When I was a kid, I was always skeptical of those "__ Million Served" signs at McDonald's (were they counting hamburgers or customers?). The Ancestry Insider says I should also be skeptical about the name count claims made by online genealogy outfits.
When WorldVitalRecords.com claims "872,278,874 Names in 5,389 Databases," aren't we led to believe these are counts of people names? But WorldVitalRecords.com claims 337,484 names in Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World, 1895. This is a gazetteer! Yeah, yeah; many places are named after people.