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Piquerobi
08-25-2015, 06:39 PM
My paternal surname is of German origin, after a distant German ancestor. The maternal is Portuguese, after a distant Portuguese ancestor. The Portuguese is so specific it does not appear in the site. The German is so generic that it is found in many other countries, in several continents, and it often leads to people perceiving as some other.

This is the frequency of my German surname: ;)


Nigeria 71,067 1: 2,511
India 46,971 1: 26,572
Tanzania 45,957 1: 976
Brazil 29,904 1: 6,783
United States 26,920 1: 11,894
Philippines 21,713 1: 4,604
France 20,125 1: 3,272
Germany 18,960 1: 4,252
United Arab Emirates 12,412 1: 760
Saudi Arabia 9,589 1: 3,132

Check out this site:

http://forebears.io/

Dubhthach
08-25-2015, 07:34 PM
fairly typical I'd imagine the frequency of course hints at origin:



United States 47,617 1: 6,726 778
England 17,590 1: 3,070 359
Ireland 13,605 1: 338 33
Australia 6,152 1: 3,831 475
Canada 4,377 1: 8,094 1,152
Scotland 4,128 1: 1,284 164
Northern Ireland 2,730 1: 659 85
South Africa 1,625 1: 33,232 4,027
New Zealand 1,105 1: 4,115 612
Wales 745 1: 4,161 480

bored
08-25-2015, 07:47 PM
Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
India 4,887,182 1: 255 14
Bangladesh 68,065 1: 2,304 278
United States 37,030 1: 8,649 1,018
Nigeria 29,956 1: 5,959 877
England 29,189 1: 1,850 166
Poland 19,238 1: 2,001 158
Canada 13,220 1: 2,680 302
Uganda 12,323 1: 2,869 492
Fiji 10,869 1: 79 6
Sudan 9,278 1: 4,019 474

Stephen1986
08-25-2015, 07:54 PM
I bet you can't guess what my surname is? :P

United States 2,552,459 1: 125 1
England 395,915 1: 136 1
South Africa 233,996 1: 231 3
Australia 184,513 1: 128 1
Canada 177,152 1: 200 1
Nigeria 162,311 1: 1,100 117
Ghana 44,093 1: 613 69
Scotland 43,887 1: 121 1
Jamaica 40,995 1: 66 3
Liberia 22,263 1: 198 10

Here's my mother's maiden name -

United States 34,006 1: 9,418 1,125
England 12,825 1: 4,211 516
Ireland 6,447 1: 712 111
Australia 5,346 1: 4,408 558
Canada 5,137 1: 6,897 982
Northern Ireland 3,601 1: 500 48
Scotland 3,255 1: 1,628 229
South Africa 1,552 1: 34,795 4,212
New Zealand 679 1: 6,696 1,057
Germany 639 1: 126,316 16,171

Tolan
08-26-2015, 03:55 AM
19,200th most common surname in the world
Approximately 27,138 people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:France
Highest density in:Jersey


Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
France 20,500 1: 3,218 181
United States 2,079 1: 154,050 16,017
Colombia 786 1: 60,720 3,010
England 565 1: 95,575 11,085
Canada 494 1: 71,716 8,269
Germany 336 1: 240,226 31,047
Brazil 270 1: 751,874 40,920
Australia 258 1: 91,342 10,767
Belgium 200 1: 56,010 9,201
Jersey 184 1: 538 13

Mac von Frankfurt
08-26-2015, 04:09 AM
Country Total Frequency Rank
Germany 2,152 1: 37,507 4,166
United States 2,094 1: 152,947 15,926
Austria 629 1: 13,557 1,525
Switzerland 441 1: 18,505 2,522
Israel 236 1: 34,773 4,729
Czech Republic 165 1: 63,742 10,776
Argentina 149 1: 286,372 33,601
France 98 1: 673,051 93,642
Brazil 79 1: 2,569,696 92,589
Canada 75 1: 472,367 42,464

The name is much more frequent in southern Germany than Northern Germany so frequency and rank in the southern regions of Germany exceeds that for Austria. The occupational name is used by Christians and Jews alike which explains the results for Israel.

Helgenes50
08-26-2015, 04:34 AM
My surname is of biblic origin, not really genetic !!!

Haiti 295,349 1: 36 1
Democratic Republic of The Congo 64,826 1: 1,070 81
Rwanda 59,145 1: 178 6
France 54,825 1: 1,203 29
Madagascar 49,125 1: 433 45
United States 26,846 1: 11,930 1,470
Burundi 20,914 1: 450 70
Cameroon 18,039 1: 1,130 87
Ivory Coast 15,342 1: 1,512 144
Canada 14,044 1: 2,523 272

Lirio100
08-26-2015, 04:58 AM
From the forebears:

My maiden name is the 2,778th most common in the world, a location surname. Most prevalent in the US, but highest density in the Falklands, which was a surprise. My mother's maiden name was anglicized from "Tjernlund". The meaning is unknown, and it's the 675,919th most common. They say only about 299 people have this surname, but I'm a little skeptical of that number unless they're only talking about Sweden; my 2x great grandfather's brother kept the original form and I know there are some in the US.

seferhabahir
08-26-2015, 06:12 AM
Hmmm,

Russia 6 1: 24,344,733 615,517

Only six people in the world, the 3,941,927th most common surname in the world. None listed in the United States. I think that I am the only male still alive in the United States that was born with my surname (legally changed to something else in 1958). Actually, the specific surname spelling on my birth certificate is not known in the forebears database. I used the most reasonable approximation to find the above statistic.

Passa
08-26-2015, 10:24 AM
151,892nd most common surname in the world. Most prevalent in Italy, highest density in Italy.
It means "little sparrow" and in my case it derives from a nickname given to my family because of their coat of arms (featuring three eagles).

RCO
08-26-2015, 11:01 AM
121st most common
surname in the world
Approximately 4,151,369
people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:Brazil
Highest density in:Brazil

Brazil 3,738,469 1: 54 3
Portugal 142,956 1: 73 6
Angola 103,241 1: 186 13
Mozambique 46,768 1: 507 55

MikeWhalen
08-26-2015, 11:26 AM
This is a fun topic, thanks for starting it Piquerobi

Not that long ago on another site, I read that my surname and all variations (Whalen, Whelan, Whealen, Phalen, Phelan, O'Phalen, Wheelan ect) was the 49th most common surname in Ireland today

This 'forbearers' site does not even have Ireland listed so that is a major problem, although I do not doubt that US., Canada and Australia have more now, but they can find 6 in china but none in the Emerald Isle? hmmmmm

The other interesting thing is when I hit the 1901 tab, Ireland did pop up and it showed 64 incidences, a 1:69000 and 5,108 'rank in nation'



Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
United States 29,434 1: 10,881 1,315
Canada 5,532 1: 6,404 904
England 559 1: 96,601 11,178
Australia 420 1: 56,110 6,861
Scotland 151 1: 35,099 3,984
New Zealand 90 1: 50,519 7,953
Netherlands 31 1: 543,994 52,947
Spain 8 1: 5,813,475 103,759
China 7 1: 195,170,000 6,072
Bermuda 6 1: 10,706 1,346

Canada has the highest concentration of us Whalen's, and that does not surprise me, hell, I even have another 'Michael Whalen' in my small northern ontario town, (no relation) so its easy to believe there are lots of us

Mike

Dubhthach
08-26-2015, 11:49 AM
Mike,

When I look at the 1901 census I see the following:
Whalen: 64
Whelan: 8,187
Whealan: 36
Wheelen: 11
Wheelan: 96
Phelan: 4,599
Phalan: 1
O'Phelan: 6

What's evident is Whelan/Phelan are dominant angliscations of Ó Faoláin in Ireland. Interesting when you consider that the vowel diagraph "ao" has two realisations depending on dialects. In Connacht/Ulster it's prononunced as long i eg í (ee in english), in munster it's prononunced as a long e eg é (ay as in say/day in english)

rms2
08-26-2015, 11:51 AM
My surname the way it is currently spelled:

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
United States 205,028 1: 1,562 116
England 45,085 1: 1,198 93
South Africa 22,629 1: 2,386 292
Australia 21,791 1: 1,081 86
Canada 16,917 1: 2,094 199
Belgium 11,314 1: 990 27
Netherlands 8,292 1: 2,034 131
Nigeria 8,100 1: 22,039 3,048
Sierra Leone 4,346 1: 1,424 174
New Zealand 4,064 1: 1,119 94

(I was surprised that it is ranked number 27 in Belgium. That's pretty high.)

My surname with what I believe was the original spelling:

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
United States 159,716 1: 2,005 176
England 22,489 1: 2,401 269
Australia 14,009 1: 1,682 178
Nigeria 7,642 1: 23,360 3,199
Canada 7,239 1: 4,894 656
South Africa 6,392 1: 8,448 1,033
Ghana 3,754 1: 7,204 927
Wales 3,206 1: 967 76
Jamaica 2,624 1: 1,036 175
New Zealand 2,608 1: 1,743 201

Torc Seanathair
08-26-2015, 12:28 PM
United States 758,759 1: 422 12
England 79,292 1: 681 32
Canada 43,233 1: 819 28
Australia 37,869 1: 622 32
Nigeria 31,790 1: 5,616 825
South Africa 21,223 1: 2,545 324
Liberia 16,296 1: 270 20
Ireland 9,559 1: 481 58
Ghana 8,148 1: 3,319 488
Northern Ireland 7,130 1: 252 10
Scotland 6,314 1: 839 86
New Zealand 5,640 1: 806 42
Sierra Leone 5,015 1: 1,234 154
Wales 4,143 1: 748 51

MikeWhalen
08-26-2015, 01:59 PM
Thanks Dubh!
that is very interesting your notes on regional pronunciation...my original spelling was Whealen, as written by my GGGpa Patrick Whealen, who was born in Ireland and emigrated to Canada in the early 1800's...and as many things Irish, it gets tricky and complicated and difficult to know what some things mean!

...We still don't know where he was born, but we do know that Patrick worked and lived and eventually married a girl (Deborah Collins) from Northern Tipperary Co., Munster Province, which certainly fits with your regional model

My Gma Whalen told me when I was a kid that the spelling of Whalen/Whelan was code for what religion you were....Protestants was Whalen, Catholics was Whelan
We were Protestants, strong Orange lodge

But, I doubt she knew that GGpa Patrick had been born a Catholic and turned protestant ( I think to marry and elope with his protestant wife)!!
...in a contemporary letter from a close nephew of his, I discovered that little bombshell after a long pen and paper genealogy hunt, and it was noted he became a 'great Orange man'...I do know that half of his large tomb stone was covered in the Orange lodge symbol, but that info had been lost (buried?) for the younger generations.

One last mystery about my personal surname is Patrick and Deborah had 13 children, all but the last child actually spelled their name Whalen and not as I know for a fact how their parents spelled their surname (I have the land receipt and purchase deed for Patrick's first land in Canada and also his last Will and Testament, all clearly showing in his hand he spelled his name Whealen).

These kids had their names at birth registered as Whalen with the 'new' spelling, so it must have been the parents choice...why?
no bloody clue, unless it had become the unofficial convention of the Irish immigrants that the spelling of the name would reflect the religion of the person, as my gma told me...no proof of course, but lots in interesting conjecture!

anyway Dubh, do you (or anyone esle) know of any possible religious linked spelling of the name? I know there are alot more Whelans in Ireland than Whalens, and of course, there are alot more Catholics than protestants, but one fact might not at all be linked to the other.

Thanks again

Mike



Mike,

When I look at the 1901 census I see the following:
Whalen: 64
Whelan: 8,187
Whealan: 36
Wheelen: 11
Wheelan: 96
Phelan: 4,599
Phalan: 1
O'Phelan: 6

What's evident is Whelan/Phelan are dominant angliscations of Ó Faoláin in Ireland. Interesting when you consider that the vowel diagraph "ao" has two realisations depending on dialects. In Connacht/Ulster it's prononunced as long i eg í (ee in english), in munster it's prononunced as a long e eg é (ay as in say/day in english)

Dubhthach
08-26-2015, 02:41 PM
Thanks Dubh!
that is very interesting your notes on regional pronunciation...my original spelling was Whealen, as written by my GGGpa Patrick Whealen, who was born in Ireland and emigrated to Canada in the early 1800's...and as many things Irish, it gets tricky and complicated and difficult to know what some things mean!

...We still don't know where he was born, but we do know that Patrick worked and lived and eventually married a girl (Deborah Collins) from Northern Tipperary Co., Munster Province, which certainly fits with your regional model

My Gma Whalen told me when I was a kid that the spelling of Whalen/Whelan was code for what religion you were....Protestants was Whalen, Catholics was Whelan
We were Protestants, strong Orange lodge

But, I doubt she knew that GGpa Patrick had been born a Catholic and turned protestant ( I think to marry and elope with his protestant wife)!!
...in a contemporary letter from a close nephew of his, I discovered that little bombshell after a long pen and paper genealogy hunt, and it was noted he became a 'great Orange man'...I do know that half of his large tomb stone was covered in the Orange lodge symbol, but that info had been lost (buried?) for the younger generations.

One last mystery about my personal surname is Patrick and Deborah had 13 children, all but the last child actually spelled their name Whalen and not as I know for a fact how their parents spelled their surname (I have the land receipt and purchase deed for Patrick's first land in Canada and also his last Will and Testament, all clearly showing in his hand he spelled his name Whealen).

These kids had their names at birth registered as Whalen with the 'new' spelling, so it must have been the parents choice...why?
no bloody clue, unless it had become the unofficial convention of the Irish immigrants that the spelling of the name would reflect the religion of the person, as my gma told me...no proof of course, but lots in interesting conjecture!

anyway Dubh, do you (or anyone esle) know of any possible religious linked spelling of the name? I know there are alot more Whelans in Ireland than Whalens, and of course, there are alot more Catholics than protestants, but one fact might not at all be linked to the other.

