Map Shows The Most Common Surnames In Different Countries Of The world

At this stage, human society is culturally more diverse than ever, but our surnames can tell us a lot about the origin of our ancestors. While there are many lesser known surnames, this NetCredit map shows the most common surnames in different countries of the world. 

Usually surnames are divided into 5 categories: toponymy (based on location), occupation, description of a person, middle name (by name of father or ancestor) and names denoting patronage.

Map Shows The Most Common Surnames Last Name In Different Countries Of The world


Second names, last name or surnames, were first used in China in 2852 BC to help census, but this idea soon spread around the world. As the population grew in Western Europe in the Middle Ages, family names were used as a way to distinguish people. As a result, in these parts, many people began to receive names in accordance with their occupation (work or craft). 

So, for example, on the NetCredit card you can see that the most common surname in Germany is Müller, descending from the profession of miller. From the same craft, the popular Ukrainian surname Melnyk was formed.

Map Shows The Most Common Surnames Last Name In Different Countries Of The world

But in countries such as Bulgaria, Belarus and Russia, Ivanov (or the female version of Ivanov), formed on behalf of Ivan, is considered the most popular surname or last name.

Map Shows The Most Common Surnames Last Name In Different Countries Of The world

In English-speaking countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia and the UK, the most common surname is Smith, the name that was first used for blacksmiths.

Map Shows The Most Common Surnames Last Name In Different Countries Of The world
Map Shows The Most Common Surnames Last Name In Different Countries Of The world

The most common surname in the world is Wang, the Chinese patronym, which means Mandarin in Mandarin. About 76 million people in the world bear this name. The next most common surname is the Indian surname Devi, which has about 69 million people.

Map Shows The Most Common Surnames Last Name In Different Countries Of The world

It is interesting to note that surnames in Central America and the Caribbean reflect the colonial history of the region. For example, in Haiti - the French colony from 1697 to 1804 - the most common surname is Jean, the French form is John. Map Shows 

The Most Common Surnames Last Name In Different Countries Of The world


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