Whitepages New Site – Names! What Does Your Name Mean?

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We want to help you answer that age-old question: what’s in a name? Ever wondered where your name comes from? Ever wondered where it’s going? WhitePages Names is here for you to indulge your curiosity. From the common (there are 3,551,763 Johns in the United States) to the rare (there are 411 people named Jv), we can help you find the information you want, and maybe even have some fun.

My Mother always told me, ‘Be careful what you name something.’ She had this belief that whatever you named a pet, child, etc. it would somehow morph into that personality. I didn’t believe her until I had a pet I named Chaos, which he quickly grew into and that is my earliest remembered moment of when names became important to me.

Names may seem such trivial things to us nowadays. It is what people call you, what your parents had branded you with for the rest of your life, however, it wasn’t always that way. Long ago names had a sense of power to them, they gave you presence. Sometimes considered a badge of honor, Names not only called to you a sense of strength, but even the giving of it to another would have been considered very personal and at times a sign of weakness. When you give someone a name, you are giving them the magnificent gift of personality. So… what does you name mean? Let’s find out, we’ll use my name as an example and you can follow by going to Whitepages Names and putting in your own!

what does Ali mean
First – Simply type your name into the Search Box. I’ve typed in ‘Amanda’.
what does Amanda mean
Here it shows the history of my name, the meaning and also what place it has in the U.S.. I’m the 64th most popular name!
history of Amanda
The next thing it shows is how many hundreds of thousands of people have this name, the state where it is most popular and the height of it’s popularity. Which for me, seems to be 1987.
name popularity
If you scroll further it will show you the other most popular states along with how many people in age groups have that name. In my age group, only 32% of people have my name.
And lastly, if you scroll down after the distribution map, it will not only show you the most popular twitterers with that name, but give you a chance to tweet and/or share on Facebook the information about your name as well as comment on the page!
look up your last name

But what’s more neat is you can also look up the popularity of your Last Name. I’ve never seen any page actually do that and give proper information! I looked up my maiden name and it shows where the name derives from and the assumed meaning. Plus! As of today, my last name has 2840 other people with the same and it also let’s me know that most of them are located in South Dakota.

The information for the names is provided by Whitepages, Social Security Office and Oxford University Press. It gives you the ability to look up others with the same last name as well, in case you are hunting for long lost relatives. Under the place where it shows how many people have the same last name, it gives the option to look up other people with that name as well. So, I tried it with my married name and it brought me to the Whitepages Directory. There I am at the top! (With the wrong address, I moved!)

whitepages last name

This is such a fascinating website! It’s incredibly fun, informative and also helps me look up more information about my maiden name that has eluded me for years. I think about my friend with her baby coming soon and how this would be such a great resource on choosing a name or finding out what the name means before planting the seed of personality within her child. We grow into our names after awhile, I used to hate mine until I found that it really fit me. Can you say that about your name? Did your child grow into their name? I know my sons have. My little one’s name means ‘Praised’ and he sure loves to be commended a lot and my oldest’s name derives from the brother of Moses as a ‘Mountain of Strength’. They may seem like little things when it comes down to it, I have heard many times in my life, “It’s just a name.” But it’s not really. It’s a definition, they have a history and a place. No matter how many people might have it, it is still one of kind because it was a gift from our parents to us as children and from us to ours. Sometimes the smallest things in life impact us the most.

Connect: You can connect with Whitepages on their Facebook Page and/or @Whitepages on Twitter.

 

I received compensation for this promotion. However, all the opinions are my own and I really enjoyed using this service. Who doesn’t love looking up their name! Giveaway is sponsored by Whitepages.com

About 

Amanda is a stay-at-home Mom of two boys, a teen and a tot. She loves to share stories, talk about education, movies, books and coffee. A big supporter of community building and outreach, Amanda shares many activities, entertainment and events in her local area of St. Louis.

