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Common last names

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by slobake, Dec 11, 2017.

  1. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    I work in a industry where I often have to do a search for someone by their last name. There was a time when names like Smith and Jones were quite popular. That is still true but here in California there are some other last names that are now becoming more common. I just did a search for someone with the last name of Patel, hoo boy where there a lot of people with that name. Also Nguyen has become a very common name around here.
    There are also an awful lot of people with the last name of Lee. Not sure if that is recent or has been going on for a long time.
    I have no doubt this is a reflection of the ever changing demographics in our country. Two hundred years ago you probably would not have found too many people named Murphy but it wasn't long until there were a whole lot of people named Murphy in U.S.
    Are there other names that are becoming more commonplace where you live?
  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I know at least a dozen Wongs and work with six Singhs and two Patels. One girl in my department is a Rodriguez and another is a Rodriguez Rodriguez.
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  3. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
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  4. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    Rodriguez Rodriguez? No hyphen? :D
  5. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    Why I oughta ...
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  6. tlc1976


    Aug 2, 2016
    Anderson seems pretty popular, but always has been a common last name IMO.

    I don't know of any last names becoming more popular.

    Go to any small town and you'll find one or a few names that dominate the place, and always have.
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  7. the harp unstrung

    the harp unstrung They’s only two things that money can’t buy... Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2014
    On The Bus

    My family name is extremely recognizable...to the point that (weekly? monthly?) someone behind the counter makes the connection between my name (the Scottish word for ‘church’) and a popular fictional character.
    I wink and tell them ‘Wow, I’d never thought of That before!’ ;)

    I don’t think I’ve ever met another person with my family name who wasn’t a member of my family.
  8. My last name is fairly common. A lot of my family has it.
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  9. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    If you can find two hotels in a row here not owned by a Patel I will kiss your foot. Same goes for gas stations.
  10. I used to work with a bunch of British guys named John, very popular first name for the age group.
    Ironically they almost all had first names for surnames:

  11. OldDog52

    OldDog52 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Isn’t Nguyen like the Smith or Jones of Vietnam?
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  12. OldDog52

    OldDog52 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Also I have total respect for immigrants to the US who don’t “Americanize” their name. I worked with a guy named Dong. Couldn’t help wondering why he didn’t go by “Doug” or “Don”. He was Dong and by god Dong was a very valued and respected 5-star employee.
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  13. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    There is actually a lot of anonymity with a last name Jones.

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  14. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois
    My last name is French Canadian and is very rare in the U.S. I have to spell it for most people. In Canada it's pretty common, of course. A few years ago, there were 3 NHL players with the same last name as mine.
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  15. tlc1976


    Aug 2, 2016
    Same for mine. Wonder if it's the same one. I don't follow NHL but there's at least one player with the name.
  16. Funky Ghost

    Funky Ghost Translucently Groovy

    It wont be my last name that's for sure. It was an Ellis Island mistake. If there is anyone in America with the last name Carol, I'm related to them. It was my grandfathers girlfriends name. He didn't speak English and no one on Ellis Island spoke Latvian. So instead of Korolev we are now Carol.
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2017
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  17. Tom Bomb

    Tom Bomb Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My last name's Bomb. All too common :(
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