Whats up with Michael

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  1. lexus macrumors 68000

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    How come in most TV shows at the moment the main character is named Michael?

    Just a few which come to mind:

    Michael Scofield - Prison Break
    Michael - Lost (Seasons 1 & 2)
    Michael Scott - The Office

    Seriously it is pretty scary.
     
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    "Michael" is always high on the official list of most common names in the U.S. I know people with all of those common names, except for "Ethan". I don't think I've ever met somebody named Ethan.
     
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    I thought this thread was about another person named Michael.:rolleyes:

    Some names you never hear about, Betsy, Gertrude, Ernie, Victor.
     
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    My parents almost named me Michael. I personally don't care for the name, because of the whole "ae" thing. I mean, what's up with that? :rolleyes:
     
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    Man, according to the SSA, Michael was either #1 or #2 every year from 1954 to 2005. Interestingly, before 1935 it only once cracked the top 40.

    It's really interesting how names come in and out of style. This website has a nice graphical representation:

    http://babynamewizard.com/namevoyager/lnv0105.html

    It also shows how #1 in 1950 was very different from #1 today. For example, with Michael, when it was #1 in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, over 20,000 babies per million were named Michael, or about 4% of boys. Currently, Jacob is the most popular, with over 7,000 per million with that name, or about 1.4% of boys.

    People just use more names these days.
     
  8. emw macrumors G4

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    Hmm. I have a nephew, a second cousin, and a friend's kid all named Ethan. None of their last names is Rom, though.

    My middle name is Michael. Oddly, I like it because of the "ae" thing. That and it's a cool middle name because no one shortens middle names. ;)
     
  9. someguy macrumors 68020

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    George Michael from Arrested Development? Is that you? ;)
     
  10. lexus thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Wow I never new Jacob was such a popular name.
     
  11. ejb190 macrumors 65816

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    Wow! I know two Ernie's, two Victor's (One first name and one last name), and a Betsy. Don't know a Gertrude, though.
     
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    And I've met two people named Betsy and two people named Ernie (one of whom fixed computers for me). So we've proven that there are at least a few people with each name... except for Gertrude.

    That proves scientifically that there are absolutely no people named Gertrude.

    Hmmm....
     
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    My parents almost named me Kathy. It came as quite a surprise when i was born male. then they said, "orange you glad we didn't name you kathy?"
     
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    Wow, I didn't realise that "Ian" was such a popular name over the past few decades. I rarely meet another Ian.

    I'm also checking boys names that I've only noticed since moving to Australia (eg: Dean, Dane), and yes, they're ranked quite low in America.


    EDIT: Just checked the name "Sydney", which I'd be willing to name a boy or a girl, but I didn't realise that it was such a popular name. In 2005, it was the 30th most popular name for girls. :confused:
     
  15. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    But I like that show with John Smith.
     
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    You know how people say that "John Smith" is the most common name? I have never met a John Smith.

    I have met a James Smith, though. Blandest name I've come across, and yet I still haven't met John Smith. What's up with that?

    And besides, I'm sure the most common name is going to have a surname of Lee/Li, Wong, or Singh or something.
     
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    Need to start working the front desk of a dive motel on the hooker mile.
     
  18. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601

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    You should read Freakonomics. There's a chapter about how names cycle from being "rich" names to "common" names. (I can't remember what the terms he uses is, but that's the gist). Really good book, that section included.
     
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    A fun read, definitely.
     
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    The Dead Zone?
     
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    Jack is def. a more popular name...

    Jack from Lost
    Jack BAUER from 24
    Jack & Bobby...
    Me :cool:

    And probably countless other shows...
     
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    Hahaha. I am from Redmond too, Sammamish actually. Just off at college now. Great place to live/grow up
     
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    jack and bobby is no longer on the air, probably because it wasn't michael and bobby.
     

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