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Sparee

In Tunisia, I'd say it's Ahmed and Mariam.. I know at least 10 of each


Iguesssowtfnot

In Egypt about 90% of the male population is called either Mohamed, Ahmed or Mahmoud, a lot more diversity when it comes to female names though.


GideonIsmail

That's funny because I had professor who told me about how he had a friend in Egypt who was planning on naming his son Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed and joked that if you yelled Mohammed in the streets, half the people there would look to see if they recognized you.


DL4CK

I have an Egyptian friend named Mohamed Mohamed. Makes so much sense now.


rootsandchalice

I also had a friend in highschool named Mohamed Mohamed. We called him Moe Squared. Lol


memusborger

Mario Rossi is the standard name in italy Edit: Alessandro, Andrea, Marco, Filippo and Mattia are wildly popular too for boys


thinkingincircles4

Francesco for guys, Francesca for girls


BigFatSandwhich

Paolo for guys, Paola for girls


brandonarreaga12

In Denmark its Anne and Peter. For newborns it's William and Ida


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In brazil (portuguese) is João and Maria


zapatodulce

These are the names of the two Brazilian kids I work with. I didn't realize João was so common.


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João is probably the most used male name around brazil, but biblical names (gabriel, miguel, daniel, ariel, samuel, nathaniel, etc.) are also very popular


MissVee1986

All the Brazilians I know is like 3 Garbriela, 4 Rafaela, and Nathaniel. Oh and a Fabiana.


Qurupeco47

In Portugal as well.


CheckP

In Iceland: Jón and Gunna


Fastbird33

Does Gunna happend to have a Soundcloud rap account?


flashmpm

Drip too hard


ogDeanster

Don’t stand too close


jacebam

You gone fuck around and drown


ryguy0204

Off this wave 🌊


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blessyouthanks

I been on the road


asianvanilla

I don't care where I go


geecheemane

Long as I get paid


Topsy_Turvy_Town

I'm guessing that means there's also a lot of Jónsson and Jónsdottir surnames


CheckP

You're right


throneofmemes

For some reason, Grace is a wildly popular name for Korean-American girls. We had so many Grace Kims that we had to distinguish by middle initial, and sometimes they even had the same middle initial.


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GelasianDyarchy

If they're Catholic, St. Andrew Kim Taegon was the first Korean priest and the patron saint of Korea.


ChibiShiranui

Dude that's rad AF I didn't know there were even patron saints of countries. I've always been curious about the Catholic Korean churches in my area because there's a bunch all pretty close together. Edit: I have been reminded of St. Patrick


dividezero

There's a patron saint for everything you can possibly think of. It's pretty interesting. Most saints are patrons of many things


mohvespenegas

Might also be because 은혜 is Grace in Korean an is also a popular name.


JRowMe

Grace/Esther/Amy for girls - I have 9 Grace Kims or Grace Parks in my contact list Daniel (Danny) and Chris for boys - I have 7 Danny Kims in my contact list


avatarjasper

Netherlands: Jan, Daan, Emma would be some


I_am_HAL

Also Sanne, Thijs, Tim and Julia.


MrSuitMan

Amongst American born Vietnamese, Kevin. ESPECIALLY if their last name is also Nguyen.


idontcaretv

Why is like every Vietnamese person's last name Nguyen? Edit: rip my inbox


Deripak

My Vietnamese friend told me Nguyen used to be some famous king or something like that. Also it´s not every Vietnamese person, only like every other.


FutureDrHowser

There were a ton of kings with the last name Nguyen. The Nguyen dynasty was the last imperial family which I think is one of the reasons there are so many (1/3 of the country).


rice-paper

I used to pronounce that name Nuh-GAI-en for so long. Then I found out it's "Win." But then I found out that it's not really "Win." Win just sounds close to what it really is. Can someone tell me how to really pronounce it! Any Vietnamese redditors?


ChurchOfPainal

"Ng" is like the sound you make for a word ending in "ing", but without the "i" sound. So say "ing", then hold your mouth in that position, and that is how you start saying "Nguyen". Then it also has an ễ. There are two separate diacritical marks that change how it is pronounced. The little hat above the e is basically just a different letter that makes it sound more like "een" than "in". The squiggle is the tone, which means you lower and then raise your voice (a graph of the pitch of your voice would literally look like ~)


Oaky--Afterbirth

I'm making a damn fool of myself reading this comment and trying to properly pronounce it.


earthlings_all

WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING


usedtoilet

BASICALLY JUST SAY NGWEEN (UPWARDS INFLECTION TOWARDS THE END, SIMILAR TO HOW YOU END A QUESTION) INSTEAD OF NGWIN


stay_shiesty

i tried this for five minutes and i finally just started saying "penguin" repeatedly. i don't feel so good.


