25 Of The Most Common Surnames Around The Globe

Papadopoulos

Papadopoulos

Obviously, this name is most popular in Greece and Cyprus, however, there are many with this surname in the United States and Australia too.

Kim

Kim

It's a fairly popular first name in many English-speaking countries but an even more common surname in both South and North Korea - the most common, in fact.

Lopez

Lopez

An extremely common name in Latin America, Lopez is a derivative of "lupus" which means "wolf".

Ahmed

Ahmed

It's worth mentioning that many of these names have variations in spelling of the same name with the same origins. "Ahmed" is certainly one of those, with many variations throughout the Muslim world.

Ivanov

Ivanov

This is the most common name in Belarus and the second most common name in all of Russia.

Traore

Traore

This is a hugely popular surname all across the West African countries of Mali, Senegal, and Guinea.

Yilmaz

Yilmaz

Even though you may not know anybody with this last name, it is by far the most popular surname in Turkey.

Anderson

Anderson

Of course, there are a handful of different ways to spell what is basically the same name. You might think it is most popular in places like the United States and the UK, however, per capita, it is far more common in the Nordic countries.

Wang

Wang

Only the most immature of you are laughing right now - know that.

The same name is often Romanisized as "Wong" but is essentially the same name. It is the most common last name in China; even more so than Lee.

Rodriguez

Rodriguez

A very common name throughout Spain, Latin America, and the US, Rodriguez is the most common surname in Columbia, and is also up there in Argentina and Brazil.

Khan

Khan

This is a very popular name in many Muslim countries including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Oman, Turkey, and there will be no prizes for guessing that the origin of the name belongs to Mongolia (Genghis, anyone?).

Nguyen

Nguyen

If you've met a handful of people from Vietnam, then there's a really good chance you've met a Nguyen. Of course, there are many migrants who have taken this name around the world, however, in Vietnam, around 40% of the whole country has this surname.

Cohen

Cohen

...Is the most popular last name in...you guessed it, Israel.

Muller

Muller

Nothing could be more German than a person with the last name Muller, however, it is also the most popular last name in Switzerland. Interestingly, it is ranked down at number 5 in Austria.

Gonzalez

Gonzalez

This surname is the second most common in Spain and is in the top five in many Latin American countries, making it a hugely popular name throughout the Spanish speaking world.

Kumar

Kumar

This is a name with Hindu origins and is not only a hugely popular surname in India, but an extremely common first and middle name too.

Muhammad

Muhammad

As we are probably all quite familiar with, there are a handful of different ways in which we can spell this name with Roman characters. But we also all know how popular this name is. It is not only a hugely common last name throughout the Islamic world, but just as popular as a first name.

Silva

Silva

Of course, this is a word of Latin origin which is popular throughout Portugal and its former Empire, and is popular in India, Sri Lanka, and of course, Portugal. But nowhere is it more common than in Brazil, with more than 1 in 10 people having Silva as their surname.

Smirnov

Smirnov

This, or a similar variant, is the most common last name in Russia. And yeah, you probably associate it with the vodka.

Fernandez

Fernandez

Another name which is very common in Latin America, Fernandez is also a very popular name in Spain (surprise!) and Portugal (where it might usually be spelled "Fernandes").

Novak

Novak

Yeah, we know that this is the guy's first name but the fact is that Novak is both a popular first and last name in the Czech Republic. In fact, it is the most popular surname in, not only that country, but also Poland and Slovenia, too. You'll also find many with the name in Croatia, Moldova, Serbia and Romania.

Rossi

Rossi

Rossi is the most common name in Italy and of course, wherever you find other populations of those with Italian heritage - which is a lot of countries - Australia, Brazil, and the United States, among them.

Martin

Martin

Think about how many people you know or have heard of with either a first or last name of Martin... It's the most common last name in France, but you'll find people all around the world, in many languages, who belong to a family of Martins.

Garcia

Garcia

Of all the names we've heard thus far which are Spanish in origin, this is the most common last name in Spain. It's extremely popular in Cuba, Mexico, and the United States, too.

Smith

Smith

To native English speakers, Smith, along with perhaps Jones, could sound like the most boring, benign surname a person could be born with. But that's only because it's so common in countries with citizens who can trace their roots back to England.

Smith is the most common name in England, Australia, Scotland, Canada, the United States and New Zealand.