went to Human Analytics which built a people tracker for retail businesses traditionally only available for large corporations. Kudos to the team for securing and signing up their first customer before the final presentations even took place (How cool is that?!?).

Overall winner: Human Analytics

In addition to hosting the event, we also offered up a secondary prize for the team that used our WhitePages PRO API most effectively. Spot Survey, a team dedicated to helping small businesses run customer surveys, won the award for using our API to query for demographic and location information so that they can better understand and serve their customer base.

PRO Challege winners Spot Survey

Our CEO, Alex Algard, was a part of an impressive line-up of judges including Liz Pearce of LiquidPlanner, Tim Porter of Madrona, Sanjay Puri from 9Mile Labs and Patti Elliott from Yapta. Thank you to all of the coaches, sponsors and organizers of this weekend’s event.

The caliber and contribution from the organization and the participants continues to be awe-inspiring!

Last night, WhitePages hosted Dinner #29 of the Seattle Girl Geek Dinners in the WhitePages event space known as “The Great Room”.

Seattle Girl Geek Dinner 29

Photo by Susie Algard

The Seattle chapter of the Girl Geek Dinners was founded in 2008 and was inspired by the original Girl Geek Dinners in London.  The organization is based on one mission: To embrace being girly and geeky!  These events are designed to create an informal platform where tech girls and women of all ages can network and learn from others alike, in our local community.

We had about 70 women attend last night’s event and a good time was had by all!  The evening started with some noshing and beverages, followed by a riveting presentation from WhitePages’ CTO, Scott Sikora.  Scott described in detail the basis of our contact graph and outlined the challenges and wins that stem from being a Top 40 web property with billions of records of data.  Upon completion of his presentation, about a dozen hands shot up with some of the most intelligent questions we’ve had at our events!

The audience was engaged and interested when it came to areas of security, platforms and management of such a huge amount of data!  At the end of the event, we asked how many attendees had learned something new about WhitePages during the presentation–every hand in the audience went up!

This is why we love hosting these events – to grow our outreach connections and give a little back to community by opening up our new meeting space.