Sunday, August 31, 2008

I Am Unique

Randy at Genea-Musings always seems to find the quirky, yet interesting, things that make up the online world. Recently he found How Many Of Me, a site that deals with names. You can search:

-- Your name: The first suggestion is right in the site name. How many people have your name?

-- Relatives: Search through your family tree. Search the names of your parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, or anyone else related to you.

-- Nicknames: Does your name not have many (or any) results? If you're using a shortened form of your name (like Will, or Bill), you may get fewer results than you expect. Try using your full name (such as William).

-- Baby Names: Is little Junior on the way and you want to make sure he (or she) isn't stuck with the same name as 5 other kids when he gets to preschool? Try the names out here, see how many results you get.

-- Famous people: We've got an extensive list, try movie stars, sports heroes, political, scientific, or historic figures. We've got some of each in there.

So I put my name (my real name - not footnoteMaven) in the search engine and found out how truly unique I am:

-- There are fewer than 1,525 people in the U.S. with my first name.
-- There are 189,128 people in the U.S. with my last name.
-- Statistically the 150th most popular last name.

There are one or fewer people with my exact name.
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or fewer people with my name in the U.S.A.

An interesting diversion as I am migrating from one computer to another this week, adding new software and equipment.

My real name?
The clues are everywhere!



Blogger Donna said...


I am unique, too. But I had to laugh...apparently there are "fewer than 336" with my surname. At last count, there were actually 8 of us, not counting my ex-sister-in-law who re-married and my aunt who gave up the name when she married in the 1963. LOL


September 3, 2008 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger Family Curator said...

Oh fM, you have done it again. Another Wordle-type distraction.... There are 1 or fewer people with my name in the USA; but 161 people with my MAIDEN name in the USA. Maybe it was a good thing I married Mr. Curator.

September 3, 2008 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Donner & Mrs. Curator:

There was never a doubt the two of you were unique, but WOW! the numbers really prove it.


P.S. I am all about the distractions.

September 3, 2008 at 4:16 PM  
Blogger Terry Thornton said...

Yep! You sure are unique! But it would have been more fun to learn how many other footnoteMavens are about --- or if more than one, are they called feetnoteMavens?


September 4, 2008 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Steve Danko said...

The phrase "1 or fewer" presents an interesting conundrum. If there were fewer than one person with your name, would that mean that not even you have your own name?

September 10, 2008 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Oh no, Steve! Does this mean I don't exist?


September 10, 2008 at 11:47 AM  

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