How Social is Your Name?

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The Most Popular Names in Social Networks

What’s the most “social” name in the networks? It may not be what you think it is because of many factors, the first being that many popular social networks operate using Roman (Latin) character sets. So, a surname like Chang may weigh low on the list because it has many Roman equivalents: Chang, Zhang, Chong, Cheung, Cheong, Chong, Jang.

Name validators are no better at distinguishing between the variances in pronunciations and spellings in names that have been converted from non-Roman alphabets. So when you’re entering client data, be sure that someone with the name George Li isn’t really George Lee; or Debbie Whang isn’t really Debbie Wang.

I’ve researched the top last names, based on data collected from 140 Million social network users worldwide. Here’s a list of the top 50, arranged from the highest frequency rate to the lowest. How social is your last name? Do you see it in the list?

No.FrequencySurname
1913,465smith
2571,819johnson
3512,312jones
4503,266williams
5471,390brown
6386,764lee
7360,010khan
8355,639singh
9343,220kumar
10324,972miller
11311,576davis
12280,747wilson
13277,466taylor
14263,054thomas
15260,203garcia
16258,501anderson
17245,078sharma
18236,778martin
19236,338rodriguez
20230,068ali
21226,143white
22225,097jackson
23223,170thompson
24221,085moore
25214,823ahmed
No.FrequencySurname
26201,310martinez
27199,151lopez
28188,844harris
29187,711patel
30185,105king
31177,520walker
32175,455hernandez
33172,994clark
34172,959lewis
35171,236robinson
36163,959young
37157,821gonzalez
38157,300hall
39155,551wright
40155,322scott
41154,630perez
42154,532green
43152,797allen
44150,361tan
45149,749shah
46145,495roberts
47144,804adams
48143,332nguyen
49142,322james
50141,683hill

Posted by: Geoff G.

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