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Top Name Searches of 2016

Written by January 11, 2017

Remember the line: “What’s in a name?” famously portrayed in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet? At Spokeo, names are everything. We facilitate thousands of name searches (and phone and email and address too!) to help people connect or reunite with loved ones, family members and even potential customers. And since we help more than 18 million visitors per month, you have to wonder, “who are people looking for?”

Google shared that Donald Trump was the most searched person of the year, but who are the most sought-after common Joes and Janes?

After crunching the numbers, we’ve got your answer. We’ve compiled the top 10 first names (male & female) and last name searches for the entire year! John took the #1 spot for most searched male name with 355,662 searches; Mary came in as the most searched female name with 160,347 and Smith surfaced as the most searched surname with a staggering 422,094 searches. Who’s at number 2, and who’s climbing the ranks to make the top ten?

Check out the full list below to see the remaining popular name searches of 2016.

Top Male Name searches of 2016


Top girl name searches of 2016


Top Last name searches of 2016

Do you have someone you’re looking for? Start with a simple name search and see how Spokeo can help you discover and connect today!

Posted in Awards & Accolades, Famous People Search, News Flash, Newsroom, People Search Trends

Director of Public Relations & Community Initiatives

Vanessa joined Spokeo in 2012 and oversees all social media, media relations and community relations efforts for Spokeo. She is especially passionate about Spokeo programs focused on search and reunion and promoting STEM careers for women and children. During her free time, she enjoys writing, DIY home decor and crafts, and eating dessert!

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