Thanks again

Mike

Well when I look at the 1901 census, you can filter by religion, in case of the 64 Whalen's listed 59 have "Roman Catholic" down as their religion. The name never the less is a "Gaelic Irish" one, Collins likewise can be a Gaelic Irish surname, in 1901 there were 324 in Tipperary, 319 of these are marked down as Roman Catholic.

I would think any talk about religion been linked to spelling is perhaps more of an outcome of situation in Canada (and other emigrant destinations). If you talking about early 19th century it would often make sense to "convert" so as to fit in societal speaking to what was "WASP" (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) type society.

Either way surname is of obvious Gaelic Irish origin, and long predates the reformation ;)

Mac von Frankfurt
08-26-2015, 02:53 PM
When following a surname through successive years of US Census I have sometimes seen a particular spelling become more standard over time. I have wondered if this was the family choosing a standard spelling or census enumerators standardizing the spelling. I have noticed this phenomenon occur between about 1850 and 1900.

MikeWhalen
08-26-2015, 02:58 PM
yes, your right of course...in fact, when I was researching my little family history book, i found some facinating things about the root of our ancient Irish surname...after a longish description of the historical/mythical beginnings of the surname Faolain and its mention in the famous Irish Annals, I wrote...

"In any case, the original Faoláin noted in the Annals was the 19th direct descendant of Fiacha Suidhe who was in turn a younger son of the 108th Milesian Monarchs of Ireland Fedhlimidh (Felim) Rachtmar and seemingly the youngest brother of the 109th High King Conn Ceadcathach. Using very rough calculations, it seems our name first occurred around 820 A.D. Four generations later, Ó Faoláin is used as a surname in the Annals the very first time, and he is the Great Great grandson of the Faoláin. Not coincidentally, this occurs around 1070 A.D., just after the Norman Invasion of England and William the Conqueror’s instituting the practice of using Surnames.

This made it one of the first ever used surnames in Irish history, well, that's been recorded
anyway

I do suspect my Gma Whalen's 'religious' rule was more of a localized thing in the new country ( handful of Irish concentrated area's in southern Ontario)...it seems to me it would not be needed in Ireland, as everyone knew who everyone was, but as new immigrants, often thrown together by circumstance or by virtue of the cheapest land available, they might very well settle on a mutually agreeable tradition to help keep 'things straight'

Mike

Heber
08-26-2015, 03:07 PM
Corcoran Surname

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
United States 22,723 1: 14,095 1,741
Ireland 7,223 1: 636 91
England 5,636 1: 9,581 1,403
Australia 2,817 1: 8,366 1,119
Canada 2,507 1: 14,131 2,018
Germany 572 1: 141,112 18,206
Wales 474 1: 6,540 805
Scotland 440 1: 12,045 1,655
New Zealand 398 1: 11,424 1,898
South Africa 384 1: 140,630 16,034

Highest frequency in Ireland
The Annals of Ireland states that it is an family of Eranaghs eg. they managed and farmed monastic land.
This is recorded in family history, annals and even continental monastic settlements.
If you plot the frequency in the 1901 census against a map of monastic settlements they overlap very neatly.
Thanks to Howard Mathieson for the map.

https://www.pinterest.com/gerardcorcoran/corcoran-clan/
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/32721534770319976/
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https://www.pinterest.com/pin/32721534770319965/
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Coldmountains
08-26-2015, 03:22 PM
My surname is of arabic origin like most afghan surnames but still surprisingly most common in Afghanistan according to this statistics.

Afghanistan 12,971 1: 2,006 243
Algeria 11,157 1: 3,469 451
Morocco 4,229 1: 7,886 1,058
Iran 4,197 1: 18,504 2,658
France 3,404 1: 19,377 2,114
Indonesia 2,908 1: 86,714 4,906
Albania 2,217 1: 1,306 162
Malaysia 1,138 1: 26,567 2,313
Israel 719 1: 11,414 1,577
Macedonia 537 1: 3,840 666

Agamemnon
08-26-2015, 07:03 PM
My surname is pretty rare, it wasn't even found in the database, so here are three variants of my surname:

Variant n°1

2,339,528th most common surname in the world

Approximately 24 people bear this surname

Most prevalent in:Russia
Highest density in:Russia


Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
Russia 23 1: 6,350,800 313,372
Germany 1 1: 80,716,000 172,258


Variant n°2

3,164,394th most common surname in the world

Approximately 11 people bear this surname

Most prevalent in:Belarus
Highest density in:Belarus


Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
Belarus 11 1: 860,836 72,915

Variant n°3

1,204,932nd most common surname in the world

Approximately 106 people bear this surname

Most prevalent in:United States
Highest density in:Israel


Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
United States 95 1: 3,371,265 196,175
Ukraine 4 1: 10,706,471 381,097
Russia 4 1: 36,517,100 720,003
Israel 3 1: 2,735,467 26,321


Kind of funny really, since I discovered about a year ago that there was an entire community using my surname as some sort of traditional label... I guess that's because they came from the same town in Belarus (well, it used to be Lithuania back then).
Anyway, most Ashkenazi surnames aren't real surnames, they're kinnuim (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinnui).

My mother's maiden is far more common though:


1,434th most common surname in the world

Approximately 374,314 people bear this surname

Most prevalent in:England
Highest density in:Barbados

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
England 89,337 1: 604 24
United States 82,255 1: 3,894 409
Australia 38,565 1: 611 29
Canada 33,850 1: 1,047 55
Jamaica 25,254 1: 108 7
South Africa 20,364 1: 2,652 339
Liberia 11,246 1: 391 44
Ireland 10,591 1: 434 49
Nigeria 6,878 1: 25,955 3,520
New Zealand 5,571 1: 816 44

vettor
08-26-2015, 07:22 PM
genealogists state my surname came from

http://www.coroparrocchialetassullo.it/Dermulo_file/DermuloStory/Genealogia/PretH.htm

first mentioned year 1218 .............I have seen no conclusive proof.

even using extensions to the surname of.... to, igo, otto, ato, is, olin, ol etc in the areas of northern Italy, there still seems less than 1000 people

The last in the area of the above was
l’ultimo dei Pret abitava a Tres già nel 1599, ..................1599 in the town of Tres.



although there is also a french part .................I cannot read french, but I was given this


Illustre et ancienne maison, originaire de la Marck dans les Ardennes et descendant des comtes d'Altemberg puissants au XIème siècle. Robert IV duc de Bouillon, maréchal de France, épousa le 19 janvier 1538 Françoise de Brezé comtesse de Malevrier, fille de Louis, gouverneur de Normandie et de Diane de Poitiers, duchesse de Valentinois, dame de la baronnie d'Arlempdes. Son fils ainé, Henri Robert duc de Bouillon, prince de Sedan, chevalier des ordres du roi, gouverneur de Normandie, baron d'Arlempdes (1583), fut le père de Charlotte duchesse de Bouillon, princesse de Sedan, marié le 15 octobre 1591 à Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne vicomte de Turenne, baron de Bouzols et des Etats du Velay, maréchal de France, etc.. Son second fils Charles-Robert, comte de Maulevrier, duc de Bouillon après son frère fut baron d'Arlempdes en Velay et vendit cette terre (1604), à François de Fléhard seigneur de Montiniral en Dauphiné.


EDIT: I just found 2371 in the french area of Vienne under the region of poitou
Vienne 2371 91.62%
Charente 76 2.94%
Deux Sèvres 71 2.74%
Charente Maritime 70 2.7%

Lirio100
08-26-2015, 10:19 PM
The two name system confused me initially when starting to research my family tree. I am not, but one branch is Ashkenazi, from then Pomerania. Their "trail" ends for me in Jastrow, when surnames were first adopted for this family in 1812 or so.

Gray Fox
08-27-2015, 12:45 AM
My surname is reputed to have Crusader origins, perhaps as a reward for servitude, explaining its Biblical origins. This is the family legend from members of the old country (County Devon). There is also the possibility that is derived of a Norman lord or Knight of some sort. For all I know, I could just be the descendant of a commoner who adopted a prestigious name :biggrin1:

At any rate here are my stats..

1,783rd most common
surname in the world

Approximately 303,964
people bear this surname

Nigeria 112,028 1: 1,594 187
Uganda 35,288 1: 1,002 100
United States 19,063 1: 16,801 2,120
Egypt 11,951 1: 7,278 872
Ghana 8,627 1: 3,135 466
Sudan 7,732 1: 4,823 567
Haiti 7,597 1: 1,414 176
Philippines 7,089 1: 14,120 1,506
Angola 6,603 1: 2,905 363
Brazil 6,233 1: 32,570 2,360

Scarlet Ibis
08-27-2015, 02:28 AM
My surname is reputed to have Crusader origins, perhaps as a reward for servitude, explaining its Biblical origins. This is the family legend from members of the old country (County Devon). There is also the possibility that is derived of a Norman lord or Knight of some sort. For all I know, I could just be the descendant of a commoner who adopted a prestigious name :biggrin1:

At any rate here are my stats..

1,783rd most common
surname in the world

Approximately 303,964
people bear this surname

Nigeria 112,028 1: 1,594 187
Uganda 35,288 1: 1,002 100
United States 19,063 1: 16,801 2,120
Egypt 11,951 1: 7,278 872
Ghana 8,627 1: 3,135 466
Sudan 7,732 1: 4,823 567
Haiti 7,597 1: 1,414 176
Philippines 7,089 1: 14,120 1,506
Angola 6,603 1: 2,905 363
Brazil 6,233 1: 32,570 2,360

True story: I think your surname is actually in my family tree. I might PM about it...not sure if we're related, but it's interesting to me. :)

Gray Fox
08-27-2015, 05:50 AM
True story: I think your surname is actually in my family tree. I might PM about it...not sure if we're related, but it's interesting to me. :)

Yes, please do! I prefer to leave no stone unturned!

Dubhthach
08-27-2015, 09:19 AM
yes, your right of course...in fact, when I was researching my little family history book, i found some facinating things about the root of our ancient Irish surname...after a longish description of the historical/mythical beginnings of the surname Faolain and its mention in the famous Irish Annals, I wrote...

"In any case, the original Faoláin noted in the Annals was the 19th direct descendant of Fiacha Suidhe who was in turn a younger son of the 108th Milesian Monarchs of Ireland Fedhlimidh (Felim) Rachtmar and seemingly the youngest brother of the 109th High King Conn Ceadcathach. Using very rough calculations, it seems our name first occurred around 820 A.D. Four generations later, Ó Faoláin is used as a surname in the Annals the very first time, and he is the Great Great grandson of the Faoláin. Not coincidentally, this occurs around 1070 A.D., just after the Norman Invasion of England and William the Conqueror’s instituting the practice of using Surnames.

This made it one of the first ever used surnames in Irish history, well, that's been recorded
anyway

I do suspect my Gma Whalen's 'religious' rule was more of a localized thing in the new country ( handful of Irish concentrated area's in southern Ontario)...it seems to me it would not be needed in Ireland, as everyone knew who everyone was, but as new immigrants, often thrown together by circumstance or by virtue of the cheapest land available, they might very well settle on a mutually agreeable tradition to help keep 'things straight'

Mike

Mike,

Some notes, the actual personal name is Faolán, which is combination of words Faol (wolf) with dimunitive suffix -án so litteral translation would be "Little Wolf", however that's been literal, so when I called my son Marcus I wasn't thinking he was going to be devotee of god Mars ;)

Irish like Latin and other European languages has a case system, so the "genitive case" (which marks possession) for Faolán is Faoláin (the i "slenderizes" the n, leading to slight difference in how it's prononuced). Genitive case is used when forming surnames so

ua Faoláin (grandson of Faoláin) eventually became Ua Faoláin (descendant of Faoláin -- eg. not restricted to just actual grandsons). In modern Irish Ua is generally written as Ó -- thence modern form of Ó Faoláin
Here's a clip of native speaker form Conamara pronouncing the name:
http://forvo.com/word/%C3%B3_faol%C3%A1in/

Anyways the plural for Ua/Ó is Uí, thence if you were to say Children of Faolán you would say "Clann Uí Fhaoláin" (fh = deletion/silent), "Uí" is also used by married women, "Mrs Whelan" is "Bean Uí Fhaoláin" (The woman of Ó Faoláin) -- Bean prononunced like english "ban"

Anyways as should be noted the Cambro-Norman's arrive in IReland 100 years after William the Conqueor (1169), the earliest strata of Irish surnames date to 10th century, with most of major ones in existence by mid 11th century.

King
08-27-2015, 03:30 PM
Surnames in tribal Arab communities is not a fixed concept in time, it varies between generations. If I'm not mistaken, a person's full surname would be: ibn/bint [father's name] ibn [grandfather's name] ibn [great grandfather's name], all the way to as far as you can go? And I think the short version of your surname would be your grandfather's name? Since in the west your surname is the same as your father's, I guess I adopted my great grandfather's name as a result. But I think my real surname would be my grandfather's name. In all honestly, I don't know. Regardless, since there is no continuity it doesn't mean much for me.

Anyways, I couldn't find the spelling of my surname on this site. However if I'm reading these other spellings correctly, then I guess its the same surname. The results show it is the most prevalent in Lebanon, and found in trivial amounts in Arab & first world countries.

Piquerobi
08-28-2015, 01:14 PM
My surname is reputed to have Crusader origins, perhaps as a reward for servitude, explaining its Biblical origins.

The same here. And people often think it comes from the "tribe". When I tell them it does not, somehow it only reinforces their belief in that.

Gray Fox
08-29-2015, 12:38 PM
The same here. And people often think it comes from the "tribe". When I tell them it does not, somehow it only reinforces their belief in that.