Comments

  1. Mine ranks #236. Very cool! :)

  2. Delaware has the most people named Patricia per capita! Cool!

  3. Apparently Oklahoma has the most people named Shana per capita which is funny since I just moved to OK.

  4. eclairre says:

    I learned that my name is a little more male than female; and South Dakota has the most per capita.

    eclairre(at)ymail(dot)com

  5. Mysharona says:

    Mine is a female version of a male name

  6. My name apparently has nothing whatsoever to do with Cinderella. This is news to me, because I’ve got so much housework to do, and my prince turns into a pumpkin at midnight. Wait…that’s not right…oh, whatever. ;-)

  7. Geek Preview! says:

    2 in every 1000 people are named Frank!

    fkerner@Uno.edu

  8. Janet W. says:

    West Virginia has the most people named Janet per capita!
    janet3rdgrade@yahoo.com

  9. Lori Thomas says:

    South Dakota
    has the most people named Lori per capita

    ctymice at gmail dot ocm

  10. jill24295 says:

    Minnesota has the most people named Jill per capita.
    jill24295@yahoo.com

  11. Mami2jcn says:

    Mississippi has the most people per capita named Mary.

    I’m entering on the rafflecopter with my Facebook username (Mary Happymommy).

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  12. susan1215 says:

    Susan 1954 marked the height of its popularity

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

  13. Maegan Morin says:

    I learned that as of Feb 2011 4132 people had my name! Thats really not that many is it?

  14. carlaboo11 says:

    my name is the feminine version of carl

  15. My name was most popular in 1968

  16. Elisabeth says:

    My name is used in the most modern European countries.

  17. There are over 758,000 people named Kimberly as of February 2011.

  18. akronugurl says:

    1984
    marked the height of its popularity

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

  19. Courtney B says:

    wow my name means short nose lol

    vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

  20. Ann Fantom says:

    I learned that Massachusetts has the most people named Ann per capita

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  21. Krystle Smith says:

    Louisiana
    has the most people named Krystle per capita

    krystlekouture at yahoo dot com

  22. Krystle Smith says:

    Louisiana
    has the most people named Krystle per capita

    krystlekouture at yahoo dot com

  23. Mine is 117th in the US for 2011.

  24. I learned that my name hit its mark in 1979, and that it is real popular in Kentucky
    melisa0072 at gmail dot com

  25. Michelle says:

    My name is Michelle. It ranks 32nd in the U.S. for 2011, and 1969 marked the height of its popularity. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  26. 1970 was the height of popularity for my name, and of the women named Dawn 83% of them are now between the ages of 30-54. I fall in that range. Interesting!!

  27. My name is Joy and 497,691 have the same name.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  28. My name peaked popularity in 1983 and is 94

  29. Rebecca Graham says:

    I entered my full name and it said 0 people had that name.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

  30. Sally - Susan Franklin says:

    Susan
    Millions of people in the U.S have this name

  31. sandra -

    Short form of Alessandra, the Italian form of Alexandra

  32. sandra-
    Short form of Alessandra, the Italian form of Alexandra

  33. nessa101 says:

    there is 3290 people named vanessa in the state i live in thats crazy

  34. nessa101 says:

    3290 people in the state of tennessee were i live have the name vanessa

  35. Sally - Susan Franklin says:

    FunSlurp Foldable Cardboard Birdhouse Review
    I think this is a great idea,

  36. Alex Liz R. says:

    The state of conneticut has the most people with my first name.

    arobinson45 (at) woh.rr.com

  37. sweepmom says:

    The height of my names popularity was 1962.

  38. I learned that my name was derived from an epithet applied to the goddess Artemis.

  39. 25,753 have the name Ariel in the US.

  40. ape2016 says:

    I learned their are only 432 people in the US with my last name- Yedinak.
    april yedinak

  41. ape2016 says:

    I learned their are only 432 people in the US with my last name- Yedinak.
    april yedinak

  42. New Hampshire has the most people named Karen per capita.

    renfie.fields(at)gmail.com

  43. Anne N. says:

    Massachusetts has the most people with my name.

