From Dizzy Gillespie’s expertise with the trumpet to Dick Van Dyke’s memorable performance on Mary Poppins, music pervades every corner of our culture. Using data from MusicBrainz, MooseRoots identified the names that, up to the present, are most common among musicians relative to the general population. While a name is by no means a predictor of musical success, patterns certainly exist among artists leading up to today.
To do this, we analyzed the names of 249,549 male and 65,442 female musicians to find the top names of each gender. After comparing the frequency of the top musician names with the frequency of those names in the general population during 2014, we compiled a list of names more likely to appear among musicians, and ranked the list from lowest to highest frequency relative to the general population.
Note: All values are rounded to the nearest tenth.