Oh yes, I have a few family member's who are, in spite of all the evidence pointing to the contrary, convinced that we had to be Jewish at some point in time. Because ya know, no one in western Europe ever took on Biblical names. Well, no one would ever think to take on the "hardcore/old testament" names such as mine unless they were of Hebrew descent :rolleyes:

Lirio100
08-29-2015, 04:00 PM
I learned a long time ago not to assume too much about names themselves, "hardcore" or not--I have a Hephzibah in my tree who belongs to a Presbyterian family. And for a long time we thought my great grandfather--who I knew was Jewish--came from the French speaking part of Alsace Lorraine because of his name!

seiha
09-03-2015, 08:34 AM
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Aquilifer
09-29-2015, 09:55 PM
Yeah, pretty rare:

781,698th most common
surname in the world
Approximately 236
people bear this surname

E_M81_I3A
10-30-2015, 05:40 PM
My surname (Mother's surname): 3,166th most common, Approximately 172,128 people bear this surname:

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
France 83,431 1: 791 7
Venezuela 19,467 1: 1,552 259
Haiti 16,305 1: 659 59
United States 7,478 1: 42,828 5,300
Belgium 6,421 1: 1,745 78
Madagascar 5,384 1: 3,949 651
Canada 4,224 1: 8,387 1,195
Argentina 2,075 1: 20,564 2,332
Cameroon 1,982 1: 10,286 1,806
Germany 1,916 1: 42,127 4,735

Most common variant, Old French origin, (15,756th most common surname in the world, Approximately 33,345 people bear this surname)

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
United States 22,613 1: 14,163 1,752
England 3,598 1: 15,008 2,226
Australia 1,909 1: 12,345 1,677
South Africa 1,589 1: 33,985 4,119
Canada 1,339 1: 26,458 3,494
New Zealand 301 1: 15,105 2,502
Wales 260 1: 11,923 1,521
Ireland 235 1: 19,545 2,023
Germany 235 1: 343,472 43,536
Mexico 209 1: 572,790 17,404

Father's surname (11,179th most common, Approximately 47,966 people bear this surname):

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
Algeria 28,204 1: 1,372 113
Tunisia 10,501 1: 1,037 131
Morocco 5,638 1: 5,915 759
France 2,180 1: 30,256 3,622
Saudi Arabia 346 1: 86,689 9,426
Germany 269 1: 300,059 38,477
Belgium 230 1: 48,705 7,981
Spain 121 1: 384,362 23,229
United Arab Emirates 107 1: 88,280 9,004
Canada 85 1: 416,794 37,909

Varun R
10-30-2015, 09:48 PM
Common.
257th most common
surname in the world
Approximately 1,841,408
people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:China
Highest density in: Pakistan

China 773,425 1: 1,766 156
India 503,920 1: 2,477 161
Pakistan 397,662 1: 473 82
United States 18,700 1: 17,127 2,155
Malaysia 14,924 1: 2,026 275
Ethiopia 12,649 1: 6,953 855
Saudi Arabia 11,851 1: 2,531 257
United Arab Emirates 10,802 1: 874 42
Nigeria 8,406 1: 21,237 2,949
Oman 7,056 1: 565 32
Kenya 6,591 1: 6,910 872
England 6,216 1: 8,687 1,255
Uganda 5,414 1: 6,531 1,190
Bangladesh 4,813 1: 32,579 2,127
Italy 4,345 1: 13,984 2,174
Germany 3,833 1: 21,058 2,147
Afghanistan 3,480 1: 7,478 887
Vietnam 3,378 1: 26,557 760
Singapore 2,945 1: 1,833 197
Rwanda 2,315 1: 4,552 736
Kuwait 2,177 1: 1,408 104
Australia 2,132 1: 11,054 1,500
Canada 2,070 1: 17,115 2,406
Qatar 1,858 1: 1,170 55
Taiwan 1,738 1: 13,463 329
Nepal 1,699 1: 15,594 735
Angola 1,601 1: 11,982 1,185
Ghana 1,518 1: 17,815 2,148
Zambia 1,506 1: 9,976 1,173
Fiji 1,483 1: 579 45
Poland 1,432 1: 26,883 4,137
Bahrain 1,417 1: 871 65
Libya 1,350 1: 4,632 545
Argentina 1,239 1: 34,439 4,148
South Africa 1,078 1: 50,095 6,027
Sri Lanka 1,043 1: 19,442 2,435
........etc.

firemonkey
10-30-2015, 11:55 PM
Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
India 251 1: 4,972,191 90,573
France 245 1: 269,220 40,824
Australia 128 1: 184,111 19,821
United States 112 1: 2,859,555 173,310
England 108 1: 500,000 38,707
Peru 85 1: 362,520 14,725
United Arab Emirates 54 1: 174,926 17,601
Russia 6 1: 24,344,733 615,517
Brazil 3 1: 67,668,667 119,730
China 2 1: 683,095,000 20,595

295,622nd most common
surname in the world
Approximately 1,016
people bear this surname

Anglo- Virginian
10-31-2015, 03:15 AM
My own surname actually is of Old English derivation, as this link will show: 6483

Here is some more statistical information about the name and its origins: 6484

It seems to come from a Saxon named Godwin, whose story of a confrontation with a somewhat significant Dane is accounted here: 6485

wombatofthenorth
12-09-2015, 07:18 AM
My mom's maiden name:
3,743,211st most common surname in the world - 7 occurrences world wide
:)

wombatofthenorth
12-09-2015, 07:29 AM
one of my 3x great-grandmother's maiden name:
655,531st most common surname in the world
Approximately 315 people bear this surname (0 with the old spelling in the church records)

another one of my 3x great-grandmother's maiden name:
4,212,999th most common surname in the world
Approximately 5 people bear this surname (none of them in a country remotely related to us)

another possibly spelling for it does worse:
6,300,947th most common surname in the world
Approximately 1 people bear this surname (in a melting pot country where it tells you nothing)

OTOH in the original form as written in the church books (not written in the native language and not in the form someone in the country would have it today):
41,510th most common surname in the world
Approximately 11,742 people bear this surname

EDIT: I did find a form as used in the country currently, apparently it's one of the unusual names that the female form only it seems:
695,836th most common surname in the world
Approximately 285 people bear this surname

Mamluk
12-09-2015, 03:55 PM
Mine ranks 901,483rd, with 183 people bearing the surname.
Highest prevalence and density in: Jordan

In 2014:
Jordan- 154 1: 42,982
USA- 23 1: 13,924,790
UAE - 2 1: 4,723,000
England, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore each have incidence of 1.

It is a rare, medieval surname dating to the late 13th century, in a military outpost in Upper Galilee in north Palestine. The number of family members remained small for centuries, only growing to present numbers in the past 75 years, after they relocated to Jordan and Syria.

Every single one of us is related by paternal ancestry, the majority of these 183 are descended from a single person, my great-grandfather. I know the rest of these people personally, or I know the father or grandfather. The one in Singapore is my brother, but he has since relocated to Dubai, bringing the UAE tally to 3. The one in England is a college student, the one in Saudi Arabia is her father, working there on a long-term contract. There are more cousins working on contracts in Qatar, descended from a common great-great-great grandfather in Palestine, and his descendants went to Homs, Syria, but they spell their name slightly differently. There are a good number in Homs, Syria, which is not able to be accounted for. One distant cousin settled in Kharkiv, Ukraine, and started a family there. The ones in the USA are my father, two of the brothers, and their descendants.

vettor
12-09-2015, 04:59 PM
mine

Italy 134 1: 453,450 53,156
Canada 11 1: 3,220,684 189,966
Australia 7 1: 3,366,600 153,990
France 1 1: 65,959,000 277,603

but numbers seems wrong, because I recently got 7 different towns in france with my surname, persons Christian name and contact phone numbers.


but if I remove the Venetian extension , I have
Approximately 12,531
people bear this surname

PLogan
12-16-2015, 01:53 AM
Logan

3,619th most common surname in the world

Approximately 150,408 people bear this surname

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
United States 76,930 1: 4,163 444
England 10,728 1: 5,034 645
Canada 8,127 1: 4,359 556
Liberia 6,426 0.516666667 86
Australia 6,304 1: 3,738 460
Philippines 4,576 1: 21,875 2,688
Scotland 4,509 1: 1,175 147
South Africa 4,073 1: 13,259 1,627
Afghanistan 2,847 1: 9,141 1,061
Northern Ireland 2,015 0.661805556 139


There are 10 variations of the name that account for another 1,514 incidence

Darko
12-16-2015, 02:29 AM
25,878th most common
surname in the world

Approximately 19,722
people bear this surname

Most prevalent in: Egypt
Highest density in:Tunisia


Egypt 8,274 1: 10,513 1,205
Tunisia 5,845 1: 1,863 334
Syria 2,058 1: 10,684 1,727
Algeria 1,071 1: 36,134 6,433
Morocco 738 1: 45,190 6,990
Saudi Arabia 616 1: 48,692 5,603
France 404 1: 163,265 24,414
Lebanon 188 1: 26,415 2,996
Kuwait 104 1: 29,479 3,572
Israel 94 1: 87,302 11,321

crossover
12-16-2015, 02:39 AM
i have no clue how common mines is or my mom's maiden name are. I just know one surname on her tree, villaneda, is really rare.

WFG80
12-26-2015, 08:02 AM
Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
United States 4,496 1:71,234 8,338
Canada 7 1: 5,061,07 240,218
Germany 3 1: 26,905,333 90,215
Spain 1 1: 46,507,800 151,601
Northern Ireland 1 1: 1,800,000 8,430
Monaco 1 1: 36,950 2,309
Mexico 1 1: 119,713,203 56,169
Kazakhstan 1 1: 17,285,000 199,150
Egypt 1 1: 86,983,800 25,721
American Samoa 1 1: 55,519 846

MacUalraig
12-26-2015, 08:26 AM
Big in Ireland.

Ireland 16,706 1: 275 19
Northern Ireland 4,495 1: 400 32
Scotland 8,381 1: 632 53
Australia 25,568 1: 922 72
Canada 28,842 1: 1,228 81
New Zealand 4,000 1: 1,137 97
England 33,276 1: 1,623 139

I'm intrigued by Liberia though:
Liberia 7,115 1: 618 74

Táltos
12-26-2015, 03:37 PM
My surname ranks 1,443,582nd most common surname in the world. Approximately 73 people bear this surname. Top countries are the United States 69, and Canada 4. Hmm, I wonder how many of these could actually be Q1b?

If I use the original Lithuanian spelling it comes in as the 811,965th most common surname in the world. Approximately 220 people bear this surname.
Lithuania 135
United States
Russia 17
Canada 7
England 2
Belgium 1
France 1
Switzerland 1

psaglav
12-26-2015, 03:53 PM
7057

There is no exact match of my surname. And there is only my family in my country, as far as I know. We're 6 or 7 people total. I'm not completely sure of its meaning either, but a Northwestern Caucasian linguist once had a theory about it. Otherwise it doesn't have a meaning that I know of.

Little bit
12-26-2015, 08:43 PM
My father's surname - Curry:
5,125th most common
surname in the world

Approximately 106,635
people bear this surname

Most prevalent in:United States
Highest density in:The Bahamas

United States 82,461 1: 3,884 408
England 7,609 1: 7,097 1,002
Canada 3,494 1: 10,140 1,495
Australia 3,017 1: 7,811 1,036
South Africa 1,479 1: 36,513 4,407
The Bahamas 1,318 1: 267 50
Northern Ireland 1,168 1: 1,541 301
Philippines 967 1: 103,515 15,208
Ireland 934 1: 4,918 754
New Zealand 720 1: 6,315 986

My mother's surname - Griffith:

4,362nd most common
surname in the world

Approximately 124,993
people bear this surname

Most prevalent in:United States
Highest density in:Barbados

United States 90,891 1: 3,524 359
England 7,184 1: 7,517 1,059
Canada 4,192 1: 8,451 1,207
Australia 3,136 1: 7,515 991
Barbados 2,675 1: 107 4
Guyana 2,281 1: 344 28
Wales 1,761 1: 1,760 169
Trinidad and Tobago 1,701 1: 781 99
South Africa 1,589 1: 33,985 4,119
Germany 1,076 1: 75,015 9,081

My Curry's are a brick wall in Elk Fork, Kentucky 1872 but my Griffith's trace to 1729 in Cardigan Wales, immigrated in 1751 to Virginia.

AnnieD
12-26-2015, 09:11 PM
Paternal surname "Taylor" - 363rd most common surname in the world. Approximately 1,358,811 people bear this surname.
Wow, there are a lot of us. ;) Do I win the lowest count in the thread thus far?

And my most high-yield surnames at 23andMe:
- By count: Smith, Jones, Davis, Taylor & Miller
- By "Enrichment": Lindsey, Dobbins, Taylor, Howard, Massey & Bowles.
With all of this ubiquitous commonality, what is amusing is that no one has ever asked why we aren't "Tailors" by vocation. Maybe my kin were afraid to compete with the Nordstrom department mecca. :) Many of this kin, however, were textile mill workers before it moved overseas.

Celtarion
01-10-2016, 12:40 AM
My surname is a typical old breton surname francised few centuries ago meaning the foreigner. It is the first surname in Brittany but my surname and all variations would surely change the results/ranking. It has been found for the first time in old Breton Cartulary in 1084.

23,553rd most common surname in the world
Approximately 21,833 people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:France
Highest density in:French Polynesia

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
France 20,304 1: 3,249 186
Germany 336 1: 240,226 31,047
Switzerland 189 1: 43,179 6,292
French Polynesia 178 1: 1,507 152
England 151 1: 357,616 30,207
New Caledonia 121 1: 2,140 122
Australia 91 1: 258,969 26,056
Canada 78 1: 454,199 40,845
Spain 62 1: 750,126 36,559
United States 55 1: 5,823,094 292,117

Blitz
02-05-2016, 01:43 AM
My surname is unique. Makes it both a hassle to find matches and in a way easier cause well, what's the chances you're not related somehow to someone with the same name. It's how I found out I'm related to an actual muscian, singer. His stature, and some other traits I'd say is rather old blood [as in really old], explains why my father was the largest & broadest in his family [everyone comments how dad is a big man, and "uncle" is likewise a big man].


Actual spelling - 2,821,931st most common surname in the world -- apparently, I'm one of a unlucky 13 with that name.