  44. Kelly N. says:

    Originally an Anglicized form of the ancient Irish male name Ceallach. It is now very widely used in the English-speaking world, mainly as a girl’s name. This is a transferred use of the surname Ó Ceallaigh ‘descendant of Ceallach’.

    browsing the site by my first letter was a nightmare…use search!!

    Kelly

    Originally an Anglicized form of the ancient Irish male name Ceallach. It is now very widely used in the English-speaking world, mainly as a girl’s name. This is a transferred use of the surname Ó Ceallaigh ‘descendant of Ceallach’.

  45. sksweeps says:

    New Hampshire has the most people named Suzanne per capita!

    sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

  46. a version of my name was in classical mythology by the wife of king latinus!

    annae07 at aol dot com

  47. Lorri S says:

    Montana has the most people named Lorri

  48. 1958 marked the height of my name’s popularity.

  49. used in the most modern European countries

  50. Teh Doll says:

    339,365 have the same name as me..

    dollhousecreation(at)gmail(dot)com

  51. the Greek island of Thēra

    Theresa

  52. the Greek island of Thēra
    Theresa

  53. loni broesch says:

    My name was 2,849th in the U.S. for 2011

    trippyjanet at gmail dot com

  54. Loved the site! It was so cool learning all about my name. There are 298,601 people with my name right now. thank you!
    crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

  55. South Dakotahas the most people named Stacy per capita

  56. my name is 1,815th in the U.S. for 2011

  57. Holly S. says:

    Holly: The name was first used at the beginning of the 20th century, and has been particularly popular since the 1990s.

  58. Mary Calabrese says:

    Vermont has the most people with my nick-name!

    ighmeg at yahoo dot com

  59. Ronalee says:

    There are only 204 people with my name, as of 2011.

    ronaleeduncan{at}aol{dot}com

  60. Jason Crooks says:

    My first name, Jason, ranked 40th in popularity for first names in the US in 2011

  61. Kathy Thomas says:

    1958 marked the height of my name’s popularity …. the exact year I was born!

  62. Cheri Dougherty says:

    My name is ranked 778th in the U.S., that is pretty cool!

  63. over 49,000 people in the us have my last name :(

  64. Janna @ Feed Your Pig says:

    1979 is the height of my name!
    thanks for a great contest! Janna Johnson jannajanna@hotmail.com janna@feedyourpig on GFC

  65. I learned it was most popular in 1910!
    hungrymonkey09 at gmail dot com

  66. Most of the Selenes in the USA have last names that sound of Spanish origin. But I’m German.

  67. I learned that it is the masculine form of Amandus.
    magickalblessings26{at}gmail.com

  68. Kristy Thiel says:

    I’ve learned that Utah has the most Kristy’s!

  69. Allison Downes says:

    I Learned these cool facts about my name:

    Respelling of Alison. This is the more common form of the name in the United States.

    325th in the U.S. for 2011

    Tens of Thousands of people in the U.S have this name

  70. Maria Ivey says:

    California has the most people named Maria per capita.

  71. utah has the most with my name

  72. ♡♥♬ Louis ♬♥♡ says:

    Louis I (778–840) was the son of Charlemagne, who ruled as both King of France and Holy Roman Emperor.

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  73. Melissa B. says:

    Kentucky has the most people per capita with my name! Totally interesting. All of this is interesting.

  74. Peace Love and Pets says:

    49,837 people have my name in the US as of February 2011 (Nadine)

  75. Denise S. says:

    (French) feminine form of Denis, widely used in the English-speaking world since the 1920s.

