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The most common names in the world

Indy 100 logoIndy 100 11/05/2017 Jessica Brown

© Provided by Independent Print Limited John Smiths in the UK and US are lumbered with having the most common name – if not statistically, then at least anecdotally.

But what about the rest of the globe? Is there a John Smith equivilant in Egypt? Or Russia?

A Reddit thread has been collecting the most common names from other countries, and it’s rather enlightening.

Korea

Not sure about first names but around 20% of Korea's population has the surname "Kim".

-not_athletic

Poland

Jan Kowalski. Which is literally John Smith in my language, actually

-Wojciehehe

In polish it's also Jan Nowak, which literally means "John Newman"

-iwantotsaysmth

Scotland

In Scotland its probably Cameron McDonald.

I know about 5.

-Solafuge

Egypt

Egyptian here but this is probably applicable for most Arab speaking/Muslim majority countries. Muhammed and Ahmed are so common it's insane.

Watching a typical soccer game: 'Muhammed passes the ball to Muhammed and back to Muhammed and he passes it wide to Hamada and back to Ahmed and GOAAAAAAL'

-yaraelshab

Hong Kong

Hong Kong here.

The placeholder name that's most commonly used here is Chan Tai Man (陳大文).

Chan is the surname, and Tai Man is the given name, as the surname goes first in Chinese names.

-CarbonSpectre

Russia

Kuznetsov comes from Kuznets, which means Blacksmith. It's an extremely common name in Russia. Meanwhile, everyone in the world knows Ivan is easily one of the most common given names in Russia. Ivan comes Ioannes, which also gives us the name John.

So, in essence, the John Smith of Russia is John Smith, but in Russian.

-mf9769

Denmark

The most common first name in Denmark is Jens.

The most common surname is Jensen.

The most common full name is Jens Jensen.

We're not at very creative bunch.

-Baerensten

Vietnam

40% of Vietnamese people have Nguyen as a surname.

-elee0228

Quebec

Tremblay is the most common surname in Quebec, so probably Jean Tremblay (or Marie Tremblay).

-sometimesidrawfish

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