Week 12 – Popular

It’s been almost two years since I found the time to write here. Well, it really isn’t about time; it’s inclination to write something. I have been doing the research, working hard at my job, and keeping up with some hobbies.

The impetus for writing this was “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” which is now in it’s third year. My plan will be to complete some of the weeks I missed but now I have three prompts to choose from.

So for week 12 which I skipped over, my options are:

  • Week 12 (Mar. 19-25, 2018): Misfortune
  • Week 12 (Mar. 18-24, 2019): 12
  • Week 12 (Mar. 18-24, 2020): Popular

So my thought is to figure out the most popular name in my family tree which currently has about 5000 names. How might I do that? I synced my tree with Family Tree Maker and put the names in alphabetical order by first name. I started to list any name that had 10 or more hits but it didn’t take too long to figure out that was way too many names so I changed it to 20 or more.

There are:

  • 24 Albert, 1 Alberta, 2 Albertus, & 6 Bert
  • 27 Alice
  • 32 Ann, Anne, Annie, or Anna
  • 25 Bertha
  • 32 Carol, Carolyn or Caroline, or Carrie
  • 23 Catherine or Cathy
  • 58 Charles or Charlie
  • 37 David
  • 29 Donald
  • 22 Doris
  • 26 Dorothy
  • 20 Earl
  • 31 Edward
  • 55 Eliza or Elizabeth
  • 26 Ella
  • 24 Florence
  • 21 Frances
  • 52 Francis, Francois, or Frank
  • 39 Fred or Frederick
  • 83 George
  • 20 Grace
  • 30 Hannah
  • 40 Harold or Harry
  • 32 Helen
  • 38 Henry
  • 85 James
  • 23 Jane
  • 24 Jennie
  • 148 John
  • 62 Joseph
  • 25 Katherine or Kate
  • 21 Kenneth
  • 22 Lewis or Louis
  • 25 Lucy
  • 47 Margaret & 3 Peggy
  • 133 Mary (even more if I count Marie)
  • 21 Mildred
  • 25 Paul
  • 24 Raymond
  • 35 Richard
  • 73 Robert
  • 20 Ruth
  • 42 Sarah
  • 34 Susan, Susanna, Susie
  • 44 Thomas
  • 20 Walter
  • 117 William

And the winner is!: John with 148, followed closely by Mary with 133 and William with 117.

 

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