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Old 14 October 2007, 22:56   #1
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Most common surnames

I just looked at a list of the top surnames in the USA - now I know loads of Yanks are of British decent but I was shocked to see the top 17 surnames are all British - loads of Welsh ones as well - truly our cousins!!!

Surname Approx Number % Frequency Rank
SMITH 2,501,922 1.006 1
JOHNSON 2,014,470 0.81 2
WILLIAMS 1,738,413 0.699 3
JONES 1,544,427 0.621 4
BROWN 1,544,427 0.621 5
DAVIS 1,193,760 0.48 6
MILLER 1,054,488 0.424 7
WILSON 843,093 0.339 8
MOORE 775,944 0.312 9
TAYLOR 773,457 0.311 10
ANDERSON 773,457 0.311 11
THOMAS 773,457 0.311 12
JACKSON 770,970 0.31 13
WHITE 693,873 0.279 14
HARRIS 683,925 0.275 15
MARTIN 678,951 0.273 16
THOMPSON 669,003 0.269 17

http://names.mongabay.com/most_common_surnames.htm

The full list.
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Very interesting. I am sure that folks living on the West side of the pond will appreciate your comments. HOWEVER, you need to understand that your repeated use of the term "Yank" is offensive. You have been advised of this many times, but you continue using this term. Using "Americans" really does not take much more effort and would be much more polite.
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We are 9th. Interesting.
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....use of the term "Yank" is offensive.
But Limey is ok, Linda?
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HOWEVER, you need to understand that your repeated use of the term "Yank" is offensive. You have been advised of this many times, but you continue using this term. Using "Americans" really does not take much more effort and would be much more polite.
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I agree. I now use the term 'hand crank' instead.
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But Limey is ok, Linda?
What can I say???
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I agree. I now use the term 'hand crank' instead.
or 'septic tank'
got to be better than 'you welsh sheep sh*gger'

personaly you can call me anything but early
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Here in my area of New England we seem not to be bothered by the term "Yanks". From what we read in the foreign press "Yank" is kind of endearing.
I worked with the "British"(is that PC now) Army in Germany in the mid 70s and that all I heard plus a few other not to be used on a family forum such as this.
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HOWEVER, you need to understand that your repeated use of the term "Yank" is offensive.
Isn't life just getting too complicated nowadays.

I remember when you would say.

"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me"

Seems that some people can't even stand a bit of lite banter !

Call me stupid but being English I get flack from every corner and am expected to stand it. Personally it makes me feel good that other folks seem to be so jealous of us. (Not sure why though, given the state of the country at the moment).

Roll on next weekend and a Rugby World cup final. It was so delicious to beat the French.

Oh and when you want to get PC and throw a few insults around understand this.

I am English. My daughter is English. My son is Scottish. My wife is from Ulster. I suppose we are all British but it causes a few fights when the footer is on !

And you've got to feel really sorry for my son because although he's a Jock he's got a southern English accent. LOl.
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