  76. Nicole C. says:

    1983 marked the height of my names popularity.

    choateorama(at)gmail(dot)com

  77. Most Susans live in California, I was born there.
    Susan Chester

  78. Super Blogger Girl! says:

    my name is celtic in origin

    jennifer.lleras@gmail.com

  79. marcia goss says:

    Iowa has the most people per capita with the name Marcia.
    marcia.goss@gmail.com

  80. patricia skinner
    Millions of people have the name Patricia in the US. 1,577,943 to be exact as of Feb 2011.
    dawns_horizen@yahoo.com

  81. 236,000 people in the US have my name and the peak of popularity was 1980 which was 11 years after I was born!
    April V.

  82. My name is the 23rd most popular in the US for 2011. Thanks.

  83. smilekisses says:

    Only 28 people have my last name and 4 of them are in my state.
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

  84. Ashley turicik says:

    Wow my name was originally a male name. Lol :)

  85. camp3369 says:

    My name means angel
    annette3369@yahoo.com

  86. West Virginia has the most people named Missy

  87. Wisconsin has the most people named Carrie per capita.

  88. Rebecca O says:

    my name (rebecca) was at the peek of it’s popularity in 1974…i wasn’t born until 12 years latter!! bekki1820cb at gmail dot com

  89. i learned 139,410 other people in the USA share my name

  90. Erica Barnes says:

    My name is the Latin word for ‘heather’

  91. Tara- It has been used as a girl’s name in America since the 1940s, probably as a result of the success of the film Gone with the Wind (1939), in which the estate of this name has great emotional significance.
    mizztuts AT bellsouth DOT net

  92. My name was most popular in 1979 and is most prevalent in Washington DC. Whaaaaaaaaaaat?

  93. There are 8,086 people in USA (as of February 2011) who has the same name as I

  94. Brittany @ The Pistachio Project says:

    Kentucky has the most Brittanys.

  95. Erica C. says:

    My name reached its popularity in 1986…a year after I received it!
    ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

  96. Leenburke says:

    My name is 309th in the US for 2011

  97. Anonymous says:

    my name ranks 941

    lowville04@yahoo.com

  98. 429 people in the U.S. have my name

  99. shirley H says:

    mine was given by Charlotte Brontë to the heroine of her novel Shirley (1849). According to the novel, her parents had selected the name in prospect of a male child and used it regardless

    cpsnsamples@aol.com

  100. My name means “bee” in Hebrew.

  101. 60 peopla in the usa have my name – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  102. Angela Cisco says:

    There is 10 other people in the U.S with my name

  103. Patty White says:

    There are 204 people with my name!

  104. Marti Parks says:

    My name was most popular one year before I was born. My Mom must have been a little behind the times. lol

  105. 07violet says:

    it was at the height of its popularity in 1976

    alterna7 at hotmail dot com

  106. Laura Jacobson says:

    Feminine form of the Late Latin male name Laurus ‘laurel’.
    landfjacobson @ charter.net

  107. Misty Sunrise says:

    I learned that New Hampshire
    has the most people named Denise per capita.

  108. WWillows6 says:

    I learned that my name Lisa is currently used by 1,148,060 other people as well.

    Lisa Garner

  109. 399 people in the U.S. have my name

  110. Tylerpants says:

    I learned that New Hampshire has the most people named Lisa per capita. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

  111. Rhode Island has the most people with my name per capita

  112. Learned that they have only 85 with my last name listed nationwide–I KNEW it was rare!

    cgclynsg0 @ gmail dot com

  113. Michaela R says:

    42,464 people, including dead, have my name. Which is odd because I always thought my name was pretty rare. Considering none of my teachers ever new how to say it.

  114. Kathleen Conner says:

    I learned that Conner is Irish: variant spelling of Connor, now common in Scotland.
    klconn7 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  115. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    There are only 2,047 people in the US with my last name.

    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  116. Oklahoma has the most people named Lea per capita!

  117. Vermont
    has the most people named Sarah per capita
    Thanks for the contest.

  118. Utah has the most people named Breanne per capita

  119. Penny B W says:

    My first name was at the height of popularity in 1963!

  120. Michelle was probably the most popular name in the late 60s and 70s due to the Beatles song!

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