Most common & most accurate alternative spelling [you change 2 letters] - 964,258th most common surname in the world - 162 people.

Other alternatives that I never really thought of, but which that website gives options for, apparently extinct. So yeah.

rod
02-05-2016, 02:33 AM
The American (mis)spelling of my surname is 42,241st most common surname in the world.
The spelling used by my English ancestor is 74,092nd most common surname in the world.
The original(?) French variation is 142,324th most common surname in the world.

JohnHowellsTyrfro
02-05-2016, 07:31 AM
Howell or Howells although said to be of Welsh in origin, isn't that common in Wales. It's 3,162 in the World. Powell is a different variation. This link which interestingly, suggests an English origin, shows world distribution :- https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwi2ns3PhuDKAhXJXBQKHRMbBsgQFggfMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fforebears.co.uk%2Fsurnames%2Fhowe ll&usg=AFQjCNH6VizKRvz15UZNj3-xv6rrKLW1KQ&sig2=gYRHS5gfciVZcmg6gx9NtQ

This description from the surname database is more typical of other descriptions of the origins of Howells which I have seen (any thoughts welcome) :-
"This distinguished name, also spelt Howels, is a patronymic form of the Old Welsh personal name "Hywel", first recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle of 926 A.D., with the mention of "Huwal West Wala cyning" - Howell, King of the West Welsh. The name translates as "the eminent one" and was popular throughout the Middle Ages and thereafter, in honour of this great law giving King. Known as Howel Dda, or "The Good", his laws survive in Latin manuscripts at Peniarth, and the Welsh "Black Book of Chirk". The Old Breton name Huwel or Howael, introduced direct from Brittany to the Welsh - English border counties, may in some instances have given rise to the surname. One Robert Howeles was recorded in the 1210, Curia Regis Rolls of Northamptonshire, and a John Houeles, witness, in the 1280 Assize Court Rolls of Somerset. On December 23rd 1764, Oliver Howells and Alice Powell were married in Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Geffrei Hoel, which was dated circa 1100 - 1130, in the "Old English Names Register", during the reign of King Henry 1st, known as "The Lion of Justice", 1100 - 1135. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Read more: http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Howells#ixzz3zH9cREKd
"
From a personal perspective I've found the suggested connection to Brittany interesting because my own paternal family were from the Welsh Border area.

Jane Doe
03-21-2016, 06:49 PM
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Anath
03-24-2016, 04:36 AM
Annand was my birth surname, from mother dear.. xD

According to forebears.io:
144,968th most common surname in the world, Approximately 2,627 people bear this surname.
Definition / Local: from the river Annan in Scotland (a namesake of the goddess Anann/Anand).

Jesse1961
03-30-2016, 03:21 AM
ALVAREZ

Mexico 557,332 1: 215 24
Spain 288,183 1: 161 16
Colombia 243,414 1: 196 21
Argentina 162,006 1: 263 11
United States 159,182 1: 2,012 178
Venezuela 143,520 1: 210 21
Cuba 101,010 1: 111 10
Peru 87,010 1: 354 46
Guatemala 86,224 1: 183 25
Chile 79,586 1: 223 25
Ecuador 59,763 1: 264 24
Bolivia 35,761 1: 280 33
Dominican Republic 34,608 1: 300 57
Honduras 33,903 1: 252 46
Costa Rica 29,800 1: 157 37
Brazil 28,206 1: 7,197 662
Nicaragua 26,800 1: 227 41
El Salvador 20,759 1: 308 61
Paraguay 17,463 1: 388 74
Uruguay 14,399 1: 228 15
Puerto Rico 12,489 1: 289 51
France 10,262 1: 6,427 485
Panama 9,218 1: 369 53
England 3,458 1: 15,616 2,295
Canada 3,130 1: 11,319 1,636
Italy 3,057 1: 19,876 3,295
Haiti 2,965 1: 3,624 522
Switzerland 2,062 1: 3,958 302
Philippines 1,912 1: 52,353 7,762

I am from Philippines...

Huntergatherer1066
04-02-2016, 08:20 PM
Godfrey became a very popular surname in some sub-Saharan African nations

According to Forebears, it is 1,813th most common surname in the world, approximately 300,462
people bear this surname

Uganda 116,318 1: 304 6
Nigeria 47,990 1: 3,720 537
Tanzania 38,696 1: 1,161 131
United States 33,794 1: 9,477 1,135
England 14,509 1: 3,722 461
Kenya 11,456 1: 3,976 523
South Africa 9,479 1: 5,697 721
Sudan 7,216 1: 5,168 608
Australia 4,969 1: 4,743 610
Canada 3,579 1: 9,899 1,448

There are quite a few other related spelling variations such as Gottfried, Geoffroi etc; we've been able to find some genetic links between some of these variants so far in the Godfrey project.

gmad
04-05-2016, 02:30 PM
7,365th most common surname in the world
Approximately 73,466 people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:United States
Highest density in:Ireland

Nation in which the surname occurs
Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
United States 41,897 1: 7,644 891
England 7,996 1: 6,753 947
Australia 6,174 1: 3,817 471
Ireland 5,143 1: 893 143
Canada 3,084 1: 11,488 1,659
South Africa 1,753 1: 30,805 3,732
Northern Ireland 1,097 1: 1,641 308
Jamaica 1,089 1: 2,496 376
Scotland 991 1: 5,348 826
New Zealand 736 1: 6,178 961

Claymore2
04-05-2016, 08:09 PM
Paternal

1,893,094th most common
185 people apparently
Most prevalent in:England
Highest density in:United Arab Emirates

England 1: 775,923
Canada 1: 705,180
United Arab Emirates 1: 410,454 < this gets a little chuckle as our name is actually British, European roots, but we do love the heat [a number of relatives are engineers in that general area].
USA 1: 32,000,018
New Zealand 1: 923,050


Maternal

76,597th most common surname in the world
Approximately 5,785 people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:England
Highest density in:Isle of Man

England 1: 22,670
United States 1: 208,238
Australia 1: 40,843
Canada 1: 126,077
Northern Ireland 1: 8,867
France 1: 540,648
Argentina 1: 406,376
Scotland 1: 54,082
New Zealand 1: 49,421
Ireland 1: 56,013

blinketyblink
05-21-2016, 06:01 PM
3,446th most common
surname in the world
Approximately 157,364
people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:United States
Highest density in:Ireland

it's a very common, very irish name with a very irish-american pronounciation

geebee
05-22-2016, 02:25 AM
In the United States, my paternal surname was ranked 134,127th in the 2000 Census. It's actually a uniquely American name, with two principle variants: Bookhammer and Bookhamer. One can also find Bookheimer, Bookamer, and a number of other forms.

My family uses the double-m variation, which is handy since it allows me to tell people that my name is simply the words "book" and "hammer", run together. I have to be careful, though, because there have been people who ended up spelling my surname as "Bookanhammer".

Although one of my uncles used to say our branch of the family are the smart ones (because we can spell "hammer"), the one and two m versions of the name actually used to be interchangeable. For example, the 1850 Census put my 3rd great grandfather down as "Bookhamer", and even as recently as my great grandfather's time, members of my branch sometimes appeared under both spellings ... generally at different times, but occasionally within the same document.

Oddly enough, the original German form of the name appears as both Buchhammer and Buchhamer, as well as Buchamer and Buchheimer. My understanding is that the key difference between Buchheimer and Buchhammer, in fact, is simply that the latter reflects the Austro-Bavarian dialect.

Forebears.io reports a "global incidence" of 90 for the name Bookhammer, but over double that (189) for the single m variation. By contrast, Buchhammer has a global incidence of 1025, but Buchhamer has only 98. The surname is most prevalent in Germany, but has the highest density in Austria.

The "Bookhammer" (and "Bookhamer") form first seems to have been used at the very end of the 18th century, in eastern Pennsylvania, or at the very beginning of the 19th century. However, there are also Buchhammers (and similar forms) in America, and these may or may not be related -- but appear to reflect a significantly later immigration.

(The Buchhammer/Buchhamer variants can also be found in Latin America.)

surbakhunWeesste
05-22-2016, 02:44 AM
LOL @ 5

http://i.imgur.com/BLZyaoR.png

geebee
05-22-2016, 02:49 AM
My mother's family name of Weaver is quite a bit more common, ranking 3,071st in the world. Reportedly, there are about 178,208 people with the name.

However, people should be cautious about making too much of the frequency of a surname as an indicator of how many people bear the name. Some have questioned how there can be so many "German Americans" when there are no German surnames among the top 100 surnames in America. The closest might be Myers, at 101.

The trouble is, many of the "English" surnames among the top 100 are inflated. That it, they include many similar surnames from other nationalities. A classic example is "Smith", but another example is my mother's family name. Her forebears were not English (or British) Weavers, but German Webers -- and "Weber" is in fact the 5th most common German surname.

Besides the fact that many originally-German surnames were either transformed into English translations or English sound-a-likes, quite a few common German surnames have many variants. For example, the most common German surname is Müller. But you also see Möller, at number 46. Then there's Mayer, Meyer, Meier, and Maier.

In addition, German surnames may include characters not used in English -- as in the case of the previously-mentioned Müller and Möller. In America, either of these names might become Miller and thus add to the ranking of that name (which is 7th in the U.S.), or they can become Mueller or Muller or Moeller or Moller or Mohler.

For my own less-than-common surname, I've found at least fourteen different variants in use in the U.S. -- and that's without counting either Buchhammer or Buchhamer. (The weirdest one I found was "Bughammer".)

geebee
05-22-2016, 02:52 AM
LOL @ 5

http://i.imgur.com/BLZyaoR.png

Yep, that's pretty rare.

I have to say, though, that it's necessary for me to watch myself in public. I mean, I would anyway ... but so far as I've ever discovered, my first and last name combination are completely unique (out of all the billions of people in the world ... or at least those with any online presence).

khanabadoshi
05-22-2016, 03:22 AM
Pakistan

6,035
1: 31,155
1,714


Indonesia
297
1: 849,040
34,178


United States
195
1: 1,642,411
112,467


India
156
1: 8,000,128
123,015


Canada
91
1: 389,313
36,026


Italy
56
1: 1,085,041
85,668


Azerbaijan
21
1: 451,290
9,954


Russia
19
1: 7,687,811
353,279


Estonia
3
1: 438,606
5,332


Turkey
2
1: 38,333,932
41,879



65,967th most commonsurname in the worldApproximately 6,889people bear this surnameMost prevalent in:Pakistan
Highest density in:Pakistan

surbakhunWeesste
05-22-2016, 03:50 AM
Yep, that's pretty rare.

I have to say, though, that it's necessary for me to watch myself in public. I mean, I would anyway ... but so far as I've ever discovered, my first and last name combination are completely unique (out of all the billions of people in the world ... or at least those with any online presence).

Perhaps this tool is useful mostly for people of European origin and secondly major population of my tribe had to flee Afghanistan due to prosecution, war before the existence of Pakistan and to elsewhere.There is also many variation to my lastname and its rather a tribal umbrella term. Its all Cool ;).

When I change the spelling
http://i.imgur.com/jwb1j28.png

For my mother's lastname
http://i.imgur.com/GqRRVR7.png

This is sorta useless for people like me.

It gets scary when you google your name (esp, when its unique) and it shows your address history and relatives and what not. I do watch out for myself.

RobertCasey
05-22-2016, 07:17 AM
United States
78,894
1: 4,059
430


England
11,739
1: 4,600
575


Ireland
10,012
1: 459
56


Australia
8,849
1: 2,663
321


Canada
5,089
1: 6,962
991


South Africa
2,100
1: 25,715
3,092


Philippines
1,611
1: 62,134
9,133


Northern Ireland
1,502
1: 1,198
210


New Zealand
1,430
1: 3,180
449


Argentina
1,135
1: 37,594
4,597



It appears that my Irish name (Casey) has just as many ancestors in England as in Ireland - oh well. With 8 times as many in the US than in Ireland, the statistics may get a little biased to those that left Ireland earlier :) I have not had anyone from Argentina, South Africa, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or the Philippines test to date in my FTDNA project (a little over 100 tested at 67 markers to date). This shows a bias of only US and Irish testers to date. Also, none claim English ancestry which is why the FTDNA geographic origins is probably off substantially since people in the US assume an Irish ancestry due to the surname only (I left mine as South Carolina but most of my genetic cousins put in Ireland).

Here is my "Scandinavian" line (Olliff) which turned out to be yet another English line:



United States
619
1: 517,399
44,150


England
151
1: 357,616
30,207


New Zealand
114
1: 39,884
6,534



Australia
32
1: 736,444
58,491


Canada
25
1: 1,417,101
103,933


United Arab Emirates
1
1: 9,446,000
83,428


Serbia
1
1: 7,146,759
37,779

MattL
05-22-2016, 07:44 AM
Very fascinating, great site

My surname is Langley... Was a bit surprised that the highest frequency and ranking of Langley is in Sierra Leon... by a significant margin too.

Summary:

8,969th most common surname in the world
Approximately 60,121people bear this surname


Top 5 Frequency
1. Sierra Leone - 1: 1,852
2. England - 1: 4,759
3. Wales - 1: 5,082
4. New Zealand - 1: 6,161
5. Australia - 1: 7,312

Top 5 Rank in Nation
1. Sierra Leone - 226
2. Wales - 600
3. England - 606
4. New Zealand - 958
5. Australia - 964

Top 5 Incidence
1. United States - 31,381
2. England - 11,347
3. South Africa - 4,749
4. Sierra Leone - 3,343
5. Australia - 3,223


United States 31,381 1: 10,206 1,221
England 11,347 1: 4,759 606
South Africa 4,749 1: 11,371 1,409
Sierra Leone 3,343 1: 1,852 226
Australia 3,223 1: 7,312 964
Canada 2,144 1: 16,524 2,330
New Zealand 738 1: 6,161 958
Wales 610 1: 5,082 600
Scotland 518 1: 10,232 1,455
Jamaica 286 1: 9,503 1,091

A Norfolk L-M20
06-10-2016, 03:31 AM
25,256th most common

surname in the world


Approximately 20,267

people bear this surname


England 6,539 1: 8,258 1,179

United States 5,861 1: 54,644 6,582

Australia 2,672 1: 8,820 1,190

South Africa 1,370 1: 39,418 4,773

Canada 1,256 1: 28,207 3,686

New Zealand 670 1: 6,786 1,081

Scotland 315 1: 16,825 2,233

Wales 260 1: 11,923 1,521

Taiwan 232 1: 100,855 1,368

France 196 1: 336,526 50,564

Jesse1961
06-10-2016, 12:34 PM
My maternal surname (Acero)...

