Interesting facts about surnames

The most common surname in our country is Ivanov. In Russia, she met in four forms: the Serbs who lived with us bore the surname Ivanov with an emphasis on the first syllable, officers and people of the "noble" rank demanded that they be called Ivanov, with an emphasis on the second syllable, soldiers and commoners pronounced their surname Ivanov, with stress on the last syllable. Clergymen, based on the fact that Ivan is John in Slavonic, often signed with John.

The most common surname in the world is derived from the word "blacksmith".

In Russia, the Kuznetsovs occupy only the third place - after the Ivanovs and Smirnovs -, but if we add to them the Kovalevs, Kovalchuks, Kovalenko and Kovalei (in Ukrainian “koval” means “blacksmith”), then, perhaps, this ratio will change somewhat.

An interesting fact, in the Anglo-Saxon countries one of the most common surname is Smith. The same can be said for the Schmidts in Germany and Austria. "Smith" and "Schmidt" translated into Russian means "blacksmith". Similar surnames are widespread in other countries, at least Kovalevsky in Poland.

The surname, which is the rarest in the world, is borne by one oriental family. There is not a single letter in it and we denote it by one apostrophe (a kind of aspiration before the beginning of a word).

In Sweden, there are 700 thousand people bearing the surname Anderson - this is almost every tenth inhabitant of the country. In addition, there are about half a million Johansons, hundreds of thousands of Olsons, Svensons and Petersons.