The other day Sean sent me a link to howmanyofme [dot] com, along with the stats for his full name which indicate that there are 222 other people in the U.S. with his same name.
The results for moi?
Apparently there are 1,421,191 people in the U.S with the first name Jennifer (21st most popular first name) and 671 people in the U.S. with the last name Amber (38,739th most popular last name).
I am not surprised about Jennifer — it was a very popular name when I was a kid and in every first day of class all the Jennifers would have to divy up the nicknames so the teacher could tell us apart: Jennifer. Jen. Jenny. Jenn-with-two-n’s. Lord help us if there were more than three or four of us in one classroom at the same time!
True story: When I was especially young, I was a Jenny. Then one day I decided I didn’t want to be a Jenny anymore. This was right around the time I stopped liking the color pink and starting “having an attitude,” if you ask my Mom. 😉 I’ve been a Jen ever since… and to this day very few people can get away with calling me Jenny… My parents, although they rarely do. My sister, and by association her fiance, Jason, because I like him well enough to let him get away with it. My grandmother. Heidi. Everyone else? It’s Jen, please, or Jennifer. But I digress…
So back to me and my name. There are apparently 3 – three! – people in the U.S. named Jennifer Amber. One of them turned up in a Google search: a tiny, leggy blonde model from L.A. Disclaimer: This girl is definitely NOT ME. I’m a short-legged brunette from Southern Maryland who will NEVER be a size 0. I’m not putting you on people, this is just how life is.
Since “Amber” is not a common last name, I decided to check out the stats for the rest of my family members. I typed in my sister and mother’s names, and the site said that there are “1 or fewer” people in the U.S. with their names. My question is: One or FEWER? As in, zero? Why not just say, “There might be one, we’re just not sure! Maybe there WAS one, and she died… or maybe she hasn’t been born yet! Or maybe we just make up numbers based on the number of jellybeans we can successfully catch – in a row – by tossing them up in the air and catching them with our mouths.”
As a result of one statistician having VERY GOOD hand-eye coordination, there are 11 other individuals with the same name as my Dad running around. Using this research, I have deduced that my Dad has plenty of back-ups, but with only three other me’s I am a limited edition!!! Unfortunately, it is questionable as to whether or not my Mom and sister actually exist. I’d better give them a call, huh? *grin*