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in nation
Colombia 27,357 1: 1,745 360
Philippines 7,476 1: 13,389 1,395
Mexico 6,622 1: 18,078 1,591
Peru 5,557 1: 5,545 854
Spain 3,844 1: 12,099 1,353
Venezuela 2,785 1: 10,846 1,111
United States 1,469 1: 218,019 21,590
Ecuador 1,358 1: 11,638 1,456
Argentina 851 1: 50,140 6,189
Bolivia 778 1: 12,889 1,476

MikeWhalen
06-10-2016, 01:36 PM
my version of the Whalen/Phalen/Whelan Irish name is the least common of the 'major' ones (Whalen) and the machine says...

Whalen Surname Meaning & Statistics
14,533rd most common
surname in the world
Approximately 36,295
people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:United States
29,434 people in United States had the surname Whalen in 2014
Highest density in:Canada

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
United States 29,434 1: 10,881 1,315
Canada 5,532 1: 6,404 904
England 559 1: 96,601 11,178
Australia 420 1: 56,110 6,861
Scotland 151 1: 35,099 3,984
New Zealand 90 1: 50,519 7,953
Netherlands 31 1: 543,994 52,947
Spain 8 1: 5,813,475 103,759
China 7 1: 195,170,000 6,072
Bermuda 6 1: 10,706 1,346

when checking the original spelling that my furthest Y line ancestor used 'Whealen'
Whealen Incidence or occurs in 2014 =108

as a side note, I know that when you include all the variations, it is the 49th most common surname in Ireland

Just out of interest, checking out what I think is the most common spelling of my surname and you see alot more of us Celtic 'Wolves'

Whelan Surname Meaning & Statistics
9,785th most common
surname in the world
Approximately 55,009
people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:United States
Highest density in:Ireland


Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
United States 15,226 1: 21,034 2,644
Ireland 12,911 1: 356 38
England 10,250 1: 5,268 685
Australia 5,338 1: 4,415 559
Canada 3,834 1: 9,240 1,339
South Africa 2,520 1: 21,429 2,575
New Zealand 691 1: 6,580 1,039
Scotland 676 1: 7,840 1,163
Germany 672 1: 120,113 15,276
Wales 576 1: 5,382 643

Mike

JMcB
06-10-2016, 03:32 PM
While my surname is now spelled McBryde, it was spelled the more tradional way (McBride) up until the 1820s. So I went with those numbers. McBryde/McBride is derived from Mac Giolla Brighde which means: Son of a follower of St.Brigid.

McBride is the:
5,264th most common
surname in the world

Approximately 104,030
people bear this surname


Country - Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
United States70,604 1: 4,536 496
England 8,405 1: 6,425 894
Canada 6,198 1: 5,716 803
Australia 3,645 1: 6,465 844
Scotland 3,196 1: 1,658 236
Northern Ireland-3,183 1: 566 66
South Africa-1,735 1: 31,125 3,775
Ireland 1,419 1: 3,237 518
New Zealand- 1,108 1: 4,104 609
Germany 1,009 1: 79,996. 9,745

astondive
06-10-2016, 03:55 PM
25,284th Most common name
Approximately 20,250. people bear this surname in 2014.


Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
India 17,642 1: 70,741 3,054
Philippines 580 1: 172,584 23,224
France 514 1: 128,325 18,853
Mexico 262 1: 456,921 14,944
England 204 1: 264,706 24,100
Belgium 171 1: 65,509 10,721
Australia 167 1: 141,115 15,893
Argentina 134 1: 318,429 36,751
Malaysia 101 1: 299,337 15,665
Greece 98 1: 113,500 19,607
South Africa 73 1: 739,753 56,973
Italy 56 1: 1,085,041 85,668
United States 46 1: 6,962,395 331,545
Thailand 40 1: 1,611,418 2,848
New Zealand 31 1: 146,669 17,064
Scotland 20 1: 265,000 18,457
United States Virgin Islands 18 1: 5,911 886
Indonesia 17 1: 14,833,224 324,631
Canada 9 1: 3,936,392 212,166
Cayman Islands 7 1: 7,922 1,005
Maldives 4 1: 79,320 3,608
Turkey 3 1: 25,555,955 35,789
Democratic Republic of The Congo 3 1: 23,120,000 3,041
Egypt 3 1: 28,994,600 14,193
Costa Rica 3 1: 1,555,699 10,686
United Arab Emirates 2 1: 4,723,000 52,939
Uruguay 2 1: 1,643,157 14,408
Solomon Islands 2 1: 290,672 261
Spain 2 1: 23,253,900 131,225
Oman 2 1: 1,994,149 6,900
Dominican Republic 2 1: 5,189,134 5,443
Fiji 2 1: 429,019 2,151
Mozambique 2 1: 11,850,358 3,670
Ireland 2 1: 2,296,550 19,046
Guatemala 2 1: 7,903,338 5,671
Germany 2 1: 40,358,000 118,441
Dominica 1 1: 71,293 746
Grenada 1 1: 103,328 1,970
Kyrgyzstan 1 1: 5,824,000 101,414
Denmark 1 1: 5,639,719 49,101
New Caledonia 1 1: 258,958 2,724
Colombia 1 1: 47,726,000 24,771
Chile 1 1: 17,773,000 34,581
Belize 1 1: 349,728 1,879
Bangladesh 1 1: 156,805,000 10,958
Netherlands 1 1: 16,863,800 118,015
Gabon 1 1: 1,711,000 2,715
Pakistan 1 1: 188,020,000 17,768
Poland 1 1: 38,496,000 58,885
Portugal 1 1: 10,477,800 21,562
Madagascar 1 1: 21,263,403 2,935
Singapore 1 1: 5,399,200 36,678
Jersey 1 1: 99,000 3,071
Tunisia 1 1: 10,886,500 14,644
Japan 1 1: 127,100,000 29,046
Uganda 1 1: 35,357,000 13,447
Wales 1 1: 3,100,000 18,969
Mauritania 1 1: 3,461,041 38,063

cvolt
06-27-2016, 02:12 PM
My paternal line came to America in the 1900's from I don't know where, I'm guessing it was changed to sound more American.

1,546,875th most common
surname in the world

Approximately 63
people bear this surname

United States 57
Germany 3
Netherlands 2
Italy 1

Webb
06-27-2016, 04:17 PM
Webb Surname Meaning & Statistics

1,806th most common surname in the world

Approximately 301,296 people bear this surname

Most prevalent in:
United States

Highest density in:
Cayman Islands


Country/ Incidence/ Frequency/ Rank in Nation

United States 187,426 1: 1,709 134
England 46,505 1: 1,161 87
Australia 21,470 1: 1,098 89
South Africa 12,931 1: 4,176 533
Canada 11,893 1: 2,979 350
New Zealand 2,949 1: 1,542 165
Wales 2,551 1: 1,215 101
Scotland 2,140 1: 2,477 402
Jamaica 1,910 1: 1,423 229
Northern Ireland 1,049 1: 1,716 321
France 882 1: 74,783 10,342
Mexico 838 1: 142,856 6,594
Ireland 786 1: 5,844 849

Webb. —This name is confined south of a line drawn from the Wash to the Dee. It is most numerous in Somerset and Wilts, in the west of England; but is also well represented in Suffolk in the east of England and in Northamptonshire in the midlands.
— Homes of Family Names in Great Britain (1890) by Henry Brougham Guppy

Anglo-Saxon webba, a weaver. H.R. Le Webbe.
— Patronymica Britannica, written: 1838-1860 by Mark Antony Lower

geebee
06-27-2016, 06:42 PM
Bookhammer

1,307,346th most common surname in the world. It is an Americanization of Buchhammer, and first came to be used in the late 18th century. Rank in U.S. is 204,157th.

Other spellings include:

Bookhamer, Bookammer, Bookheimer

Buchhammer is 293,667th most common surname in the world. Its highest incidence -- but only second highest frequency -- is in Germany, followed by Argentina. Highest frequency of the name -- and second highest incidence -- is in Austria, at 1: 81,212. One variant is Buchhamer.

The website claims that only 90 people bear the name, but I'm reasonably certain there are more of us than that. However, the name is uncommon enough that my first and last names together are likely to be as unique an identifier as my Social Security number.

EDIT: I thought this looked familiar! I posted here before. :\

geebee
07-01-2016, 02:47 PM
Near the other end of the spectrum, there's my mother's surname:

Weaver

3,071st most common in the world, 194th in the U.S.

In this case, the name is also an Americanization, of Weber.

geebee
07-01-2016, 03:31 PM
Looking at surnames of all of my great grandparents:

Bookhammer (p. grandfather's father) -- originally Buchhammer, probably from Austria by way of Germany


Discussed in previous post.

Mogle (p. grandfather's mother) -- from Germany; uncertain of original spelling


279,008th in world, 40,516th in U.S. Worldwide incidence of 1,100. Highest density is in Germany.

Fry (p. grandmother's father) -- from the U.K.


7,050th in world, 873rd in U.S. Worldwide incidence of 76,861. Highest density is on the channel isle of Jersey.

Yingling (p. grandmother's mother) -- from Germany, probably originally spelled Jüngling


89,268th in world, 7,872nd in U.S. Worldwide incidence of 4,811. Highest density is in American Samoa.

Weaver (m. grandfather's legal father, but probably not his bio father) -- originally Weber, from Germany; or possibly Wever, from Netherlands

Muncy (m. grandfather's probable bio father) -- likely from U.K.


78,478th in world, 5,615th in U.S. Worldwide incidence of 5,615. Highest density (and greatest prevalence) in U.S.

Koch (m. grandfather's mother) -- from Germany


1,418th in world, 588th in U.S. Worldwide incidence of 376,929. Highest density and greatest prevalence is in Germany, where the name ranks 13th.

Pons (m. grandmother's father) -- from Balearic island of Menorca


6,126th in world, 12,269 in U.S. Worldwide incidence of 88,938. Greatest prevalence is in Spain, but highest density is in Andorra.

Cannette (m. grandmother's mother) -- originally Canet, from Balearic island of Menorca


Modified to Cannette in French Louisiana. 1,286,513th in world, 200,863th in U.S. Worldwide incidence is 93. Greatest prevalence and highest density are both in U.S.

Canet


64,647th in world, 7,053th in U.S. Worldwide incidence of 7,053. Greatest prevalence is in France; highest density is in Andorra.

wombatofthenorth
07-02-2016, 04:54 AM
My mom's maiden name:
3,743,211st most common surname in the world - 7 occurrences world wide
:)

And actually 3 of the 7 are from our family hah.

Gaku
08-20-2016, 08:20 PM
Dad's
19,157th most common - Approximately 27,195
France 8,450 1: 7,806 635
United States 6,542 1: 48,956 5,968
Canada 5,413 1: 6,545 924
Bolivia 778 1: 12,889 1,476
Brazil 684 1: 296,792 18,908
England 667 1: 80,960 9,663
Cameroon 496 1: 41,102 6,268
Germany 403 1: 200,288 25,888
Malaysia 379 1: 79,770 5,583
Australia 332 1: 70,983 8,493


Mum's maiden name

Spelled common version
4,489th most common - Approximately 121,108
Japan 117,239 1: 1,084 146
Brazil 2,003 1: 101,351 6,944
United States 678 1: 472,375 40,890
Mexico 576 1: 207,835 8,635
Germany 134 1: 602,358 71,225
France 98 1: 673,051 93,642
England 91 1: 593,407 43,643
Argentina 60 1: 711,158 66,582
Australia 48 1: 490,962 42,427
Singapore 47 1: 114,877 6,376

Spelled our way
28,062nd most common - Approximately 18,010
Japan 15,619 1: 8,138 1,031
Brazil 700 1: 290,009 18,557
Mexico 366 1: 327,085 11,880
Morocco 336 1: 99,257 14,898
Philippines 258 1: 387,979 39,199
Malaysia 202 1: 149,668 9,201
United States 154 1: 2,079,676 135,533
Argentina 90 1: 474,106 50,444
Peru 85 1: 362,520 14,725
France 61 1: 1,081,295 133,875

Not too surprising.

