The Japanese, other than nobles or samurai class families, did not have surnames until 1868, when the government required commoners to adopt surnames. Names were chosen based on locations, occupations, or simply were made up, explaining the diversity in Japanese surnames (100,000+ present). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
In 1982, Zimbabwe passed a law banning citizens from making jokes about the surname of the President, Canaan Banana. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
In Iceland, your surname is derived from your father's first name, and everyone addresses each other by first name, even in formal situations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
Around 650 residents in the town of Coria del RΓ­o, Spain have the surname JapΓ³n (Japan). They are the descendants of 6 samurai who traveled to Europe in the early 17th century and set up an embassy: wikipedia.org/wiki/Coria_…
Jamaica has the highest percentage of people with Scottish surnames that 60% of names in the Jamaican telephone directory are Scottish in origin. heraldscotland.com/opinio…
Dolly Parton has been married 54 years to Carl Dean. Although Parton does not use Dean's surname professionally, her passport reads "Dolly Parton Dean" and she sometimes uses Dean when signing contracts. He has seen her perform only once. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dol…
There are many people in countries like Turkey, Indonesia and India that do not use a surname en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
John Cleese's surname was changed in 1923 by his father, who believed that the original surname "Cheese" was embarrassing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The Bridgestone tire company is named after its founder Shōjirō Ishibashi, whose surname means "stone bridge" in Japanese en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sh%…
The Chinese surname Chen largely comes from the assimilation of a nomadic Xianbei tribe into what is now China. The Xianbei subjects whose surname of HΓ³umΓ²chΓ©n were converted to Chen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Today I learned about Hubert Blaine Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff Sr who has held the longest personal name ever used. He has 26 given names, one for each letter of the alphabet, and his full surname has 666 letters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hub…
30-40% of Vietnamese people have the surname Nguyen. To compare; the most popular surname in America is Smith, shared by 0.8% of the population atlasobscura.com/articles…
The name of the German car manufacturer Audi is based on the Latin translation of the surname of its founder, August Horch. Horch means "listen" in German and becomes "audi" in Latin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aud…
Some of the most popular surnames 100 years ago, like Daft, Balls, Smeille, Death and Shufflebottom, are facing extinction due the their rude undertones. The use of the name Cock is down by almost 75%. independent.co.uk/news/uk…
Burmese names completely lack any form of surname or family name. Instead names are fluid and often include an honorific that can change as often as a name can. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
The person who has had the worlds longest name ever had a 666 letter surname, made up of 26 forenames and 1 very long surname all together. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hub…
At one point Duran Duran had three members with the surname Taylor (John, Andy and Roger), but none of them were actually related. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dur…
Sherpa people have a small number of names and children are often called by days of the week. They also give names according to certain virtues. By mistake of the enumerators in Nepal, their nationality was added as a surname. Otherwise, they have no last name. needforscience.com/geogra…
Woody from Toy Story isn't just "Woody", or Sheriff Woody for that matter. His full name is Woody Pride. Apparently, the surname was discussed in the first film, but not officially used until the third film, as revealed bydDirector of Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
L during the Night of the Long Knives, the Nazis accidentally killed a music critic called Willi Schmid, when their intended target had been someone with a similar surname. A few days after his death, Rudolf Hess visited Willi’s widow and apologised for the mistake, and offered her a pension. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Various networks suggested the title of the show [Schitt's Creek] be changed to sound less profane. The Levys resisted and to prove their point, brought pages copied from a phone book showing listings for individuals with the "Schitt" surname. The CBC allowed them to keep the original title. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
There are 7 different types of English surname, originally based either on personal characteristics, location, occupation, estate, patronage, or ancestry. goodtoknow.co.uk/family/t…
Many African-Americans have Irish surnames (e.g. Shaquille O'Neal) because Irish and Blacks lived side by side in the ghettos of 19th century America. nytimes.com/2003/03/17/ny…
