Smith, Taylor, and Jones have topped the charts as Lancashire’s most common surnames for more than 130 years.
The county boasts an impressive 29,164 Smiths, making up 5.8% of the country’s 500,000-strong Smith population. The name takes the number one spot for most prevalent surname in the UK, as well as in Australia and the United States, and owes its massive popularity to its non-descriptness. Originally derived from blacksmith, the name was frequently adopted by those who wanted to keep their identities secret, or anglicise their name to avoid discrimination.
The second most popular surname, Taylor, belongs to 22,401 people in Lancashire and originated in South West England from the occupation of tailor.
Jones ranks in at third place with 16,945 people using the name, which originated in Wales and means ‘John’s son’. The first officially registered Jones in England was a woman known as Matilda Jones, who lived in Cambridgeshire 1273, and has been popular ever since.
Lancashire also boasts more than 12,000 Wrights, Wilsons, Lees, and Martins, and more than 10,000 Robinsons, Williamses, and Evanses, all of which find their origins within the UK, with the exception of Martin, which was brought to the county with the Roman conquest of Britain.
Old favourites such as Shaw, Turner and Howarth, which ranked 18th, 19th and 20th respectively in an 1881 census, have been bumped down on the list, with Shaw dropping out of the top 100 entirely. Meanwhile, the Irish surnames Murphy and Walsh and Indian surname Patel have soared into 12th, 13th, and 17th place respectively.
Most common surnames in Lancashire
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