First names most popular with San Diego businesses: Bob, Dave, Mike, Jim, Don

A town called Bob

Hundreds, if not thousands of San Diego businesses bear the first names of their owners, and the most popular business names aren't necessarily the most popular baby names. Top honors go to Bob, ranked 21st on the list of popular American boys' names (published in the book Unusual & Most Popular Baby Names) with 50 local businesses (and we didn't even mention all the Bob's Big Boy restaurants):

  • Bob's Auto Sales (National City)
  • Bob's Auto Transport (Santee)
  • Bob's Backhoe (Alpine)
  • Bob's Bait and Tackle (Spring Valley)
  • Bob's Barber Shop (Solana Beach)
  • Bob's Birds (two: one in Spring Valley and the other in Santee)
  • Bob's Bottle Shop (El Cajon)
  • Bob's Crane Service (Lakeside)
  • Bob's Deli (Kearny Mesa)
  • Bob's Firewood (Chula Vista)
  • Bob's Glass and Screen Company (Miramar)
  • Bob's Key Shop (Ocean Beach)
  • Bob's Law Printing (East San Diego)
  • Bob's Market (La Mesa)
  • Bob's Mobile Auto Repair (El Cajon)
  • Bob's Mobile Pet Grooming (Imperial Beach)
  • Bob's Mobile Wash (Alpine)
  • Bob's Painting Service (La Jolla)
  • Bob's Pharmacy (National City)
  • Bob's Quality Drains and Plumbing (Spring Valley)
  • Bob's Truck Service (Downtown)
  • Bob's Welding (Lakeside)
  • Bob's Window Cleaning and Floor Waxing (Spring Valley)

A distant second is Dave, the their most-popular boys' name in the country with 33 local businesses, including:

  • Dave's Auto Clinic (Southeast San Diego)
  • Dave's Auto Wrecking (Otay Mesa)
  • Dave's Bargain Spot (El Cajon)
  • Dave's Feed Stop (Lemon Grove)
  • Dave's Flower Box (City Heights)
  • Dave's Glass (Santee)
  • Dave's Hair Design (Bay Park)
  • Dave's Men Clothing and Tailoring (Downtown)
  • Dave's Office Supply (Solana Beach)
  • Dave's Quality Plumbing (Chula Vista)
  • Dave's Refrigeration (Spring Valley)
  • Dave's Shoe Repair (La Mesa)
  • Dave's Tennis Shop (Kearny Mesa)
  • Dave's Termite Control (El Cajon)
  • Dave's Tour Service (San Ysidro)

Close behind is Mike, number one on the popularity list, with 32 businesses, among them:

  • Mike's Antiques (Julian)
  • Mike's Appliance Service (Santee)
  • Mike's Auto Electric (Lakeside)
  • Mike's Body Shop (Imperial Beach)
  • Mike's Carpet Service (Lemon Grove)
  • Mike's Deli & Market (El Cajon)
  • Mike's Dirt Works & Custom Backhoe Services (Chula Vista)
  • Mike's Model & Craft Shop (El Cajon)
  • Mike's Mower Repair (Poway)
  • Mike's Mike's Tires and Batteries (El Cajon)

It's a tie for fourth-place between 14th-ranked Don, each with 30 businesses. The Jims include:

  • Jim's Appollo Septic Service (Poway)
  • Jim's Auto and Truck Repair (Santee)
  • Jim's Bobcat Service (El Cajon)
  • Jim's Buy & Sell & Loan (North Park)
  • Jim's Discount Store (Imperial Beach)
  • Jim's Gun Shop (Chula Vista)
  • Jim's Handyman Service (El Cajon)
  • Jim's Hardwood Floors (Poway)
  • Jim's Hickory Wood Bar-B-Q (East San Diego)
  • Jim's Horticultural Service (El Cajon)
  • Jim's House of Guitars (East San Diego)
  • Jim's Marine (Point Loma)
  • Jim's Mustang Parts (El Cajon)
  • Jim's RV Repair (Lemon Grove)
  • Jim's Typesetting (Santee)

