The 12 Names of Christmas: Whitepages Releases List of Top Holiday Names

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Data Finds Carol, Virginia, and Holly Most Common Holiday-Related First Name in U.S.; Bell, Noel, and Rudolph Top Last Name List

Whitepages, the leading provider of contact information for people and businesses in the U.S., today reveals its list of the 12 most festive first and last names in the country just in time for the holiday season. Carol (first name) and Bell (last name) topped the lists with 1,148,024 and 385,651 people sharing the name, respectively.

Rounding out the top five first names are Virginia (577,805 people), Holly (298,910 people), Jesus (284,001 people), and Joy (214,192 people). For last names, Noel took second place (41,100 people), followed by Rudolph (27,025 people), Joy (18,871 people), and Holly (12,438 people). Interestingly enough, there are 439 people with the first name Christmas, and 7,525 people with it as a last name.

“Many names on the lists are associated with seasonal songs or stories we all know and love, making this data the perfect holiday party conversation topic,” says Christine Morrell, culture and trend expert from Whitepages. “Another fun fact to share – there is one Kris Kringle in the U.S., but he’s not at the North Pole.”

Whitepages data also shows that Americans won’t be searching for Ebenezer Scrooge’s address for their holiday cards, as there is no one with that name in the U.S. The company’s website ( and mobile app ( searches do see an increase in consumers looking up addresses for friends and family during the final weeks of December, peaking with a 217% increase on Dec. 18th.

The Whitepages Top 12 Holiday Names list breaks how many people share the names in the U.S., as well as the states where the most people with these names are living.

The 12 First Names of Christmas
1.    Carol – 1,148,024; 65,229 in PA
2.    Virginia – 577,805; 41,313 in CA
3.    Holly – 298,910; 21,041 in CA
4.    Jesus – 284,001; 89,465 in CA
5.    Joy – 214,192; 16,195 in TX
6.    Noel – 71,816; 10,536 in CA
7.    Rudolph – 47,598; 2,719 in PA
8.    Merry – 14,226; 560 in MI
9.    Bell – 5,047; 296 in NY
10.    Claus – 1,614; 70 in WA
11.    Christmas – 439; 32 in NY
12.    Yule – 121; 22 in CA

The 12 Last Names of Christmas
1.    Bell – 385,651; 33,761 in TX
2.    Noel – 41,100; 4,896 in FL
3.    Rudolph – 27,025; 2,176 in CA
4.    Joy – 18,871; 1,470 in CA
5.    Holly – 12,438; 1,151 in CA
6.    Christmas – 7,525; 806 in FL
7.    Merry – 5,050; 385 in CA
8.    Claus – 4,979; 413 in CA
9.    Carol – 3,985; 546 in CA
10.    Jesus – 3,342; 990 in CA
11.    Virginia – 1,598; 327 in CA
12.    Yule – 1,506; 190 in CA

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About Whitepages
Whitepages is the leading source for contact information in North America and is at the forefront of developing services that help people find, understand and verify personal and business identities in an ever-changing digital world. Whitepages is committed to empowering users with control, safeguarding the accuracy and authenticity of digital identities, and advancing transparency. With over 50 million unique monthly users, Whitepages offers access to more than 200 million personal and business identities and provides users with the ability to control their own. Whitepages also operates Whitepages PRO, an API and web-based service which helps businesses verify the identities of their customers. To learn more, visit

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