TrickyDick
09-29-2016, 08:34 PM
For those of you with surnames that originate in th UK this might be of some interest. Family Names of the United Kingdom (FaNUK). Publication date 17 Nov. 2016

http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/cahe/research/bristolcentreforlinguistics/researchatbcl/fanuk.aspx

Dewsloth
09-29-2016, 08:54 PM
Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
Germany 1,110 1: 72,717 8,780
United States 540 1: 593,093 49,340 (I know less than half a dozen of these people -- maybe I should invite them all over)
Mexico 183 1: 654,171 19,046
Canada 135 1: 262,426 25,574
France 49 1: 1,346,102 155,398
Switzerland 36 1: 226,692 28,564
Chile 27 1: 658,259 21,901
Netherlands 27 1: 624,585 57,220
England 22 1: 2,454,545 126,462
Luxembourg 20 1: 27,485 3,830

Abd.H
09-29-2016, 11:18 PM
My surname can be written in three ways in English
here are the frequency of each way

383,107th most common surname in the world
11878

124,249th most common surname in the world
11879

185,824th most common surname in the world
11880


I think Syria isn't included here ,because there are only 2 while we are many thousands
In the second image there are 112 in Belize and they are recent immigrants from Lebanon
Anyway those in Syria ,Lebanon and Belize are from the same origin ,but I don't know about other countries

Dewsloth
09-29-2016, 11:38 PM
I think Syria isn't included here ,because there are only 2 while we are many thousands
In the second image there are 112 in Belize and they are recent immigrants from Lebanon
Anyway those in Syria ,Lebanon and Belize are from the same origin ,but I don't know about other countries

Syria does seem to be included -- I just tried one of my Lebanese family names (before it got anglicized at Ellis Island):
Syria 52,028 1: 423 16
Sudan 29,897 1: 1,247 131
Iran 12,180 1: 6,376 970
Tunisia 10,501 1: 1,037 131
Morocco 7,719 1: 4,321 507
Saudi Arabia 6,618 1: 4,532 542
Jordan 4,100 1: 1,614 192
Iraq 3,418 1: 10,534 1,255
Lebanon 2,300 1: 2,159 348
Algeria 1,696 1: 22,818 4,021

jortita
09-30-2016, 12:59 AM
My surname is unique to Assam, it was surname given by the Tai Ahom kings to those officers who commandeered 100 troops to battle, my first ancestor to be given this surname lived around 700 years back from now. The name is only found in Upper Assam as is similar for other Tai Ahom surnames, in terms of those who were part of the Ahom kingdom

jortita
09-30-2016, 01:32 AM
DELETE DUPLICATE

Abd.H
09-30-2016, 09:41 PM
Syria does seem to be included -- I just tried one of my Lebanese family names (before it got anglicized at Ellis Island):


I tried my mother surname and there was only 1 person from the US holding this surname ,although her surname does exist in 3 cities in Syria

6,300,947th most common surname in the world
Approximately 1 people bear this surname

11925

Aha
10-14-2016, 03:44 PM
Country Ukraine
Incidence 4
Frequency 1:10,706,471
Rank in Nation 381,097

4,516,948th most common
surname in the world
:biggrin1:

FredBats
11-19-2016, 05:20 PM
Check out this site:

http://forebears.io/


If I didn't mention it prior.

3,064,293th most common - 11 people, all England


According to this website 0.19 people out of every million in all of the UK has it & 3 people out of every million in northern England have it.

http://worldnames.publicprofiler.org/

Calas
02-05-2017, 12:39 PM
639,158th most common surname in the world
Approximately 317 people bear this surname

Most prevalent in:England
Highest density in:Scotland

Volat
02-05-2017, 03:23 PM
My surname is spelled differently in different countrie

Poland 31,268 / 38mln
Russia 7,896 / 145mln
Belarus 7,563 / 9.5 mln. Second highest density.
Lithuania 5,866 / 2.9 mln. Highest density.
USA 3,589 / 300mln
Ukraine 3,247 / 40mln
Brazil 820 / 150mln
Kazakhstan 529

JFWinstone
02-06-2017, 10:58 AM
Paternal:
104,911th most common
surname in the world
Approximately 3,947
people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:England
Highest density in:Wales

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
England 1,371 1: 39,387 5,310
Kenya 628 1: 72,525 8,131
Tanzania 499 1: 90,038 9,607
Wales 293 1: 10,580 1,356
Australia 210 1: 112,220 13,044
Canada 199 1: 178,028 18,201
New Zealand 187 1: 24,314 4,101
United States 158 1: 2,027,026 132,739
Germany 134 1: 602,358 71,225
South Africa 128 1: 421,891 39,125

Maternal:

20,565th most common
surname in the world
Approximately 25,237
people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:France
Highest density in:Haiti

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
France 9,184 1: 7,182 575
Haiti 6,670 1: 1,611 205
Cameroon 1,487 1: 13,710 2,422
Niger 1,339 1: 12,800 961
United States 1,301 1: 246,172 23,857
Rwanda 1,263 1: 8,343 1,228
Ivory Coast 877 1: 26,456 2,690
Belgium 794 1: 14,108 1,995
Algeria 357 1: 108,403 15,335
Mauritius 255 1: 4,941 853

nerdgoddess
03-01-2017, 03:28 AM
My birth surname (my mother had it changed when I was 7):
3,415,328th most common surname in the world
Approximately 9 people bear this surname (all in the U.S.)

My mother's maiden name:
2,296,332nd most common surname in the world
Approximately 25 people bear this surname

United States 22 1: 14,557,735 534,002
Germany 3 1: 26,905,333 90,215

JFWinstone
03-06-2017, 02:44 PM
My surname:

104,911th most common
surname in the world
Approximately 3,947
people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:England
Highest density in:Wales

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
England 1,371 1: 39,387 5,310
Kenya 628 1: 72,525 8,131
Tanzania 499 1: 90,038 9,607
Wales 293 1: 10,580 1,356
Australia 210 1: 112,220 13,044
Canada 199 1: 178,028 18,201
New Zealand 187 1: 24,314 4,101
United States 158 1: 2,027,026 132,739
Germany 134 1: 602,358 71,225
South Africa 128 1: 421,891 39,125

Mum's

20,565th most common
surname in the world
Approximately 25,237
people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:France
Highest density in:Haiti

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
France 9,184 1: 7,182 575
Haiti 6,670 1: 1,611 205
Cameroon 1,487 1: 13,710 2,422
Niger 1,339 1: 12,800 961
United States 1,301 1: 246,172 23,857
Rwanda 1,263 1: 8,343 1,228
Ivory Coast 877 1: 26,456 2,690
Belgium 794 1: 14,108 1,995
Algeria 357 1: 108,403 15,335
Mauritius 255 1: 4,941 853

Calas
03-15-2017, 02:41 AM
Okay, so neither my husband's surname, his mother's maiden surname, nor his mother's mother's maiden surname showed up on forebears.io. I purposely even misspelt his father's mother's surname given how people pronounce it outside Sweden, as well as proper spelling, and that still didn't show up. He was highly amused.

So this one is a bit removed from his actual surname.

34,848th most common in the world
Approximately 14,285 people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:Sweden
Highest density in:Sweden

Sweden 12,240 1: 792 60
United States 397 1: 806,726 63,465
Denmark 325 1: 17,353 1,757
Germany 235 1: 343,472 43,536

Deftextra
03-15-2017, 04:02 PM
Documented spelling of my surname:
Indonesia 2 1: 126,082,400 723,167
Saudi Arabia 2 1: 14,997,136 33,202
Italy 1 1: 60,762,320 153,416
Kenya 1 1: 45,546,000 28,365
Norway 1 1: 5,124,383 47,891
England 1 1: 54,000,000 289,511
Somalia 1 1: 10,806,000 700
Sweden 1 1: 9,694,194 77,122
Australia 1 1: 23,566,200 279,271
Djibouti 1 1: 886,000 880

More common spelling of my surname:
Pakistan 14,458 1: 13,005 1,011
Bangladesh 11,344 1: 13,823 1,145
Iran 2,354 1: 32,991 4,455
Indonesia 2,000 1: 126,082 6,750
India 1,462 1: 853,639 26,174
Malaysia 1,315 1: 22,991 2,072
Saudi Arabia 1,270 1: 23,618 2,779
England 441 1: 122,449 13,431
Sri Lanka 391 1: 51,861 5,174
Turkey 349 1: 219,679 17,557

drobbah
03-15-2017, 09:13 PM
Since Somalis don't really have Surnames my family that are patrineally descended from my great grandfather decided to use his name as our surname.It's extremely rare name only found among my subclan and neighboring clan that lives mainly in NorthWest Somalia this name gets even other Somalis quite surprised.I tried asking my grandfather what the name means but even he does not know....

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
Jordan 2,928 1: 2,261 304
Algeria 536 1: 72,201 11,594
Saudi Arabia 231 1: 129,845 13,453
United Arab Emirates 69 1: 136,899 13,832
Indonesia 27 1: 9,339,437 233,817
India 17 1: 73,412,941 460,058
Ukraine 16 1: 2,676,618 186,451
New Zealand 12 1: 378,896 29,517
United States 8 1: 40,033,772 901,054
Australia 4 1: 5,891,550 214,847

Deftextra
03-15-2017, 10:02 PM
Since Somalis don't really have Surnames my family that are patrineally descended from my great grandfather decided to use his name as our surname.It's extremely rare name only found among my subclan and neighboring clan that lives mainly in NorthWest Somalia this name gets even other Somalis quite surprised.I tried asking my grandfather what the name means but even he does not know....


Yeah. There is not really a defined rule of how somalis chose surnames is general (including our community), since its a recent invention I gues? What I have noticed though is that we tend to chose names of not too distant paternal ancestors which have had some sort of importance in society. I asked my father what my surname means, but he didnt really know himself. He thought that it was just a nickname or something allong those lines. But after digging myself and asking around, It is likely (and in some cases obvious) that it had a relgious connection dating back to this guy.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaykh_Sufi

Candy
03-17-2017, 11:58 PM
My last name is Roberts. :)

United States 411,805 1: 778 42
England 103,856 1: 520 13
Australia 41,588 1: 567 21
South Africa 37,715 1: 1,432 153
Nigeria 32,401 1: 5,510 812
Canada 29,609 1: 1,197 76
Wales 24,947 1: 124 7
Liberia 14,000 1: 314 34
Sierra Leone 8,358 1: 741 86
Uganda 7,095 1: 4,983 895

Most prevalent in: United States
Highest density in: Wales

backdrop12
05-02-2017, 02:44 PM
last name is pornovets

2,047,404th most common
surname in the world

Most prevalent in:United States
Highest density in:United States
Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation

United States 33 1: 9,705,157 414,850


Pornovetz is sometimes used on some of my great uncles:


3,059,180th most common
surname in the world

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
United States 12 1: 26,689,181 743,898

BalkanKiwi
05-09-2017, 09:44 AM
7,793rd most common
surname in the world

Most prevalent in: United States
Highest density in: Jamaica

Clarke
05-11-2017, 08:34 AM
596th most common in the world
Most prevalent in: United States
Highest Density: Scotland
Pre-Anglicisation
1 601 221th most common in the world
Most prevalent in England
Highest Density: Ireland

MitchellSince1893
05-28-2017, 04:00 PM
808th most common surname in the world. Approximately 647,640 people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:United States
Highest density in:Grenada

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
United States 409,021 1: 783 43
England 64,154 1: 842 51
Australia 37,197 1: 634 37
Canada 34,415 1: 1,029 49
South Africa 26,172 1: 2,063 241
Scotland 12,699 1: 417 23
Jamaica 8,031 1: 338 54
New Zealand 6,042 1: 753 26
Liberia 4,590 1: 958 139
Trinidad and Tobago 4,074 1: 326 27

Adrian Stevenson
05-29-2017, 05:02 PM
Here is a link to my Stevenson surname:

http://forebears.co.uk/surnames/stevenson

SWAHILLI_PRINCE16
05-29-2017, 10:15 PM
My surname (Khamis)
Tanzania 154,177 1: 291 14
Egypt 54,954 1: 1,583 242
Sudan 27,835 1: 1,340 146
Yemen 13,433 1: 1,879 250
Kenya 8,867 1: 5,137 666
Saudi Arabia 8,658 1: 3,464 382
Iraq 7,976 1: 4,514 506
Syria 7,643 1: 2,877 403
Malaysia 6,147 1: 4,918 570
Jordan 3,298

Mums surname (Masood)
Pakistan 535,957 1: 351 52
Afghanistan 23,410 1: 1,112 115
Saudi Arabia 20,085 1: 1,493 133
Bangladesh 17,188 1: 9,123 841
Iran 9,417 1: 8,247 1,249
Yemen 8,209 1: 3,074 461
India 5,420 1: 230,262 9,088
United Arab Emirates 4,311 1: 2,191 169
England 2,554 1: 21,143 3,006
Egypt 2,451 1: 35,489 3,178

Hayden
05-29-2017, 10:50 PM
My family surname is the most common of all the German surnames: Schneider.

811th most common
surname in the world

Approximately 646,639
people bear this surname

Definition:
(Ger.) Tailor, Cutter [from Ger. schneiden, Middle High German snîden, O.H.Ger. snîdan, to cut]

Country | Incidence | Frequency | Rank in Nation
Germany 318,741 1: 253 1
United States 124,553 1: 2,571 251
Brazil 72,279 1: 2,809 319
France 23,671 1: 2,786 149
Switzerland 18,862 1: 433 8
Austria 16,056 1: 531 18
Canada 8,683 1: 4,080 518
Argentina 8,541 1: 4,996 520
South Africa 4,402 1: 12,268 1,518
Australia 4,042 1: 5,830 746

http://forebears.io/surnames/schneider

kikkk
05-29-2017, 10:55 PM
Paternal surname (clearly, the czekoslovak parallel is a coincidental homophone)
Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
Tunisia 7,100 1: 1,533 254
Algeria 1,339 1: 28,902 5,127
Czech Republic 730 1: 14,407 2,150
Morocco 671 1: 49,702 7,716
France 527 1: 125,159 18,369
Slovakia 280 1: 19,343 3,293
United States 265 1: 1,208,567 87,845
Canada 76 1: 466,152 41,664
United Arab Emirates 46 1: 205,348 20,318
Switzerland 36 1: 226,692 28,564
Show All Nations

Maternal
Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
Tunisia 15,521 1: 701 63
Algeria 4,016 1: 9,636 1,550
France 1,494 1: 44,149 5,713
Germany 202 1: 399,584 50,182
Canada 68 1: 520,993 46,183
Belgium 45 1: 248,935 33,012
England 43 1: 1,255,814 75,927
Qatar 29 1: 74,967 8,720
United States 27 1: 11,861,858 471,238
United Arab Emirates 23 1: 410,696 37,982
Show All Nations

NewAlbion
06-15-2017, 11:41 PM
2,283rd most common
surname in the world
Approximately 239,718
people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:United States
Highest density in:Ireland

