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Posers and Puzzles

  1. 03 Jul '03 22:24
    What do you think is the most commonly written first name used in the english language?
  2. Donation ChessNut
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    03 Jul '03 22:40
    John ?
  3. 03 Jul '03 23:02
    Any evidence to support ?
  4. Donation ChessNut
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    03 Jul '03 23:11
    Originally posted by Jay Peatea
    Any evidence to support ?
    I thought YOU knew the answer...
  5. Donation ChessNut
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    03 Jul '03 23:12
    Originally posted by Jay Peatea
    Any evidence to support ?
    I grew up with 3.
  6. 04 Jul '03 18:01
    Originally posted by Jay Peatea
    Any evidence to support ?
    I don't know about books, but assuming the text on the internet is a representative sample:

    A google search for John gets 77,500,000 hits
    the next best I could find was David - 47,400,000 hits

    "Mark", which is a normal word as well, does surprisingly badly - only 39,700,000 hits

    Strangely, women's names are not as common as mens names on the internet

    I am assuming you mean a common first name - I bet there is someone called "The" or "And" in Britain!
  7. 04 Jul '03 20:47
    Originally posted by iamatiger
    I don't know about books, but assuming the text on the internet is a representative sample:

    A google search for John gets 77,500,000 hits
    the next best I could find was David - 47,400,000 hits

    "Mark", which is a normal word as well, does surprisingly badly - only 39,700,000 hits

    Strangely, women's names are not as common as mens names on the ...[text shortened]... ming you mean a common first name - I bet there is someone called "The" or "And" in Britain!
    Yes you are right I do mean common first names. Actually the more I think about it the more I am not completely sure that my idea is right . Anyway one of the names that I was thinking of had 240,000,000 hits on google. I've also conservatively estimated that this name will be used 246,000,000 this year outside the internet in the UK alone although the figure could be much more. Also it was a female name. Anybody else got some ideas ?
  8. 04 Jul '03 21:33
    Originally posted by Jay Peatea
    Yes you are right I do mean common first names. Actually the more I think about it the more I am not completely sure that my idea is right . Anyway one of the names that I was thinking of had 240,000,000 hits on google. I've also conservatively estimated that this name will be used 246,000,000 this year outside the internet in the UK alone although the figure could be much more. Also it was a female name. Anybody else got some ideas ?
    My clever wife suggested "May"
  9. 04 Jul '03 21:57
    Originally posted by iamatiger
    My clever wife suggested "May"
    Smart wife you got there I was thinking along the lines of April, May, or June

    According to the Royal mail website, 82 million pieces of post are delivered in the UK each day assuming that 10% of them would have the month written on them in full then 8.2 m X 30 days = 246,000,000.

    But May should be the top as it is also an everyday word
  10. 04 Jul '03 22:02 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Jay Peatea
    Yes you are right I do mean common first names. Actually the more I think about it the more I am not completely sure that my idea is right . Anyway one of the names that I was thinking of had 240,000,000 hits on google. I've also conser ...[text shortened]... more. Also it was a female name. Anybody else got some ideas ?
    That can't be right, that would mean that 1/24 of the whole world is named like that....

    Olav
  11. Standard member genius
    Wayward Soul
    05 Jul '03 15:23
    Originally posted by iamatiger
    I don't know about books, but assuming the text on the internet is a representative sample:

    A google search for John gets 77,500,000 hits
    the next best I could find was David - 47,400,000 hits

    "Mark", which is a normal word as well, does surprisingly badly - only 39,700,000 hits

    Strangely, women's names are not as common as mens names on the ...[text shortened]... ming you mean a common first name - I bet there is someone called "The" or "And" in Britain!
    anyone know any weird names? for instance, i heard of someone who changed their name to "H560 HSG". they said it was cheaper than getting a personalised number plate...i'm not too sure if this was a joke or not, but...yeah...
  12. Donation ChessNut
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    05 Jul '03 18:20
    According to the US Social Security Office, the most popular names in the 1990's were Michael for males and Ashley for Females.
  13. Donation astevenson
    i wish i was BOB!!!!
    07 Jul '03 18:36
    im called ashley, and im a guy.
  14. Donation ChessNut
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    09 Jul '03 16:05
    Originally posted by astevenson
    im called ashley, and im a guy.
    Ashley for guys was on the list too I believe, just a bit farther down.
  15. Standard member Alcra
    Lazy Sod
    06 Jan '05 15:44
    what are common Chinese names?