What Is the Most Common Name in the World?

In this country, the most common last name is Smith.

About 2,400,000 people in the United States are Smiths, or about one in every 100 persons! There are another 800,000 Smiths in England, and many more in other English-speaking nations.

But the most common last name in the world is Chang. About ten percent of the people in China bear that name, so the number of Changs in the world is probably over 80 million, more than the population of 150 nations!

In France, the most common last name is Martin; in Germany, it’s Schultz or Schulz; in Spain, it’s Garcia; and in the Soviet Union, it’s Ivanov.

The most common first name in the world is Mohammed!

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