Texas politician and rancher Samuel A. Maverick, who refused to brand his cattle and consequently saw his own surname immortalized as a brand for those independent few who refuse to follow the precepts of social order. smithsonianmag.com/arts-cโ€ฆ
Cicero's cognomen, or personal surname, comes from the Latin for chickpea(a type of lentil), cicer. Cicero was urged to change this deprecatory name when he entered politics, but refused, saying that he would instead make Cicero a glorious name. wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicero
In Spain, a municipality was named Castrillo Matajudรญos ("Jew-killer Camp") from 1627 to 2015. Matamoros (Moor killer), however, remains a common place name, surname, and even the name of several businesses in Spanish-speaking countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saiโ€ฆ
The German inventor Johannes Gutenberg's surname was Gensfleisch (trans: goose flesh) until his family moved to his mother's estate, which is where he took on the name of Gutenberg (trans: good mountain). newbremenhistory.org/en/cโ€ฆ
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/Japโ€ฆ
In 2009, the British tabloid newspaper The Sun apologised for misspelling the surname of a deceased soldier's mother in an article criticising then Prime Minister Gordon Brown's misspelling of the same surname theguardian.com/media/200โ€ฆ
George Segal was one of the first American film actors to rise to leading man status with an unchanged Jewish surname, thus helping to pave the way for artists such as Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoโ€ฆ
In 1982, Zimbabwe passed a law banning citizens from making jokes about the surname of the President, Canaan Banana. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canโ€ฆ
There are no common Thai last names. 81% of family names were unique. There is a law that does not allow one to create any surname that is duplicated with any existing surnames. Under Thai law, only one family can create any given surname: any two people of the same surname must be related. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisโ€ฆ
Jason Deruloโ€™s actual surname is Desrouleaux; Derulo is a phonetic respelling as a stage name en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasโ€ฆ
The anime Neon Genesis Evangelion character Asuka Langley Soryu's two surnames came from two World War II-era aircraft carriers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asuโ€ฆ
Around 650 residents in the town of Coria del Rรญo, Spain have the surname Japรณn (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_โ€ฆ
62% of surnames in America are unique and were recorded only once on the 2010 census census.gov/newsroom/blogsโ€ฆ
Singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley only met his father, singer-songwriter Tim Buckley, once when he was 8. The younger Buckley grew up as Scott Moorhead, based on his middle name and his stepfather's surname. He began going by his real name at age 9 after his father's death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefโ€ฆ
During the third year of World War I, Britainโ€™s King George V ordered the British royal family to dispense with the use of German titles and surnames, changing the surname of his own family, the decidedly Germanic Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, to Windsor. history.com/this-day-in-hโ€ฆ
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/Iceโ€ฆ
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/opinioโ€ฆ
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/articlesโ€ฆ
John Cleese's surname was changed in 1923 by his father, who believed that the original surname "Cheese" was embarrassing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johโ€ฆ
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/Dolโ€ฆ
There are many people in countries like Turkey, Indonesia and India that do not use a surname en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monโ€ฆ
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/Audโ€ฆ
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/Hubโ€ฆ
The Bridgestone tire company is named after its founder Shลjirล Ishibashi, whose surname means "stone bridge" in Japanese en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sh%โ€ฆ
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/ukโ€ฆ
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/nyโ€ฆ
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/Hubโ€ฆ
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 Hรณumรฒchรฉn were converted to Chen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheโ€ฆ
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 Williโ€™s widow and apologised for the mistake, and offered her a pension. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilโ€ฆ
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/Burโ€ฆ
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/pโ€ฆ
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/Schโ€ฆ
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/Durโ€ฆ
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/geograโ€ฆ
That, Kemal Atatรผrk 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/Sabโ€ฆ
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/Sheโ€ฆ
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/200โ€ฆ
There are 7 different types of English surname, originally based either on personal characteristics, location, occupation, estate, patronage, or ancestry. goodtoknow.co.uk/family/tโ€ฆ
โ€œFucksโ€ and โ€œFuckโ€ are actual surnames that originate from Germany. They are the surnames of over 10,000 people worldwide houseofnames.com/fucks-faโ€ฆ
The Scottish surname MacTaggart is derived from a Gaelic phrase meaning โ€œson of the priestโ€ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macโ€ฆ
"Nguyen," the most common Vietnamese surname, is the 9th most common surname in the Czech Republic/Czechia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vieโ€ฆ
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/Houโ€ฆ
"The Dude" from The Big Lebowski was inspired by a real life friend of the Coen brothers, Jeff Dowd (who's actual surname is โ€œDudaโ€), known as โ€œDudeโ€ early on. He's one of the founders of the Sundance Film Festival and a successful movie marketer. historyvshollywood.com/reโ€ฆ
Nguyen is a very common Vietnamese family name, By some estimates forty percent of Vietnamese people bear this surname en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nguโ€ฆ
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/Janโ€ฆ
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/Hubโ€ฆ
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/DPโ€ฆ
Today I learned about 40% of all Vietnamese people have the surname Nguyแป…n. It is also the 7th most popular surname in Australia, and 2nd in Melbourne in particular. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nguโ€ฆ
German law prevents the use of surnames as first names and requires all first names to clearly indicate gender spiegel.de/international/โ€ฆ

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