At Optigo, we love learning about industry trends: artificial Intelligence and machine learning, data tagging, the push towards personalization in our buildings…
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.
If we combine nicknames and similar names, the results turn out a bit differently.
Did your name make the cut, or take the cake? Check out our full list below:
Mike – If Mike and Michael were combined, they would have been the winner
Mark – Mark with a “k” easily beat the alternative spelling, Marc, which came in at #101
Daniel – Amazing that these two came in so close to each other. Combined, with Danny, they would be ranked #7
Alex – This is our first “possible, maybe there could be a female in there” name on the list
Bob – Complementing Robert at #9 and beating out its shortening rival, Rob (#47)
Matt – Just edging out Matthew by two places
Bill – Again, coming in very close to William
Thomas – Not giving much competition to Tom at #17
Stephen – Falling behind Steve at #15, but still beating Steven with a “v” (#41)
Dave – There’s a bit of a gap between David at #2 and the shortened Dave
Steven – Coming up last in the Steve/Stephen/Steven category
Patrick – Interestingly, Pat didn’t even make the list
Christopher – If combined with Chris (#4) and Christian (#112) these names would have come in fifth place
Rob – Way behind Robert at #9, and Bob at #26
Erik – A generous gap between Erik with a “k” and Eric with a “c” at #14
Shawn – Only 10 places separating Shawn here, and Sean at #63
Bryan – Really falling behind rival spelling Brian, coming in at #8
Patty – Our first confirmed woman’s name on the list, coming in at #86
Danny – A fair bit below Dan and Daniel above!
Jeffrey – Falling far below the shortened Jeff, which was #16