Saturday, March 21, 2009

How Many Mes?
LogoThere are
people with my name in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Lots of me! I actually met another Jennifer Casey face-to-face shortly after I was married and it was a very strange experience.

Although there would be fewer of me if I had kept my maiden name:
LogoThere are
people with my name in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

1.4 million Jennifers in the USA. Most of them right about my age, I'm guessing. This is why I got used to just not responding to my name when hearing someone shout it out--probably not me.

Hmmm....Brendan is much more unique--only 7 of him. There are 123 other Ryans, 73 other Seans, and only 15 Morgans. How interesting (to the likes of me!).

Via John and Ansley


Kristi said...

Thanks for sharing! There is only 1 of me with my first & last name (married.) If I had stuck with my maiden name then there would be 46 of us.

C. August said...

I can't believe that there are that few Brendans. He's about as Irish sounding as it's possible to be. If you had an O' or Mc, it would be the icing on the Irish cake.

With the uniqueness of my last name -- there are just over 300 of us in the US, if that -- everyone in my family is in the "only 1 or none" category. I hope I exist based on this.

Ardsgaine said...

It says there's only one of me, but there are actually two, since I'm a junior. I suppose it was unable to differentiate us.

Jennifer B said...

This is exactly why I only use my initial! There are 10 Jennifers with the same first and last name. Very interesting!

Anthony said...

I once was scheduled in court on the same day and in the same courtroom as someone with the exact same first and last name, middle initial, and suffix (Jr.).

Fortunately, we had different birthdates (and addresses, though the judge cared more about the birthdates) so the matter eventually got sorted out (the other guy never showed up, though). It's probably the strangest coincidence I ever experienced.

By the way, according to the site you gave, there are 2 people in the U.S. with my name. That's not accurate, but it does give a sense of how strange of a coincidence that was.

By the way, I'm pretty sure I figured out what the site is doing, and why it's inaccurate. It is taking the percentage of the population with your first name, multiplying by the percentage of the population with your last name, multiplying by the population of the US, then rounding. That doesn't work, of course, because certain first names are more likely with certain last names.

Anthony said...

"There are 24 people in the U.S. named Christian Christian." Yeah right.

"Without getting too technical, the program makes the assumption that a person's first and last names are independent of one another. What this means is it assumes that the probability of a person having a particular first name is the same no matter what last name they have. It isn't." Cool, I was right.

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

There's only One of Me in the United States. Oy, I am lonely.

Theres fewer than 1530 people with the first name Elisheva, but the answer is not precise because it is an unusual name. There are 16,740 people in the US with the last name Levin. The results for my maiden name are even more unique--in that there are only 640 people with that last name; the results for my first name and maiden last name is still one!

I always knew I was unique!

Ardsgaine said...

There are some combinations that you would think would be right out, but surprisingly, no. For example, I have personally known, or knew of, women with the names, Edith Head (named after the costume designer, no doubt), Edith Peters, and Toy Cox.

I can understand the first two--sort of. They were in my generation, and their parents probably had no clue. The last one, though, is a 20-something. Her parents had to know. Maybe they wanted her to grow up to be a Bond girl. I dunno. She's a friend of my niece, and I haven't met her in person yet. I hope I never do, because I know I won't be able to keep from laughing like a 13 yr old.

As unlikely as that combination of names should be, How Many of Me says there are, not one, but two in the US. Sad, sad, sad.

Crimson Wife said...

It's rather out of date since it uses the 1990 census. My DS' name had a popularity in the low 300's in 1990 according to the Social Security Administration list but today it's up in the 70's. My oldest DD's name was in the 70's in 1990 but today is in the mid 200's. My youngest DD's name was in the high 500's in 1990 but today it's in the high 800's. Because of these changes in popularity, the algorithm is going to overestimate the number of people sharing my girls' names and underestimate the number sharing my boy's.