Sometimes it feels like there's almost no unique names amongst my Facebook friends. Whenever I use the search function and start typing someones name at least two friends' names pop up.
However, I only have one friend called Åsa and one friend called Conrad. So it got me wondering how many of my friends names are unique?
So I pulled down the names of all my 500+ friends and counted them. The results were suprising!
|0 in common||291|
|1 in common||53|
|2 in common||15|
|3 in common||10|
|4 in common||1|
|5 in common||3|
|6 in common||2|
That means that 56% of my friends' names are unique! Much more than I expected. I should add, the bulk of my friends are primarily from two countries: USA and Sweden. From all over the world too but these are the most common. However, because of this I have some friends who have the locale's spelling. I.e. "Michael" in USA versus "Mikael" in Sweden.
So, if I manually go through the list and look at some names and come up with some aliases so that Eric and Erik counts as the same name, I get a lot less uniqueness. The list I made is available here and it's very much a quick judgement call based on a rough idea of the "stemming" of these names.
It actually didn't help that much. The spread now looks like this:
|0 in common||260|
|1 in common||44|
|2 in common||14|
|3 in common||12|
|4 in common||6|
|5 in common||2|
|6 in common||1|
|7 in common||4|
And the number of people with unique names goes down to 50.1%. Still more than half.
Last but not least, the most common names for me were: