Unique names


Names are a nuisance, especially when we call each other names. We have all kind of names: first names, last names, nicknames, family names, surnames, middle names, private names, Christian names, etc. There are thousands of names but we don’t have enough names because there are plenty of people who share the same name (for example John Smith and John Smith both have the same name as John Smith). Why can’t we all have a unique name? Nice to meet you, my name is Minekukelo

Unique names

We could give everybody a unique name which is rather like a code. Using the 10 digits from 0 to 9 and the 26 letters from A to Z we can give unique names of 7 characters length to all the people in the world. With 7 characters we could design 36^7 = 78,364,164,096 different names, enough to even bless all our pets with a unique name. Problem is that the names would be rather difficult to pronounce. Try calling somebody RYS7EWT or TR9S1KK. 

Ignoring the digits and just using the 26 letters from A to Z we can design 26^7 = 8,031,810,176 names. Enough for this moment, but with 8 letters (26^8 = 208,827,064,576) we can keep multiplying ourselves in the far future and still have enough unique names. But who wants to be called AIDNTUBP or CDPFXCNI or OLLSTDYX?

Right, so here is my proposal. We make names that are 10 characters long, starting with a consonant, then a vowel, then a consonant, etc. Alternating consonants and vowels make it possible to pronounce the names, and it gives us 21x5x21x5x21x5x21x5x21x5 = 12,762,815,625 names. Enough for now, but if we keep breeding like rabbits we will have to add an extra consonant before the end of the 21st century.


Common names


Very common surnames that are shared by thousands of people include:

Smith, Johnson, Williams, Jones, Brown, Davis, Miller, Wilson, Moore, Taylor, Anderson, Thomas, Jackson, White, Harris, Martin, Thompson, Garcia, Martinez, Robinson, Clark, Rodriguez, Lewis, Lee, Walker, Hall, Allen, Young, Hernandez, King, Wright, Lopez, Hill, Scott, Green, Adams, Baker, Gonzalez, Nelson, Carter, Mitchell, Perez, Roberts, Turner, Phillips, Campbell, Parker, Evans, Edwards, Collins

First names

Very common first names include:

James, Christopher, Ronald, Mary, Lisa, Michelle, John, Daniel, Anthony, Patricia, Nancy, Laura, Robert, Paul, Kevin, Linda, Karen, Sarah, Michael, Mark, Jason, Barbara, Betty, Kimberly, William, Donald, Jeff, Elizabeth, Helen, Deborah, David, George, Jennifer, Sandra, Richard, Kenneth, Maria, Donna, Charles, Steven, Susan, Carol, Joseph, Edward, Margaret, Ruth, Thomas, Brian, Dorothy, Sharon