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N707ZS
22nd Jan 2013, 08:57
More people called Smith seem to be inventing a two barreled name to try and keep up appearances, why don't they just accept it.

Tableview
22nd Jan 2013, 09:00
'cos they don't want people to think they're common.

Reminds me of that skit (Python?) where there's all these furtive looking couples sitting around in the lobby of a seedy hotel and the receptionist says : "Mr and Mrs Smith, your room is ready" and about 40 people stand up.

Lightning Mate
22nd Jan 2013, 09:00
If they live in Mayfair just change it to Smythe.

If they live in Essex just change it to Smiff.

Tableview
22nd Jan 2013, 09:13
If they lives in Brakpan yus change it to Smit.

Takan Inchovit
22nd Jan 2013, 09:39
If Wilhelm and Brunhilda are coming for tea, you change it to Schmidt!

tony draper
22nd Jan 2013, 11:15
I believe the most common surname on Earth is Lee.:)

Ancient Mariner
22nd Jan 2013, 11:18
And if I'm around it would be Smed.
Per

stuckgear
22nd Jan 2013, 11:20
if surname genealogy relates to ancestors trades, like smith, or tanner..

what trade does dickinson relate to ?

500N
22nd Jan 2013, 11:30
Ask Jimmy Saville, he was a dickinson.

merch
22nd Jan 2013, 11:32
Smith is not common, it's just popular

A Smith

Tableview
22nd Jan 2013, 11:34
Ask Jimmy Saville, he was a dickinson.

No, he was Dickinanything by the sound if it!

Lon More
22nd Jan 2013, 13:03
There seem to be a lot of the B'Stard family in government. Most have had a name change though.

stuckgear
22nd Jan 2013, 13:08
There seem to be a lot of the B'Stard family in government. Most have had a name change though.


yes.. to Wanquer !

Lon More
22nd Jan 2013, 13:36
Not just in the UK.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y204/Badyin/funnies/Cameron.jpg

edited to fix link

MagnusP
22nd Jan 2013, 14:07
The Italians got it right. Ferrari.

Loose rivets
22nd Jan 2013, 18:07
Proof of the pudding:


1 record was found that matched your request
Surname Count Ranking
SMITH 652563 1


Office of National Statistics database, and contains a list of surnames in use in England, Wales and the Isle of Mann



Well, no McSmiths there then.

G-CPTN
22nd Jan 2013, 18:49
652563 represents 1% of the population.

Fareastdriver
22nd Jan 2013, 19:05
most common surname on Earth is Lee

Lee is a Cantonese Chinese name so therefore not used by the Mandarin speaking majority. One of the commonest names in China is Wang; which, surprise surprise, is Chinese for Smith.

Loose rivets
22nd Jan 2013, 21:02
652563 represents 1% of the population.


Ignoring the fact I don't for one minute believe there are only 65 m people in the UK, I assume the 1 % is coincidental to the 'Ranking' of 1

(Also, my snippet did not go north of the boarder. )


Aaaaaaaaaaagh! Everything has changed, so my post is somewhat invalid. I've just run my name again, and it shows = (which was never displayed before) and then 2,600 ish, about the number of registered people.



From a clear memory.

My name ranks 3,500, while the more common but connected name of Bennett ranks 35,000

Running a check on interesting names, a pal from home, very much an Essex boy with a very rare name, ranked 15. (this still applies) So, I'm perplexed why Smith would Rank 1.


Surnames of England and Wales (http://www.taliesin-arlein.net/names/search.php)

There may be a change of settings, but I'm already way past my cup of tea break and have to get back to this interminable editing.