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the most common surnames in Europe

Post by daib0 » 19 Jun 2016, 11:07

the most common surnames in Europe



An infographic map made by Czech linguist, mathematician, and artist Jakub Marian has described the most popular surnames in Europe.

For example, the most popular surname in the United Kingdom is Smith, deriving from the metalworking practice, compared to Müller in Germany, which means 'miller'.

He has produced two maps.



One which shows the most common surnames...

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...and another describing the meanings behind them:

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The investigator talked about his process for creating the maps:

I basically spent many hours Googling, trying to find statistics in a language I speak (because I obviously cannot speak every language represented in the map), and searching in dictionaries.

A Wikipedia article was my starting point, but many of the entries either do not have a source or are just plain wrong, so I always sought to find primary sources.

Unfortunately, most of what one can find on the Internet is incorrect or incomplete in one way or another, and a few minor errors (or, more precisely, incomplete entries) slipped into the map as well.

This is where having a following from all over the world is very helpful, and my readers quickly pointed out inaccuracies and referred me to relevant sources in their local languages.

It's a system where the last name of a child is determined by the first name of its father, and it is the only western country that has not switched to the family name system we are all familiar with.

Centuries ago, this system was common in all Nordic countries, as a result of which almost all family names in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden end with -son or -sen, the equivalent of "son" in English.

Another thing that I find quite amusing is that the most common surname in Slovakia is the Hungarian word for a Croat, which is in turn a borrowing from Croatian. Oddly enough, there are 30 times more people with 'Croat' in their name than ethnic Croats in Slovakia.
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Re: the most common surnames in Europe

Post by tonyp » 19 Jun 2016, 12:44

The most common surname in Australia is also Smith.
Followed by Jones, Williams and Brown.
I suppose it won't be long before it's Suzuki or something similar.
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Post by bristleposh » 19 Jun 2016, 14:00

I believe the most common forename in thee UK is Mohammed or various spellings there of.
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Re: the most common surnames in Europe

Post by daib0 » 19 Jun 2016, 14:31

bit of a laugh that in Russia it's "Mr Peaceful" hahaha!!!
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