November 17, 2007

Uncommon

Only one of the last names from my five* grandparents even cracks the list of the top 5000 most common in the US, and even that one isn't in the top 1000. Makes some sense, I guess, given that my ethnic group is only something like 3% of the population, but it's still a little surprising how uncommon the names in my family are.

Although, actually, given this:
Altogether, the census found six million surnames in the United States. Among those, 151,000 were shared by a hundred or more Americans. Four million were held by only one person.

It sort of looks like a top 5000 list is going to be pretty limited, since there are so many names.

*Four by birth, one by adoption.

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8 comments:

On 11/18/2007 12:00 PM, Blogger Dweeze said:

Number 186, baby! Whoo hooo!!!

 
On 11/18/2007 12:00 PM, Blogger Dweeze said:

Number 186, baby! Whoo hooo!!!

 
On 11/18/2007 12:00 PM, Blogger Dweeze said:

Number 186, baby! Whoo hooo!!!

 
On 11/18/2007 12:01 PM, Blogger Dweeze said:

Triple post, baby! Whoo Hoo!!

 
On 11/18/2007 3:27 PM, Blogger Jolene said:

Get a little over-excited there, Dweeze? :)

 
On 11/18/2007 7:23 PM, Blogger Dweeze said:

I swear baby, this has never happened to me before.

 
On 11/20/2007 5:10 PM, Blogger whispers said:

Well, all my Mom's side of the family has to say is:

WE'RE NUMBER 1!

Between my birthday and my mother's maiden number, ordinary security measures are often pathetically easy to break. ("OK, let's start at at the beginning of the year and with the most common name in the country. What, we're done already???")

 
On 11/21/2007 2:29 AM, Blogger Jolene said:

*takes notes so she can later wish whispers happy birthday and steal his identity*

 

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