Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The naming of Scotts is a difficult matter... (updated!)

This site tells me that my first name is the 32nd most popular male name in the United States. There are an estimated 7 gagillion Scotts wandering around. Ok. That's an exaggeration. In the 2005 census there were about 790,000 of us.

That's not as impressive as 7.8 million Jameses or 4.7 million Johns, but Scotts don't have any Biblical figures doing the PR for us, so I think we've done pretty well for ourselves. In fact, almost every name above us has an historical connotation from the Bible (Michael 3.8 million), Royalty (Charles 2.2 million) or the occaisional duck (Donald 1.3 million, though Daffy is strangely absent from the list -- I suspect fowl play). The Garys (948,000), Jose's (894,000) and Scotts keep plugging along at respectable numbers with no publicity like a band that doesn't get any backing from their label and no one will admit to liking, but keeps putting up serious sales numbers anyway.

Basically, we're the Rush of male baby names.

In semi-related news: Just another Scott is now offering his wisdom 140 characters at a time. What a bargain!

UPDATE: After some thought, the name of the account is now @pages2type

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