Practical Living: Playing the Name Game
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If you're intrigued by names and especially wonder how many folks share your same first and last name in the United States -- or in Pennsylvania -- check out a new White Pages site, names.whitepages.com.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is truly unique, as is Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, as they are the only ones in the United States bearing their names, at least according to the site that's based on phone book listings.
Penguins player Sidney Crosby, on the other hand, `has a name twin in Bay Springs, Miss., and Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato's name twin lives in Modesto, Calif.
Actor Brad Pitt not only can be found in California, but there are two in Utah, two in Virginia, one in Illinois and one in Hawaii. And fans of President George Bush can find 142 twins scattered across the country, with Florida hosting the most (17) and Pennsylvania sporting 10.
You can also find out the most popular names in each state. For Pennsylvania (because most families are listed under a man's name) the most popular first names are John, Robert, James, William, Michael, David, Joseph, Richard, Thomas and Charles. And for last names, they're Smith, Miller, Brown, Williams, Johnson, Jones, Martin, Davis, Thomas and Snyder.
-- Virginia Linn, Post-Gazette lifestyle editor
First Published May 22, 2007 8:21 pm