Selected answers from the Dumb SEO Questions G+ community.
Mike Magolnick: Does simply searching someone's name give popularity to any search results? I was under the impression that searching alone does nothing but clicking on a result gives it popularity.
Harry Dance: You are correct, just searching a result will not give popularity to the search results. ;
Aamir Siddiqui: Its actually depends upon the CTR- Click through rate to that specific term and how many clicks on your website when people search that term.