Nightmare on Name Street: Do You Share a Name with a Horror Icon?

In honor of Halloween, Whitepages, the leading provider of contact information for people and businesses in the U.S., has revealed its list of the 13 most common names in the country shared with horror movie villains as well as a few famously frightening directors and authors. We thought their list makes for a fun little Halloween treat so read on for the details!

Taking the top spot on the list – and putting fear in the hearts of audiences everywhere – is Michael Myers from Halloween with 4,282 people nationwide sharing the name.

Rounding out the top five are Stephen King (author; 2,068 people), Norman Bates (Psycho; 96 people), Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th; 30 people), and Annie Wilkes (Misery; 25 people).

“Many people could say they’ve been scared by a number of the villains on this list but until now have probably never thought that one could be living next door!” says Liz Powell, culture and trend expert from Whitepages. “For fans of a ‘friendlier ghost’ neighbor, Whitepages data found 2,632 Caspers nationwide, the most living in North Dakota.”

Additional Halloween-centric name data includes:

Carrie (Carrie): 315,711; 23,343 in CA; first name only
Hannibal (The Silence of the Lambs): 6,399; 97 in CA; first name only
Frankenstein: 510; 92 in PA; last name only
Ghost: 38; 14 in PA; last name only

The Whitepages Top 13 list breaks down how many people share the name in the U.S. as well as the states where the most people with these names are living.

Top 13 Most Common Horror Movie Monikers:

1. Michael Myers (Halloween): 4,282; 333 in OH
2. Stephen King (Author): 2,068; 168 in TX
3. Norman Bates (Psycho): 96; 9 in TX
4. Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th): 30; 4 each in PA, CA, NY
5. Annie Wilkes (Misery): 25; 10 in GA
6. Jack Torrance (The Shining): 10; 2 in CA
7. Wes Craven (Director): 7; 2 in NC
8. Alfred Hitchcock (Director): 7; 2 each in CA and MD
9. Max Cady (Cape Fear): 6; 3 in FL
10. Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street): 5; 2 in WA
11. Donnie Darko (Donnie Darko): 4; 3 in PA
12. Samara Morgan (The Ring): 2; 1 each in TX and ND
13. Damien Thorn (The Omen): 1 in CA


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