United States 145,107 1: 2,207 212
England 23,279 1: 2,320 250
Ireland 17,377 1: 264 16
Canada 15,206 1: 2,330 246
Australia 12,539 1: 1,879 198
South Africa 4,493 1: 12,019 1,481
Jamaica 4,301 1: 632 107
Scotland 2,041 1: 2,597 423
New Zealand 1,792 1: 2,537 330
Wales 1,287 1: 2,409 256

psampson
07-20-2017, 10:58 PM
3,542nd most common surname in the world
Approximately 153,097 people bear this surname

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
United States 43,454 1: 7,370 857
Nigeria 41,418 1: 4,310 627
Ghana 18,132 1: 1,491 232
South Africa 11,689 1: 4,620 587
England 9,077 1: 5,949 799
Canada 6,022 1: 5,883 825
Australia 4,187 1: 5,628 722
Liberia 3,902 1: 1,127 162
Papua New Guinea 2,242 1: 3,300 367
Trinidad and Tobago 1,238 1: 1,073 151

gijoeinfinity
07-24-2017, 03:19 AM
1,087th most common
surname in the world

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
Pakistan 198,642 1: 947 174
United States 84,270 1: 3,801 398
England 47,505 1: 1,137 83
India 41,517 1: 30,060 1,424
Canada 24,696 1: 1,435 104
Australia 13,046 1: 1,806 189
Malaysia 11,130 1: 2,716 366
Paraguay 6,180 1: 1,098 223
South Africa 5,497 1: 9,824 1,213
Germany 4,842 1: 16,670 1,597

gijoeinfinity
07-24-2017, 03:20 AM
Since my surname was adopted by my 2nd great grandfather, here is the frequency of his supposed surname:

222,058th most common
surname in the world

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
United States 1,054 1: 303,862 28,509
Canada 171 1: 207,179 20,848
England 151 1: 357,616 30,207
Ireland 55 1: 83,511 5,846
Scotland 46 1: 115,217 9,780
Australia 17 1: 1,386,247 92,417
Switzerland 2 1: 4,080,450 50,640
Wales 1 1: 3,100,000 18,969
Bangladesh 1 1: 156,805,000 10,958
Czech Republic 1 1: 10,517,400 174,544

gijoeinfinity
07-24-2017, 03:27 AM
Since my surname was adopted by my 2nd great grandfather, here is the frequency of his supposed surname:

222,058th most common
surname in the world

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
United States 1,054 1: 303,862 28,509
Canada 171 1: 207,179 20,848
England 151 1: 357,616 30,207
Ireland 55 1: 83,511 5,846
Scotland 46 1: 115,217 9,780
Australia 17 1: 1,386,247 92,417
Switzerland 2 1: 4,080,450 50,640
Wales 1 1: 3,100,000 18,969
Bangladesh 1 1: 156,805,000 10,958
Czech Republic 1 1: 10,517,400 174,544


This time, a different spelling of the 2nd great father's supposed surname:


890,843rd most common
surname in the world


Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
United States 105 1: 3,050,192 181,967
Canada 66 1: 536,781 47,259
Australia 13 1: 1,812,785 109,551
Ireland 2 1: 2,296,550 19,046
Denmark 1 1: 5,639,719 49,101

McGowan
09-17-2017, 09:48 AM
7,987th most common surname in the world
Approximately 67,654 people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:United States
Highest density in:Northern Ireland

nicole2496
01-12-2018, 08:16 AM
95,609th most common surname in the world.
Approximately 4,431 people bear this surname.

Italy- 2,139 | 1 : 28,407 | 4,940
Argentina- 552 | 1: 77,300 | 9,850
United States- 549 | 1 : 583,370 | 48,670
Germany- 303 | 1 : 266,389 | 34,330
Panama- 261 | 1 : 13,049 | 1,416
France- 245 | 1 : 269,220 | 40,824
Brazil- 159 | 1 : 1,276,767 | 60,164
Switzerland- 54 | 1 : 151,128 | 19,965
Spain- 49 | 1 : 949,139 | 42,791
Australia- 41 | 1 : 574,785 | 48,106
Canada- 39 | 1 : 908,398 | 72,994
Belgium- 30 | 1 : 373,402 | 43,662
Guatemala- 2 | 1 : 7,903,338 | 5,671
England- 2 | 1 : 27,000,000 | 201,317
Turkey- 1 | 1 : 76,667,864 | 53,505
Bolivia- 1 | 1 : 10,027,254 | 7,314
Scotland- 1 | 1 : 5,300,000 | 38,841
Colombia- 1 | 1 : 47,726,000 | 24,771
Morocco- 1 | 1 : 33,350,300 | 38,830
Luxembourg- 1 | 1 : 549,700 | 12,745

FionnSneachta
01-12-2018, 09:25 PM
Paternal:
836th most common surname in the world
Approximately 632,783 people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:United States
Highest density in:Ireland

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
United States 293,880 1: 1,090 66
England 59,024 1: 915 62
Brazil 47,603 1: 4,265 441
Australia 42,769 1: 551 17
Ireland 42,550 1: 108 2
Canada 32,654 1: 1,085 60
Nigeria 15,895 1: 11,231 1,577
South Africa 13,826 1: 3,906 506
Scotland 9,641 1: 550 45
Northern Ireland 9,419 1: 191 1

Maternal:
49,849th most common surname in the world
Approximately 9,537 people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:United States
Highest density in:Ireland

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
United States 5,301 1: 60,417 7,193
Ireland 1,578 1: 2,911 480
England 1,124 1: 48,043 6,246
Canada 423 1: 83,753 9,456
Australia 297 1: 79,347 9,462
Poland 239 1: 161,071 24,102
New Zealand 180 1: 25,260 4,250
Germany 168 1: 480,452 59,024
Scotland 85 1: 62,353 6,180
Northern Ireland 48 1: 37,500 3,642

Devos
01-13-2018, 01:11 AM
21,630th most common surname in the world
Approximately 23,874 people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:Belgium
Highest density in:Belgium


Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
Belgium 11,210 1: 999 29
France 6,588 1: 10,012 896
United States 2,764 1: 115,872 12,666
Canada 545 1: 65,005 7,615
Germany 538 1: 150,030 19,380
South Africa 493 1: 109,538 12,715
Brazil 461 1: 440,360 26,547
England 253 1: 213,439 20,671
Australia 228 1: 103,361 12,073
Netherlands 186 1: 90,666 14,946

digital_noise
03-19-2018, 05:16 PM
Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
Italy 10,727 1: 5,664 574
Argentina 4,166 1: 10,242 1,084
United States 3,712 1: 86,280 9,857
Brazil 2,671 1: 76,004 5,226
France 661 1: 99,787 14,257
Venezuela 502 1: 60,172 3,696
Canada 462 1: 76,683 8,742
Australia 342 1: 68,907 8,291
England 242 1: 223,140 21,369
Germany 235 1: 343,472 43,536

Mykellos
03-20-2018, 06:41 AM
My Hammond surname is the 2975th most common surname in the world.
Approximately 184,686 people bear this name.

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
United States 77,694 1: 4,122 436
Ghana 43,055 1: 628 72
England 25,339 1: 2,131 216
Australia 9,509 1: 2,478 287
South Africa 7,963 1: 6,782 838
Canada 6,566 1: 5,396 754
Nigeria 3,210 1: 55,613 7,208
New Zealand 2,414 1: 1,883 225
Scotland 1,273 1: 4,163 655
Wales 1,140 1: 2,719 304

Pretty much all the countries here make sense---I was more than a little surprised that Ghana was second in line.

msmarjoribanks
03-29-2018, 06:38 PM
Paternal (Jones):
207th most common surname in the world
Approximately 2,358,308 people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:United States
Highest density in:Wales

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
United States 1,455,165 1: 220 5 -- Everyone thinks it's 2nd here too (I've been pedantically correcting this misunderstanding from an early age!) ;-)
England 262,805 1: 205 2
Australia 95,808 1: 246 2
Wales 86,331 1: 36 1
Nigeria 74,736 1: 2,389 310
Canada 62,958 1: 563 13
South Africa 58,554 1: 922 87
Sierra Leone 21,398 1: 289 31
Ghana 15,656 1: 1,727 265
Brazil 14,659 1: 13,849 1,120

msmarjoribanks
03-29-2018, 06:43 PM
For fun, my grandmothers' maiden names

Paternal grandmother (Craven)
14,999th most common
Approximately 35,104 people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:United States
Highest density in:England

Maternal grandmother (Ashburn)
80,274th most common
Approximately 5,465 people bear this surname (less common than I would have thought)
Most prevalent in:United States
Highest density in:United States

Noa
06-04-2018, 09:22 PM
41,041st most common
surname in the world

Approximately 11,900
people bear this surname

Most common in Bosnia

NiamhWitch
06-06-2018, 02:53 AM
My married surname:

United States 97 1: 3,301,754 193,085

Tz85
06-06-2018, 03:01 AM
Italy 280 1: 217,008 32,422
France 73 1: 903,548 117,149
Australia 52 1: 453,196 40,132
Canada 27 1: 1,312,131 98,676
Argentina 3 1: 14,223,167 78,945
Belgium 2 1: 5,601,033 65,594

Serpent
06-09-2018, 05:33 PM
This surname may be extinct

PoxVoldius
07-02-2018, 12:16 AM
Father's surname:

110,486th most common surname in the world
~3,699 people bear this surname
most prevalent in Germany
highest density in Germany



Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
Germany 3,060 1: 26,378 2,822
United States 480 1: 667,230 54,353
Canada 52 1: 681,299 58,064
Ireland 38 1: 120,871 7,570
England 32 1: 1,687,500 94,027
Spain 13 1: 3,577,523 89,048
Russia 4 1: 36,517,100 720,003
Thailand 2 1: 32,228,350 18,718
Argentina 2 1: 21,334,750 95,312
Scotland 2 1: 2,650,000 24,766


in contrast...

Mother's maiden name:

658th most common surname in the world
~793,774 people bear this surname
most prevalent in United States
highest density in Wales



Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
United States 411,805 1: 778 42
England 103,856 1: 520 13
Australia 41,588 1: 567 21
South Africa 37,715 1: 1,432 153
Nigeria 32,401 1: 5,510 812
Canada 29,609 1: 1,197 76
Wales 24,947 1: 124 7
Liberia 14,000 1: 314 34
Sierra Leone 8,358 1: 741 86
Uganda 7,095 1: 4,983 895


Jury's out regarding whether our immigrant ancestor that bore Mom's maiden name came from Wales or England. But given that he came here in the mid-17th century, if his origin isn't already known, then it probably won't be known.

RobinBMc
07-02-2018, 01:22 AM
Maybe these were posted before, I don't have time to go through 14 pages of posts, but there are websites that will show a more regional breakdown of frequency for surnames within a country, if you already know the country of origin.

There's several listed here: https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Surname_Distribution_Maps

But there's also some good Italians one here: http://www.cognomix.it/mappe-dei-cognomi-italiani and http://italia.indettaglio.it/eng/cognomi/cognomi.html

And another German one: http://www.kartezumnamen.eu/en/ (this one also has options for France, Spain, Italy, and Romania)

My maiden name, for example, is no surprise at country level:
Germany 172,248 1: 469 8
United States 79,207 1: 4,043 427
Austria 30,960 1: 275 3
Brazil 18,475 1: 10,988 931
France 9,662 1: 6,827 528
Russia 6,529 1: 22,372 3,003
Canada 4,850 1: 7,305 1,046
Poland 3,914 1: 9,835 1,287
Switzerland 3,628 1: 2,249 115
South Africa 3,616 1: 14,934 1,822

But on the German maps, I can get a more regional breakdown. Unfortunately, it's a super common surname but it still shows me it's a bit more common in Southern Germany than in the North.

PoxVoldius
07-02-2018, 03:34 AM
And another German one: http://www.kartezumnamen.eu/en/ (this one also has options for France, Spain, Italy, and Romania)

Thanks for the link! As expected, though, the largest cluster for my surname is in the same part of Sachsen that that line of the family emigrated from (the area around Zwickau, Schneeberg, and Chemnitz), and the second largest cluster is in Berlin, followed by much smaller clusters in other major cities, followed by a random sprinkling of single dots.

cassiopeia
07-02-2018, 05:06 AM
Dad's surname:
250,332nd most common surname in the world
Approximately 1,275 people bear this surname
Most prevalent in: Pakistan
Highest density in: Norway

Mother's maiden name:
458,393rd most common surname in the world
Approximately 543 people bear this surname
Most prevalent in: Czech Republic
Highest density in: Czech Republic

jellybee
07-02-2018, 01:34 PM
Father's surname:
207,730th most common surname in the world
Approximately 1,638 people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:Brazil
Highest density in:Northern Mariana Islands

Mother's maiden name:
3,015th most common surname in the world
Approximately 182,084 people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:Germany
Highest density in:Samoa

alexfritz
07-02-2018, 01:40 PM
paternal last name friedrich
5,158th most common surname in the world
Approximately 105,971 people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:Germany
Highest density in:Germany

maternal last name mezzenzana
1,367,429th most common surname in the world
Approximately 82 people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:Italy
Highest density in:Italy

Mystery
07-02-2018, 04:15 PM
3,945,957th most common surname in the world
Approximately 5 people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:United States
Highest density in:Ireland

euromutt
07-02-2018, 06:18 PM
Paternal Surname
110,007th most common surname in the world
Approximately 3,719 people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:Italy
Highest density in:Italy


Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
Italy 2,665 1: 22,800 3,891
Argentina 358 1: 119,189 15,141
United States 284 1: 1,127,712 83,017
France 196 1: 336,526 50,564
Canada 78 1: 454,199 40,845
Australia 76 1: 310,082 30,024
England 48 1: 1,125,000 69,550
Russia 4 1: 36,517,100 720,003
Venezuela 3 1: 10,068,769 15,956
Wales 2 1: 1,550,000 12,161


Maternal Surname
24,016th most common surname in the world
Approximately 21,388 people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:France
Highest density in:France


Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
France 10,238 1: 6,443 486
United States 3,955 1: 80,979 9,315
Canada 2,984 1: 11,872 1,719
Argentina 702 1: 60,783 7,604
Brazil 620 1: 327,429 20,574
Switzerland 531 1: 15,369 2,031
Morocco 403 1: 82,755 12,659
Germany 370 1: 218,151 28,238
Dominican Republic 288 1: 36,036 2,130
Mexico 209 1: 572,790 17,404

msmarjoribanks
07-02-2018, 08:45 PM
Maybe these were posted before, I don't have time to go through 14 pages of posts, but there are websites that will show a more regional breakdown of frequency for surnames within a country, if you already know the country of origin.

