Baseball is Back in Full Swing: The Most Popular Names in Baseball

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Do you remember crunching on peanuts at your favorite baseball team’s home game, wishing the ball would be hit out of the park and straight into your hands? Next imagine that ball was hit by one of your absolute favorite players whose names you’ll never forget. From Babe Ruth to Jackie Robinson, many baseball players have stuck with us over the years becoming “household names” and eventually hall-of-famers. Now that baseball season is back into “full swing,” we’ve used our name search tool to pull data on some of the most popular players’ names. Who knew that Robinson Cano from the Mariners shares his name with no one in Washington (his home team state), yet there are 131 Alex Rodriguez’s in New York City?

Read on to find out how many people in each player’s home team state share names with some of today’s most popular baseball players. Let’s plaaaayy ball!

Paul Goldschmidt
First baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks (AZ): 1

Madison Bumgarner
Pitcher for the San Francisco Giants (CA): 1

Mike (Michael) Trout
Center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels (CA): 14

James Shields
Pitcher for San Diego Padres (CA): 62

Clayton Kershaw
Pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers (CA): 1

Yasiel Puig
Outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers (CA): 1

Giancarlo Stanton
Outfielder for the Miami Marlins (FL): 1

Max Scherzer
Pitcher for the Washington Nationals (DC/VA/MD): 1

Bryce Harper
Outfielder for the Washington Nationals (DC/VA/MD): 1

Kris (Kristopher/Christopher) Bryant
Third baseman for the Chicago Cubs Minor League (IL): 31

Pablo Sandoval
Third baseman for the Boston Red Sox(MA): 3

Jon (Jonathan / John) Lester
Pitcher for the Chicago Cubs (MA): 12

Hanley Ramirez
Left fielder and third baseman for the Boston Red Sox (MA): 1

Victor Martinez
Designated hitter, catcher and first baseman for Detroit Tigers(MI): 28

Miguel Cabrera
First baseman for the Detroit Tigers (MI): 3

Justin Verlander
Pitcher for the Detroit Tigers(MI): 1

Alex Rodriguez (Rodrigues)
Third baseman and shortstop for the New York Yankees (NY): 170

Andrew McCutchen
Center fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates (PA): 1

Robinson Cano
Second baseman for the Seattle Mariners (WA): 1

Felix Hernandez
Pitcher for the Seattle Mariners (WA): 18

Most Popular Names of Super Bowl XLIX

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Okay, we admit it. Our home office is in Seattle, and this Sunday, we’re excited to be rooting for the home team. As proud 12s, we’re thrilled that the Seahawks are yet again heading to the Super Bowl. So to get in the spirit, we took a look at the names of some of our favorite Hawks along with a few of the Patriots. Let’s see how many U.S. citizens share their names.

Most popular Super Bowl players’ names that are shared with the U.S. population:

Seattle Seahawks

Richard Sherman

1,051 people in the U.S. have this name; most are in California (126)

Richard: 2,781,960 most popular in New Hampshire, #8 in overall popularity in the U.S.

Earl Thomas

896 people in the U.S. have this name; 10 in Washington

234,195 in the U.S have this name; you’ll find the most in West Virginia

Russell Wilson

43 people in the U.S. have this name (none listed in Washington)

354,689 people in the U.S. have the name Russell, with the most living in Utah

Kam Chancellor

Kam is short for Kameron; 3 people in the U.S. are named Kameron Chancellor, 2 in Washington

4,598 people in the U.S. are named Kameron; Utah has the most people with this name

Doug Baldwin

43 people in the U.S. have this name; 4 in Washington

141,323 people in the U.S. are named Doug; North Dakota has the most people with this name

Marshawn Lynch

5 people in the U.S. share this name; 3 in Washington

905 people in the U.S. have the name Marshawn; most of them live in Illinois

New England Patriots

Tom Brady

175 people in the U.S. have this name, the most are in New York (16)

367,951 people in the U.S. have the name Tom, the most in South Dakota

Brandon Browner

8 people in the U.S. have this name, the most in Georgia

513,312 people in the U.S. have the name Brandon; most live in Utah

Rob Gronkowski

68,076 people in the U.S. have the name Rob, most live in Illinois;

5,028,270 people in the U.S. are named Robert; the most people with this name live in New Hampshire

Derrelle Revis

53 people in the U.S. are named Derrelle; most live in Texas

Julian Edelman

5 people in the U.S. have this name; 2 live in California and 2 live in Massachusetts

88,503 people in the U.S. are named Julian; the most live in California

Brandon LaFell

513,312 people in the U.S. have the name Brandon; most live in Utah

Some fans have taken it a step further with their football frenzy:

Touchdown

1 person in Ohio has this name

Tackle

7 people have this first name; most in Tennessee

9 people share this last name

Pass

38 people have this as a first name; 4 in Washington

5,525 people have this as a last name, 106 in Washington

Score

6 people have this name; North Dakota has the most as a first name

639 share this last name; 25 in Washington

Want to see how your name stacks up against the competition? Visit names.whitepages.com.

50 Cent’s New Look

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For the official launch of the WhitePages Names product, we took a lighthearted look at some of the names behind the most “followed” celebrities on Twitter.  For example, we found that Jimmy Fallon’s first name (James, a form of Jacob) means “heel grabber” and that while 50 Cent’s real first name, Curtis, can be a nickname for someone who is “courteous”, it is also Middle English for curt “short” and hose “leggings” or “short leggings”.  We also found Al Gore’s full name to be quite intriguing – his  first name means “noble, bright, and famous” and his last name means “a triangular piece of land”.

As you can imagine, the name meanings that we uncovered sparked many internal debates on visual interpretation, a topic I am truly passionate about.  While I focus primarily on graphic design here at WhitePages, I am an illustrator at heart and therefore, jumped at the chance to take the WhitePages Names functionality to another level.  I am pleased to present 50 Cent’s newest fashion statement, just before his new album Before I Self Destruct drops.

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