Band Name Options Running Out!

We’re not only running out of money in NY, we’re running out of band names! The Journal investigates the lack of punchy, original new band names in the age of Google and MySpace. They find that even a super group consisting of Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones and Josh Homme couldn’t get their first choice for a name, Caligula, because it was already taken by at least seven other acts, including a defunct techno outfit from Australia. Instead, they used Them Crooked Vultures, which the Journal points out, “held no special meaning.”Rovi Corp., a licensing company, says they added an average of 6,521 new band names a month to their databases last year; the most commonly used names are Bliss (18 bands), followed by Mirage and One (15 each), and then Gemini, Legacy, Paradox and Rain.At least we can feel assured that there’s no lack ofterrible names.

It’s especially a problem in Brooklyn, where thirteen new bands seem to pop up every day. They point to the story of Discovery, Kathleen Cholewka’s Brooklyn-based band which she started in 2004. Lo and behold, another Discovery started in Brooklyn in 2005, and the two were even mistaken for one another in Time Out New York listings. Her name-rights feud transferred to the battlefields of Wikipedia: “Using the open-access encyclopedia, she made edits to the entry for a more prominent Discovery, formed by members of the successful rock bands Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot. Ms. Cholewka wrote that her band ‘rightfully owns the trademark’ to Discovery, based on her paid gigs in New York clubs. She also added a few jabs about her opponent’s music.” One of them should just change their name to Discovery.Com!

To aid the aspiring indie rocker coming up with an unforgettable name, here are a few easy suggestions: Grizzly Nair, The Pain of Being Kevin Smith’s Armrest, The Saxonphone Uprising, Bathsiderodromophobia, and Taint Misbehavin’. Okay, that last one is more of a freaky porn title, but Pissed Jeans is taken.

Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000

Note: This presentation of data focuses on summarized aggregates of counts of surnames, and does not in any way identify specific individuals.

Tabulations of all surnames occurring 100 or more times in the Census 2000 returns are provided in the files listed below. The first link explains the methodology used for identifying and editing names data. The second link provides an Excel file of the top 1000 surnames. The third link provides zipped Excel and CSV (comma separated) files of the complete list of 151,671 names. The top ten surnames are:

Name Number Of Occurences
Smith 2,376,206
Johnson 1,857,160
Williams 1,534,042
Brown 1,380,145
Jones 1,362,755
Miller 1,127,803
Davis 1,072,335
Garcia 858,289
Rodriguez 804,240
Wilson 783,051

How many of me

There are 322,339,029 people in the United States of America. If everyone in the U.S. lined up single file, the line would stretch around the Earth almost 7 times. That’s a lot of people.

The U.S. Census Bureau statistics tell us that there are at least 151,671 different last names and 5,163 different first names in common use in the United States. Some names are more common than others.

There are in the United States.

46,608 people named John Smith

1,014 people named James Bond,

107 people named Harry Potter

454 people named George Bush

32 people named  Emily Dickinson

(34 people)  Johnny Cash

songs aside there are, statistically speaking, very few boys named Sue.

What about you? How many people share your name? Enter it and find out how many of you there are.