TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The U.S. online lending firm NetCredit last week showed that Chen is the most common surname in Taiwan.
Collecting data from Ancestry.com and Oxford University, Wang was found to be the most prevalent surname in China and around the world. Scotland's The Sun pointed out that the first use of Wang dates back to 2852 B.C. and that one out of every 13 Chinese citizens uses it as their family name.
In South Korea, 20 percent of the population shares the family name Kim, while Sato was revealed as the most popular surname in Japan. The study also shows that Smith remains the most common surname in every English-speaking country, including the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, reported Liberty Times.
NetCredit noted that a surname could originate from five possible starting points: occupation, personal description, name of an ancestor, name of a place, or to signify a link to a benefactor. It said that Smith came from a term for metal workers and blacksmiths, whileJohnson could be interpreted as "son of John."
Due to the prevalence of Islam in sub-Sahara Africa, Muhammad is the common last name in Egypt. As far as Central and South American countries are concerned, Gonzalez, which means "war," is the most common, reported Yahoo News.
Map shows most common surnames (NetCredit photo)