What are the most common names in the Building Automation Industry?

What are the most common names in the Building Automation Industry
A Michael by any other name…

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Another ongoing trend we’ve noticed — at all the conferences we attend, on our customer lists, in the form submissions when someone signs up for a webinar — is a lot of the same first names. We don’t have every Tom, Dick, and Harry in our database, but it does feel like we have every Tim, David, and Michael. 

We decided to take a closer look at just how common these first names were. Are there lots of Scotts, dozens of Daniels, or hundreds of Hanks? We exported our list of first names in our database, processed the numbers, and came up with a list of names with 10+ instances, in order of frequency. 

Interestingly, there were only three feminine names on this list — Patty, Lisa, and Susan — although there were several unisex names and nicknames which might have included some women.

Top 25 names in the building automation industry

If we combine nicknames and similar names, the results turn out a bit differently. 

The top 25 names in the building automation industry, combined nicknames

Did your name make the cut, or take the cake? Check out our full list below: 

  1. John Top name in the building automation industry

  2. David Second top name in the building automation industry

  3. Michael Third top name in the building automation industry

  4. Chris

  5. Mike – If Mike and Michael were combined, they would have been the winner

  6. Scott

  7. Mark – Mark with a “k” easily beat the alternative spelling, Marc, which came in at #101

  8. Brian

  9. Robert

  10. Jason

  11. Paul

  12. Kevin

  13. James

  14. Eric

  15. Steve

  16. Jeff 

  17. Tom

  18. Andrew

  19. Joe

  20. Ryan

  21. Richard

  22. Dan

  23. Daniel – Amazing that these two came in so close to each other. Combined, with Danny, they would be ranked #7

  24. Alex – This is our first “possible, maybe there could be a female in there” name on the list

  25. Jim

  26. Bob – Complementing Robert at #9 and beating out its shortening rival, Rob (#47)

  27. Tim

  28. Matt – Just edging out Matthew by two places

  29. Peter

  30. Matthew

  31. Greg

  32. Adam

  33. Bill – Again, coming in very close to William

  34. William

  35. Thomas – Not giving much competition to Tom at #17

  36. Stephen – Falling behind Steve at #15, but still beating Steven with a “v” (#41)

  37. Justin

  38. Charles

  39. Dave – There’s a bit of a gap between David at #2 and the shortened Dave

  40. Gary

  41. Steven – Coming up last in the Steve/Stephen/Steven category

  42. Patrick – Interestingly, Pat didn’t even make the list

  43. George

  44. Ken

  45. Rick

  46. Christopher – If combined with Chris (#4) and Christian (#112) these names would have come in fifth place

  47. Rob – Way behind Robert at #9, and Bob at #26

  48. Tony

  49. Andy

  50. Frank

  51. Aaron

  52. Ron

  53. Jonathan

  54. Kyle

  55. Wayne

  56. Brad

  57. Todd

  58. Ben

  59. Derek

  60. Jeremy

  61. Joseph

  62. Craig

  63. Sean

  64. Erik – A generous gap between Erik with a “k” and Eric with a “c” at #14

  65. Bruce

  66. Ed

  67. Martin

  68. Chad

  69. Jerry

  70. Keith

  71. Doug

  72. Brandon

  73. Shawn – Only 10 places separating Shawn here, and Sean at #63

  74. Travis

  75. Josh

  76. Anthony

  77. Ted

  78. Timothy

  79. Bryan – Really falling behind rival spelling Brian, coming in at #8

  80. Sam

  81. Jack

  82. Ian

  83. Nick

  84. Nathan

  85. Alan

  86. Patty – Our first confirmed woman’s name on the list, coming in at #86

  87. Brent

  88. Darren

  89. Simon

  90. Randy

  91. Dennis

  92. Danny – A fair bit below Dan and Daniel above!

  93. Lee 

  94. Gregory

  95. Larry

  96. Jon

  97. Adrian

  98. Joshua 

  99. Don

  100. Jeffrey – Falling far below the shortened Jeff, which was #16

  101. Marc

  102. Trevor

  103. Victor

  104. Roger

  105. Nicholas

  106. Carlos

  107. Terry 

  108. Brett

  109. Ray

  110. Jay

  111. Tyler

  112. Christian

  113. Colin

  114. Chuck

  115. Henry

  116. Lawrence

  117. Russell

  118. Edward

  119. Phil

  120. Corey

  121. Jacob

  122. Will

  123. Lisa 

  124. Jamie

  125. Dean

  126. Guy

  127. Vincent

  128. Jorge

  129. Donald

  130. Curtis

  131. Joel

  132. Barry

  133. Susan

  134. Jose

  135. Carl

  136. Roy

  137. Cody

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