Ever think about what is the most common name for writers? “John Smith” for English writers?
Verdant Labs, has created a baby-name app Nametrix, and has run surveys on the most common names for different professions, from lawyers to librarians. Mark Edmond, founder of Verdant Labs, had the list results:
“For example, the most disproportionately common writer names seem fitting.”
#1 – #10: Kate, Harriet, Simon, Graham, Colin, Edith, Emma, Frances, Julian, Abraham
#11 – #20: Louise, Eleanor, Charlotte, Annie, Ian, Helen, Lucy, Alice, Edgar, Dorothy
Here are the disproportionately common names for other literary gigs on the list:
Poet – Edgar, Hannah, Celia, Anne, Dorothy, Edmund
Librarian – Abigail, Margot, Nanette, Julia, Eleanor, Johanna
Journalist – Hanna, Gideon, Jonah, Alastair, Angus, Louisa
The chart of profession and names is available at Verdant labs: Professions and Common Names
(From a 1-15-15 article by Margaret Aldritch, in Bookriot, Common names for writers, librarians and poets )
And there is a list of famous authors which has 370 famous authors by genre, language and nationality, Famous Authors List, and I found five listings for Dave or David; five for George or Georges; five for James; a whopping 18 for John or Jonathan (but no John Smith); five for Mary; six for Michael or Michel; five Richard or Rick; five for Robert; seven for Stephen, Stephenie, or Steve; six for Thomas or Tom; and eight for Willa or William.