Saturday, March 28, 2009

Smith, Jones, Zhang, Singh and Patel

While Smith and Jones remain Britain's most popular surnames, new research has found that Asian names such as Zhang, Singh and Patel are rapidly catching up. A century of immigration has seen the nation's dictionary of names drastically altered to include a host of foreign ones, the study said. It found that within the last 100 years, the number of people named Ahmed, Singh and Ali, has increased by more than 1,000% each. The name Zhang was found to be the fastest growing name, having risen by 4,718% in popularity in just 13 years. People named Singh and Patel were also found to be at a record high, with 95,203 and 53,295 of them respectively currently living in Britain. An influx of surnames from the Asian subcontinent, China, and southern Africa – such as Aslam, Kim, Xu, Ndlovu and Ncube – was also noted by the researchers. Despite a more mobile population in recent decades, the researchers found that many of the more traditional British surnames were still found clustered in specific parts of the country. People with surnames ending in "thorpe" and "ing", which originate from Viking invaders, were still found to be most prevalent along the east coast of England, where they landed hundreds of years ago.


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