Thanks!

My paternal grandmother's maiden name is Craven. Could be English or Irish, although the family thinks it is English. If so, and using the stats from 1881 (my direct ancestors came to America way before then, though) has a concentration around Bradford and Leeds and then extends east and west from there. Highest concentration in the US is South Carolina, some of whom are likely relatives, as I know the family settled in NC and SC, although my line went to Indiana and then Iowa from NC. Frequency in 1881 was 740th.

Maternal grandmother's maiden name is Bristol, which (again using 1881) is more scattered (the most in Salisbury). But it could have originally been Bristow (lots of Bristols in the area the family was from connect to a specific Bristow family, although I have yet to have a Y-DNA on a cousin so as to test that idea). Anyway, Bristow is a lot more common (in 1881 it's 1,130th instead of 11,403th), and seems to also be scattered but more concentrated in the southeast, with the highest concentration in Redhill, Surrey. Not near the actual town of Bristol.

Going back farther, one German family was Albaugh in the US, Ahlbach when they came in 1734 (I haven't checked this, it's from a History of Frederick County, MD, although there are passenger records that support it). The location of the cluster in Germany is consistent with them being from the Rhineland-Palatinate, which is where the group they were traveling with were from, and consistent with what one would expect from the time period. So that's neat.

Saetro
07-03-2018, 10:45 PM
Maternal grandmother's maiden name is Bristol, which (again using 1881) is more scattered (the most in Salisbury). But it could have originally been Bristow (lots of Bristols in the area the family was from connect to a specific Bristow family, although I have yet to have a Y-DNA on a cousin so as to test that idea). Anyway, Bristow is a lot more common (in 1881 it's 1,130th instead of 11,403th), and seems to also be scattered but more concentrated in the southeast, with the highest concentration in Redhill, Surrey. Not near the actual town of Bristol.


My home town in Australia would soften "l" at the ends of words so that they sounded like "w".
Asking about natation opportunities at someone's centre of learning gave two opportunities to check for this shibboleth.
Did they talk about the "school pool" or did those two terminal consonants sound like "w"?

Imagine my surprise on going to England and ending up in one of the few places where they did that as well!
Although with the endings slightly clipped.
This seems to have come from east London (parts that used to be Essex).
People from there would holiday near the north Kent town I was living in and changed that pronunciation of the local children accordingly.
The one thing I thought I would not have to address as a choir director!
Travelling around, there was a tendency in what used to be Wessex for the ends of such soft ended words to be dragged out and fade out.
The East Enders/Essex kids voiced the "w". In the West country the consonant was often unvoiced and was assumed by the hearer.
But "ol" had a short "o", whereas in "Bristow" just a long "o" as if the consonant were not there at all: "Bristo".
Pronunciation does change over time, so maybe the spelling changed when that vowel was just part of the fading out after the "t".

omega56
07-05-2018, 11:55 AM
I entered my maternal grandmother's maiden name: Raffeck

6,300,947th most common
surname in the world
Approximately 1
people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:Canada

It's definitely not a common name, but I still expected at least a few more, since I was able to find several people with this surname just by using google.

CJH
07-21-2018, 04:18 AM
English, dating to the 14th century as a surname, frequency rank worldwide is in the 18,000's, one in 20K in the USA, one in 28K in the UK, one in 45K in Canada, one in 71K in Australia (it's more common in the US, as there were several probably unrelated colonial-era immigrants with the same name who left numerous progeny, and there are also a large number of African-Americans with my surname who are probably the descendants of former slaves owned by my ancestors or relatives).

Ruderico
07-30-2018, 02:44 PM
Typical common Portuguese surname, with expected results besides the homecountry - former colonies and diaspora destinations


168th most common surname in the world
Approximately 2,795,990 people bear this surname
Most prevalent in: Brazil
Highest density in: Cape Verde

Country Incidence Frequency Rank in Nation
Brazil 2,399,459 1:85 5
Portugal 135,226 1:77 8
Mozambique 63,961 1:371 30
India 34,821 1:35,841 1,678
United States 28,500 1:11,238 1,368
France 22,863 1:2,885 154

Luxembourg 732 1: 751 13
Andorra 122 1: 624 43

Guba
08-04-2018, 03:25 AM
I have a very rare French surname that comes from Normandy, located and found first in Saint-Meslin-du-Bosc in the XII century. The origins of my last name is from the Old Norse language and Norman dialect, my surname means Sow and Wood in Old Norse language.

Country
France
Incidence
86
Frequency
1: 766,965
Rank in Nation
104,308

We are only one family in France (and in the world) who have this surname and it's my family.

Rpink53
08-10-2018, 02:08 PM
Seward:

United States 12,299 1: 26,040 3,270
England 2,377 1: 22,718 3,239
Canada 1,187 1: 29,846 3,882
Australia 459 1: 51,342 6,314
South Africa 347 1: 155,625 17,476
Wales 260 1: 11,923 1,521
Philippines 258 1: 387,979 39,199
Germany 235 1: 343,472 43,536
Argentina 149 1: 286,372 33,601
New Zealand 88 1: 51,668 8,144

aafusc2988
08-10-2018, 06:40 PM
3,072nd most common surname in the world, approximately 177,972 people bear this surname.
Most prevalent in: United States
Highest density in: Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

United States Incidence 117,497 Frequency 1:2,726 Rank: 269
England 20,144 1:2,681 298
Canada 8,903 1:3,979 499
Australia 8,317 1:2,833 337
South Africa 4,895 1:11,032 1,367
Nigeria 3,974 1:44,921 5,897
New Zealand 2,156 1:2,109 266
Sierra Leone 2,006 1:3,086 343
Scotland 1,785 1:2,969 483
Wales 1,321 1:2,347 245


My mother's maiden name:
46,759th most common surname in the world, approximately 10,256 people bear this surname.
Most prevalent in: United States
Highest density in: Cayman Islands

United States 3,326 1:96,293 10,892
England 3,124 1:17,286 2,534
Australia 1,194 1:19,737 2,599
South Africa 603 1:89,556 10,560
Canada 501 1:70,714 8,181
Wales 282 1:10,993 1,412
New Zealand 265 1:17,158 2,873
Ireland 224 1:20,505 2,105
Germany 202 1:399,584 50,182
Scotland 164 1:32,317 3,725


My paternal grandmother's maiden name:
123,251st most common surname in the world, approximately 3,237 people bear this surname.
Most prevalent in: United States
Highest density in: United States

United States 3,043 1:105,248 11,735
Netherlands 137 1:123,093 19,620
Canada 25 1:1,417,101 103,933
Belgium 22 1:509,185 52,530
Norway 2 1:2,562,192 34,681
South Korea 2 1:25,211,978 4,104
Myanmar 1 1:60,380,000 2,057
Kuwait 1 1:3,065,850 17,575
Georgia 1 1:4,490,500 50,549
Indonesia 1 1:252,164,800 810,193


My maternal grandmother's maiden name:
22,106th most common surname in the world, approximately 23,349 people bear this surname.
Most prevalent in: United States
Highest density in: United States

United States 23,011 1:13,918 1,715
Germany 235 1:343,472 43,536
Canada 39 1:908,398 72,994
England 27 1:2,000,000 107,506
Australia 4 1:5,891,550 214,847
Costa Rica 3 1:1,555,699 10,686
Panama 3 1:1,135,271 4,915
Japan 3 1:42,366,667 14,078
Mexico 2 1:59,856,602 40,256
Georgia 2 1:2,245,250 37,372

morganman3
08-14-2018, 03:46 PM
I think the numbers are slightly off for my surname.
Approximately 300 people
Most prevalent in: England
Highest density in: England

Apparently 20 people in the USA, and 60 people in Australia carry my surname, but there are no records of anyone with my surname being born there for at least 150 years or so. They had lived there in the past, but I thought the name had become "extinct" in these locations a couple of generations ago. I don't know if they are using old data, or they are counting a variant spelling of the name by accident.

Mango
08-20-2018, 11:24 PM
I'm disapointed mine is not on forbears lol

Titane
08-20-2018, 11:53 PM
Country incidence frequency rank
France 18,320 1: 3,600 219th
Canada 3,064 1: 11,563 1,666th
United States 2,323 1: 137,869. 14,598th
Belgium 1,952 1: 5,739 598th

Dimanto
08-21-2018, 12:10 AM
41,054th most common
surname in the world
Approximately 11,896
people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:Italy
Highest density in:Italy

10,520th most common
surname in the world
Approximately 51,070
people bear this surname
Most prevalent in:Netherlands
Highest density in:Netherlands

Lupriac
08-21-2018, 12:05 PM
135th most common
surname in the world
Approximately 3,609,500
people bear this surname

:)

Schleswig
09-22-2018, 10:23 PM
Denmark 234,475 1:24 1
United States 156,715 1:2,305 229
Norway 26,645 1:193 8
Germany 17,192 1:4,667 553
Canada 13,319 1:2,763 342
Australia 9,900 1:2,401 318
Sweden 7,650 1:1,287 110
New Zealand 2,661 1:1,701 210
Brazil 2,453 1:83,372 3,498
England 2,388 1:23,283 3,252

Verity
10-02-2018, 10:28 PM
Mine is the 108,803rd most Common surname in the World.

Approximately 4,295 people bear this surname

MOST PREVALENT IN:
England
HIGHEST DENSITY IN:
Isle of Man

Place Incidence
England 2,572
United States 710
Australia 566
Canada 201
New Zealand 61
Scotland 51
Northern Ireland 23
Isle of Man 18
Wales 16
Spain 16

Kaipiro
10-04-2018, 03:53 PM
55th Most common :D

MischievousRaven
10-10-2018, 06:08 AM
7,125th most common surname in the world; approximately 80,305 people bear this surname.

MOST PREVALENT IN:
Germany
HIGHEST DENSITY IN:
Switzerland
Surname Definition:
(German, English) wolf, rule.

Place Incidence Frequency Rank in Area
Germany 35,789 1:2,242 199
United States 23,238 1:15,546 1,946
Switzerland 5,019 1:1,636 139
France 3,052 1:21,791 2,524
Austria 2,091 1:4,072 420
Argentina 1,744 1:24,509 2,044
Brazil 1,577 1:129,684 5,544
Canada 1,270 1:28,975 3,804
Czech Republic 1,060 1:10,032 1,337
Hungary 993 1:9,886 1,139

Escagedo
11-01-2019, 11:22 AM
1,463,002nd Most Common Surname in the World
Approximately 144 people bear this surname

Spain 120 1:389,600 21,498
United States 21 1:17,262,405 572,889
Costa Rica 2 1:2,390,034 10,207
Venezuela 1 1:30,204,117 85,523

tatals
11-03-2019, 01:37 AM
Maternal:

Italy 71,073 1:860
United States 20,515 1:17,671
Brazil 10,115 1:20,218
Argentina 5,634 1:7,587
France 2,445 1:27,164
Canada 1,591 1:23,159
Australia 795 1:33,957
Switzerland 780 1:10,529
Peru 607 1:52,363
Germany 488 1:164,970




Paternal:

Brazil 135 1:1,514,822
Italy 20 1:3,057,835
Venezuela 2 1:15,102,058
United States 1 1:362,510,506

mildlycurly
11-03-2019, 02:23 AM
Paternal:

2569th most common surname in the world
United States 109,544 1:3,309
England 54,641 1:1,020
Australia 19,763 1:1,366
Canada 10,881 1:3,386
New Zealand 3,523 1:1,285
Jamaica 2,797 1:1,026
South Africa 2,672 1:20,276
Scotland 2,322 1:2,306
Wales 1,872 1:1,653
Northern Ireland 1,165 1:1,584

Maternal:

1281st most common surname in the world
United States 192,497 1:1,883
Australia 53,483 1:505
Ireland 48,429 1:97
Cambodia 39,231 1:395
England 37,449 1:1,488
Canada 20,629 1:1,786
New Zealand 4,121 1:1,099
South Africa 3,432 1:15,786
Israel 3,027 1:2,827
Scotland 2,115 1:2,531

The amount of people in Israel with the name tickles me as it is definitely NOT a Jewish surname.

loxias
11-03-2019, 07:35 AM
95,588th Most Common Surname in the World
Place Incidence Frequency Rank in Area
France 1,980 1:33,543 4,083
Seychelles 529 1:174 19
Togo 525 1:13,805 3,854
Cambodia 449 1:34,493 1,607
Argentina 315 1:135,693 11,475
Australia 279 1:96,759 11,026
United States 184 1:1,970,166 126,930
Benin 132 1:78,300 9,304
Italy 114 1:536,462 52,576
India 80 1:9,588,312 188,462

It’s a surname or Occitan origin that peaks in the Languedocian departments of Aveyron, Tarn and Hérault in France.
I knew about the Seychelles connection of the surname and that it was also found in Africa (coming from local languages there) but I didn’t know which countries in particular.

tatals
11-04-2019, 01:40 AM
Maternal:

Italy 71,073 1:860
United States 20,515 1:17,671
Brazil 10,115 1:20,218
Argentina 5,634 1:7,587
France 2,445 1:27,164
Canada 1,591 1:23,159
Australia 795 1:33,957
Switzerland 780 1:10,529
Peru 607 1:52,363
Germany 488 1:164,970




Paternal:

Brazil 135 1:1,514,822
Italy 20 1:3,057,835
Venezuela 2 1:15,102,058
United States 1 1:362,510,506



I forgot to specify world frequency.

Maternal: 4,854th most common in the world
Paternal: 1,379,977th most common in the world