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Saturday, February 25, 2017

John Smith, Are You Listening?

According to the website, which is based on U.S. Census Bureau statistics, 49,905 John Smiths live here in the United States.
Statistically, John is the 2nd most popular first name for men.  Nearly 5½ million people carry that name.  Some 99.63 percent of those given the name John are men.  If you do the math, this means that 0.37 percent of those named John are something other than male.
What are they, exactly?
The website is not clear on that, but I have my suspicions.
The name Smith is the commonest in the United States.  There are 2,857,461 Smiths among us.  Not surprisingly, I know a few of them.  I don’t, however, know any of the John Smiths.  Another interesting thing is that no John Smiths were registered among the list of famous people with the last name of Smith.  I do recall a certain John Smith being saved by Pocahontas.  Apparently, the folks compiling the figures thought Pocahontas should be the headliner on that.
So, John, if you are listening, you need to step up your game.

--Mitchell Hegman

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