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This Website Tells You How Many People in the US Have Your Name

by Eben Diskin Feb 5, 2020

A question some have undoubtedly asked more than others is: “How many people have my name?” If your name is John Smith, you may have avoided the subject to not feel like a small drop in a vast ocean. If you have a more unique name, however, the question has likely crossed your mind. And now, you can get your answer.

The website How Many of Me is helping people all around the US find their namesakes. The site uses data from the US census to help you look up your first and last name, and find others with matching names. According to the website, there are over 151,671 different last names in the US, and 5,163 different first names in common use. It’s not, however, an exact science. “The program returns an estimate based on the available date,” the website says. “It should be considered a ‘ballpark figure.’”

And in case you’re one of the lucky thousands actually named John Smith, you can save yourself the search; there are 48,571 of you in the US. There are also 111 Harry Potters, 1,056 James Bonds, 1,680 people with the first name Daenerys, and 47,029 people named Elsa. So if you were thinking of naming your child after your favorite fictional character — you’re not exactly the first.

This articles was last updated on April 7th, 2022.

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