Among the Dons:

  • Don's Antiques & Jewelry (Lemon Grove)
  • Don's Appliance Service (Coronado)
  • Don's Backhoe Rental (Lakeside)
  • Don's Bait & Tackle (Southeast San Diego)
  • Don's Brake & Wheel (Southeast San Diego)
  • Don's Cocktail Lounge (El Cajon)
  • Don's Garage (Julia)
  • Don's Hydroblasting (Jacumba)
  • Don's Liquor Store (Poway)
  • Don's Parkway Plaza Shoe Repair (El Cajon)
  • Don's Photo Service (Middletown)
  • Don's Photography (Poway)
  • Don's Radio & TV Service (National City)
  • Don's Starter Shop (El Cajon)

Next is 19th-raned Tony, with 29 businesses:

  • Tony's Auto Sales (National City)
  • Tony's Auto Service (Chula Vista)
  • Tony's Barber Shop (La Mesa)
  • Tony's Best Way Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning (La Jolla)
  • Tony's Drain (Encinitas)
  • Tony's Frame Manufacturers (San Ysidro)
  • Tony's Liquor Store (Golden Hill)
  • Tony's Newport Cafe (Ocean Beach)
  • Tony's Shoe Repair (Pacific Beach)
  • Tony's Tractor Work (El Cajon)
  • Tony's Trophy & Engraving (East San Diego)

Sixteenth-ranked Bill is next, with 26 businesses, including:

  • Bill's Auto Body Repair (El Cajon)
  • Bill's Cab Co. (Solana Beach)
  • Bill's Chicken Place & Deli (Mission Beach)
  • Bill's Coiffeurs (Chula Vista)
  • Bill's Custom Roofing (Point Loma)
  • Bill's Drywall Service (El Cajon)
  • Bill's Happy Hair Barber Shop (Imperial Beach)
  • Bill's Kitchen (Kearny Mesa)
  • Bill's Lock & Key (La Mesa)
  • Bill's Quality Cars (National City)
  • Bill's Refrigeration Service (Midway District)
  • Bill's Transmission Service (El Cajon)
  • Bill's TV & Electronics (Spring Valley)
  • Bill's Video (Mira Mesa)

In eighth place is Jack, the 119th-most-popular boys' name in the country, with 24 local businesses, month them:

  • Jack's Aluminum Products (Santee)
  • Jack's Auto Body (La Mesa)
  • Jack's Auto Dismantling (Lakeside)
  • Jack's Beach Snacks (Pacific Beach)
  • Jack's Donuts (two locations in Chula Vista)
  • Jack's Grocery (Julian)
  • Jack's Motorcycles (East San Diego)
  • Jack's Reliable Roofing (Poway)
  • Jack's Texcoco & Food Mart (Clairemont)

As for women's names, the most popular business name in San Diego is Mary, ranked 76th on the list of popular American girls' names. There are just 36 Marys, including:

  • Mary's Accessories (Del Mar)
  • Mary's Alteration (Clairemont)
  • Mary's Beauty Salon (Chula Vista)
  • Mary's Dog Fashions (Chula Vista)
  • Mary's Donuts (Santee)
  • Mary's Donuts Plus (East San Diego)
  • Mary's Hair Design (Lemon Grove)
  • Mary's Submarine Sandwiches (one in Coronado and another in South San Diego)
  • Mary's Tack & Feed (Del Mar)
  • Mary's Type A Graphix (Bonita)

Second is 58th-ranked Kathy, with an even dozen businesses among them:

  • Kathy's Alterations (La Mesa)
  • Kathy's Country Pet Shop (Ramona)
  • Kathy's Dee Dee Truck Rental (Southeast San Diego)
  • Kathy's Hair Designs (La Mesa)
  • Kathy's Medical Transcription Service (La Mesa)
  • Kathy's Reflections (Coronado)

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