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Old 12-10-2009, 08:39 PM
 
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In Vietnam, about half the population have the family surname "Nguyen" (pronounced Nwin).
I'm surprised no one has brought that up, LOL. I personally know more than 10 Nguyen's.
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Let's not forget the George Foreman family where all five sons are named "George Foreman."
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Old 12-12-2009, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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I believe Singh is the most popular surname in the world shared by million of people in Pakistan and NW India. It means 'lion'.


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Old 12-14-2009, 01:00 PM
 
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In Korea, about half of all people are named Kim, Park or Lee. There are only 250 surnames in use in Korea, for all families.
List of Korean family names - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There are a lot of places in the world where a very small number of surnames are very dominant. This would include Spanish-surnamed countries, where the same couple of dozen names seem to encompass a majority of the population. In Arabic speaking countries, just a few names cover most families.

On current major league baseball roasters, there are only 16 players named Smith, Brown or Jones, but 39 named Rodriguez, Gonzalez or Hernandez.

Here in America, we have become spoiled because the inventory of surnames is drawn from so many different cultures.

A quarter of all Americans have one of the 244 most common surnames. Only 3% have the five most common surnames.
Brilliant post. Nailed it.
I have a chinese friend that has pretty much the most common name for a Chinese guy. There are about a million people that share his name....unlike someone named Chad Ochocinco.
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