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I was going to comment here but I've decided to add a short column on a related subject to --LMS

  • So you put this here, with no link, to torture us? But it looks like a very old entry. [shrug] --Jerzy(t) 19:02, 2005 Jan 13 (UTC)

Only common name in Australia is "Dundee"?[edit]

What is "Dundee" doing, alone, under Australia? Absent evidence, that's a bad joke. Vicki Rosenzweig

It's a bad joke, and it's going to be shifted there. The distribution of names in Oz is, broadly, somewhat like the US's, but obviously with no Spanish names and plenty of Vietnamese (Nguyen is like the third most common surname in Melbourne, but I don't have national data). --Robert Merkel

Most common German name "Kuhl"?[edit]

Hey I'm German and the #1 German name 'Kuhl' is certainly wrong. I don't know anybody with that name. Must be sort of a 'joke'. The rest of the German list looks ok. Suggest to remove #1

Move to "list of most common family names"?[edit]

Might is be more popular to entitle this "List of most common famly names"? Wondering simply, -- Infrogmation 22:53, 4 Nov 2003 (UTC)

  • Agreed. One usually doesn't choose a family name after all. -- Kimiko 22:18, 1 Mar 2004 (UTC)
  • Abso. I will move it. But, while on the subject: has someone already researched and determined that
    • the shorter and more precise term surname somehow misses some (certainly non-obvious!) family name, or there has been a decision elsewhere in WP to avoid surname for some other reason? Note that one meaning of family name is a given name that never occurs beyond those sharing a common descent (e.g., due to a spelling error or other coinage. --Jerzy(t) 19:02, 2005 Jan 13 (UTC)

Move to "list of most common surnames"?[edit]

I went ahead & changed "family " to "sur", when i realized it is in Category:Surnames, rather than fuss with notes clarifying the difference or lack thereof. --Jerzy(t) 20:43, 2005 Jan 13 (UTC)

Quebec list[edit]

Shouldn't the Québec, Canada list be moved alphabetically to "Canada - Québec" or something like that? Sabbut 17:36, 11 Nov 2003 (UTC)

Cleanup with most popular names page[edit]

I think that rather than merge this and Most popular names names, that surnames from that list should be added here and the other list turned into first/given names. -- BCorr ¤ Брайен 19:55, 18 Nov 2003 (UTC)

Most definitely! Nikola 21:21, 22 Nov 2003 (UTC)

Chinese numbers[edit]

Why are there numbers beside the Chinese names? SD6-Agent 00:47, 23 Nov 2003 (UTC)

They're Mandarin (linguistics)#Tones. --Menchi 00:51, 23 Nov 2003 (UTC)


Is anyone really trying to expand this page? There are several common surnames that have been left off, such as Drohan ((Drohan-Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Druacháin ‘descendant of Druachán’, a byname representing a diminutive of druach, ‘wise man’. Source>Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4), concentrated in eastern Canada/U.S.A and, or course, Irland) to mention one. Are there any good sites where you can post questions about a surname and get answers about its etymology? They should be included on the main surname page. (like

Incorrect information warning: India[edit]

Some of the entries in the most common surnames in India are patently false or misleading, e.g. Pisharody at No. 1. Many seem to be obvious attempts by people to have their (rather unknown) surnames added to the encyclopedia.

I do not have a definite source with which to correct the list, but it would probably be on the lines of Singh, Sharma, Gupta, Goyal, Agarwal, Patel, Patil, Rao, Jain, Shah, Mehta, Mishra, Ahuja, Taneja, etc.

Somebody do something about this, and quick, before all of the variously-surnamed idiots with internet access find out about "a one-time only, unique opportunity to have your name in the most authoritative information source on the web" hoax.

'ic' comment also true for Serbian, not just Croatian?[edit]

Most of Croatian names end on "ić".

That is what it says below all Croatian names. But all those Serbian names have that ending too!

Why is it not added?


I have no information at all about the most popular names in Armenia, but what does strike me is that so many names end in yan :

Petrossyan, Kocharian, Demirchyan,...

Is something like that worth adding?

Hispanic Name list above Canadian list[edit]

Does anyone know what that's about? It seems unconnected to anything, and I know it's not the all-North America list, because that one would include Smith and Jones and other "Anglo" names as well. Anybody have any idea?

Leodmacleod 6:51 UTC 10 March 2008

Why no list of the whole world?[edit]

Wouldn't it be useful to aggreate all the data and make a list of the most common surnames for the whole world? That's what I came here for.

List of most common surnames in the world[edit]

According to (2014) :