Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Shocking!!!!

First and foremost let me just comment on this travesty.

100 names and mine doesn't even make the list. Look at some of that shit! In eighteen years there are going to be more people named Liam, Xavier and Caden (where the FUCK did that come from!?!?)

I mean holy shit people. Who is naming all these babies!?

Now incredulity aside I am more than displeased that Lucas is 22 on the boys list and Natalie is 31 on the girls (no Alex but several suffixed variations) and Neither Wade nor Seth on either.

At least Wade and I can be unpopular together. Guess what, random tutorials later on!!!

For now let us delve a little deeper into name popularity. Surely we can draw some inference from the distribution of common names not just of infants but of people in the world at large. For this endeavor we begin with the inevitable springboard just before we land in the pool of kuh-nawlege.

Being a good sport I fingered my keyboard in a less than random fashion to arrive at THIS PLACE. I base the rest of my post on the accuracy of that site though I cannot speak to it. The results for significant people in my life.

seth is the #292 most common male name.
0.048% of men in the US are named seth.
Around 58800 US men are named seth!

(Almost no females named Seth)

natalie is the #216 most common female name.
0.098% of females in the US are named natalie.
Around 124950 US females are named natalie!

(Almost no males named Natalie)

It's already interesting to note that Natalie is nearly twice as popular by percentile and more than twice as popular by number. Let's continue.

Alex is the #2660 most common female name.
0.002% of females in the US are named Alex.
Around 2550 US females are named Alex!

Vindication! A mere 2500 females to share a name with. I wish I knew enough about social interaction, actual name distribution and the actual course of the midget's life to calculate the odds of her meeting another female named Alex. Seth is a pretty rare name but I have met a few guys in my day.

Seth Gunn the psycho from camp.
Seth the dork from Wingate
Seth the son of a classmate at New Horizons

And...a couple celebrities but I don't know any of them in person.

Let's continue with the rest of my immediate family.

Lucas is the #381 most common male name.
0.031% of men in the US are named Lucas.
Around 37975 US men are named Lucas!

It's on the list though so it must be rising in popularity.

Wade is the #300 most common male name.
0.045% of men in the US are named wade.
Around 55125 US men are named wade!

Vincent is the #116 most common male name.
0.168% of men in the US are named vincent.
Around 205800 US men are named vincent!

Eileen is the #205 most common female name.
0.105% of females in the US are named Eileen.
Around 133875 US females are named Eileen!

So Dad's the most common and Alex is the most rare. I wonder how some of Nat's family fares on the list...

Arthur is the #48 most common male name.
0.335% of men in the US are named arthur.
Around 410375 US men are named arthur!

Sabrina is the #312 most common female name.
0.057% of females in the US are named sabrina.
Around 72675 US females are named sabrina!
(Around 98 US teenage witches are named sabrina!)

Courtney is the #245 most common female name.
0.086% of females in the US are named Courtney.
Around 109650 US females are named Courtney!

and Interestingly enough...

Courtney is the #488 most common male name.
0.019% of men in the US are named Courtney.
Around 23275 US men are named Courtney!

Courtney and Alex were the only names that yielded both Male and Female responses.

As far as last names are concerned (replaced by X's for info hygiene)

(Artie, Sabrina and Courtney's xxxxxx) is the #62 most common last name.

My XXXXXXX didn't even rank.

Natalie's XXXXX was #4 on the list. 4!!!

As to the relevance of all this...who knows and who cares. I checked most of my fictional character names and suffice to say there are no steelcraft's in the USA, maynard was less popular than my name by far, ander and enara didn't make the cut (neither did the more exotic basque names) but its all good in the hood.

There's nothing to be ashamed of if you got a common name. Still it's nice to know that odds of anyone sharing my name out in the wide world are extremely improbable.

2 comments:

Edward Ott said...

It is a bummer, the name thing is so wierd. no one names thier kid Atilla,Judas or Pontias anymore.

Matthew said...

Try having our name... we are 4000 strong :-)