The Scottish surname MacTaggart is derived from a Gaelic phrase meaning β€œson of the priest” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
β€œFucks” and β€œFuck” are actual surnames that originate from Germany. They are the surnames of over 10,000 people worldwide houseofnames.com/fucks-fa…
That, Kemal AtatΓΌrk gave his adopted daughter Sabiha, a surname that translated as 'belonging to the sky'. She soon developed a passion for flying and went on to become the world's first female combat pilot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sab…
The House of Grimaldi has ruled Monaco since 1297. By law the reigning Prince or Princess must bear the surname of Grimaldi and until 2002 a treaty between Monaco and France stated that if the reigning Prince failed to leave dynastic offspring, sovereignty would revert to France. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou…
Dr. Gay Hitler, son of George Washington Hitler, was a well-respected dentist living in Circleville, Ohio. Because Adolf Hitler misspelled his grandfather's surname "Hiedler", the Hitlers of Ohio are likely the only true Hitlers allthatsinteresting.com/p…
80s hair band Warrant's lead singer Jani Lane's birth name was John Kennedy Oswald, born 3 months after his namesake's and his infamous surname's assassinations en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
Hubert Blaine held the world record for the longest personal name ever used. His full name is made up of 26 names followed by a 988 letter surname. There is debate over the correct spelling. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hub…
"The Dude" from The Big Lebowski was inspired by a real life friend of the Coen brothers, Jeff Dowd (who's actual surname is β€œDuda”), known as β€œDude” early on. He's one of the founders of the Sundance Film Festival and a successful movie marketer. historyvshollywood.com/re…
In 2009, British PM Gordon Brown hand-wrote a letter of condolence to a mother whose son had died in Afghanistan, in which he misspelled the son's surname. The Sun (a tabloid) wrote a scathing article criticizing his mistake. In this article, the paper misspelled the same name. theguardian.com/media/200…
The aliens from The Simpsons, Kang and Kodos, have a surname: Johnson! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan…
Nguyen is a very common Vietnamese family name, By some estimates forty percent of Vietnamese people bear this surname en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ngu…
"Nguyen," the most common Vietnamese surname, is the 9th most common surname in the Czech Republic/Czechia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vie…
Women named Virginia are disproportionately likely to move to Virginia in their adulthood. The same logic applies to women named Georgia and to those whose surnames begin with "Cal" (California) and "Tex" (Texas). opim.wharton.upenn.edu/DP…
Today I learned about 40% of all Vietnamese people have the surname Nguyα»…n. It is also the 7th most popular surname in Australia, and 2nd in Melbourne in particular. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ngu…
British Royal family are not required to have a surname and can use any territorial name instead (i.e. Harry Wales). royal.uk/royal-family-nam…
Luigi's surname is "Mario", so it's not wrong to say he's the "green Mario" after all! nintendoeverything.com/mi…
While 151,671 surnames describe 90% of the US population, there are a total of 6 million surnames, most (65%) with only one bearer archive.pov.org/apps/thes…
Wang is the most common surname in the world. forebears.io/earth#surnam…
German law prevents the use of surnames as first names and requires all first names to clearly indicate gender spiegel.de/international/…
Icelanders don't have surnames in the traditional 'western' sense, they take their fathers first name with son or daughter added on. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
People in Thailand (known then as Siam) did not commonly have surnames/family names until 1913, when the first Surname Act was promulgated. rosette.com/blog/analyzin…
The name Meredith was originally derived from the Welsh phrase meaning "lord of the sea". It was originally a surname and was later given to males and only relatively recently was given to females. babynamewizard.com/baby-n…
Nguyen is the most used surname in Vietnam - 39% en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ngu…
Mario from Mario Bros' surname is Mario, hence, Mario Mario mario.fandom.com/wiki/Mar…
Why we have middle names. The 3 names used today began in the Middle Ages when people were torn between giving their child a saint’s name or a common family name. The practice of giving 3 names eventually resolved the problem with a formula, given name 1st, baptismal name 2nd, surname 3rd mentalfloss.com/article/5…
A brother-sister duo in Iceland would have different surnames. As a surname; the boy gets his father's first name with a '-son' in the end, the girl also gets the father's first name but with a '-dottir' in the end. Ultimately they end up having different surnames. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…

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