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I'm in a doctors waiting room doing this... Realised that outside my headphones I'm just making NG ng ng ng ng weeeen in high-low alternating pitches jfc. Edit-thank you for the silver it helps with the shame!


thepoisonman

Are you sure it's not Kevinh?


halite001

Quevyunh


Mythologicalcats

Never met so many Charlottes until I went to the UK.


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Charlottes and Gemmas. So many Gemmas.


smoqueeeed

I went to school in the 90s and fucking everyone was called Gemma. I thought it was just a regional thing but apparently not. Laura is another really popular one.


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Bucca_AD

As a Charlotte, I find ‘Lottie’ insulting. It’s a real Marmite thing at the annual Charlotte meeting EDIT: Obligatory “shit this blew up” comment and Thank you for the Gold kind stranger! Now to figure out what this means! EDIT 2: Marmite thing refers to their slogan of you either love it or you hate it


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weirddogmom

I'm a Charlotte, too, and most Laurens I meet are dumb bitches.


VoldemortMeow

I’m a Lauren, can confirm.


musicissweeter

Emily. You mean Emilies. And Johns. In my whole of extended family we have three Emilies and five Johns. Why just why


csonny2

I think Emily is way more popular in the US now than Mary, at least in the last 30 or so years.


blackcloudcat

Two out of three men in Catalonia seem to be called Jordi. The rest are mostly called Xavi.


masorick

Last name Pujol for extra points.


WarsawWarHero

Xavi, Jordi and Pujol, mate FC Barcelona can only get so hard.


valley_G

My Portuguese godmother is one of 14 children, mostly girls. Every single girl except her is named Maria. That means about 9 of those 14 children have the same first name. They all have to go by middle names, some of which repeat also. Their parents weren't very creative.


wanderlenz

This sounds like an honest to god nightmare.


redchesus

That’s what I felt like when I was reading 100 Years of Solitude and trying to keep all the characters straight...


zwankyy

I heard J.K. Rowling has a hard time keeping characters straight, too


EnkoNeko

👉 AYO 👉


59FitnessThrowaway

I could hear this comment


DarkReviewer2013

But why would parents give all their children the same first name? It only serves to make everything needlessly confusing.


valley_G

Idk some of them died young so they reused names


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Also pt. Both my grandmothers are Maria. Also my mother and even my father ( José Maria). I'm glad I'm not...sort of ( Mariana )


boredandsinatra

South African here. I've met so many Siphos and Ayandas here. Both names can be for both genders. Edit: A few more South Africans have chimed in! I'm making a list now: Thabo, Thando, Thato, Ruan, Bianca, Jean, Jeandre, Carla, Michaela, Jacque, Thandi, Mpho, Lesedi, Pieter, Gert, Kobus, Jaco, Daniel, Nicole, Craig, Johan, Francois, Themba, Kyle, Matthew, Johanna Edit 2: My fok, Marelize! What's this popularity?


Re8jv24

Another South African here. I knew so many Siphos and Ayandas, can confirm. Among white Afrikaans speakers in South Africa you get a lot of Johan and Marie (in keeping with the John and Mary theme).


smoqueeeed

I'm in Indonesia and for guys it is probably Rafi or Ahmad, for girls Aulia or Annisa Also for guys Muhammad is obviously a popular one but not as much as you would think. Lots of girls called Angel and Callista as well.


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how does one pronounce 'Aulia'?


smoqueeeed

Like owlia


9x19gen4

Oh I was thinking like 'awlia'


wolfram_eater

You forgot Budi, it's in every textbook lol


Cibiii

In Serbia, John is Nikola and Mary is Marija


Reginafalangeee

Stefan and Milica were all the rage in the 90s!


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UK Chloe, Charlotte, Ben and Harry. I'm a Chloe


ButISaidPlease

England here. Fucking Daniel and Ellie EDIT: as shown below, English parents are extremely unoriginal, somehow the large majority of names fit


wiggaroo

But every guy under 20 is called Ollie


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anneomoly

Matt and Emily. But every girl born in the late 1980s was given the middle name Louise.


DemocraticRepublic

Kate is super common in England. So is John, to be fair.


Lakridspibe

In Denmark we use a lot of variants of **Johannes**: **Jens**, **Jan**, **Johan**, **Hans**, **Jon**, and the feminine form **Johanne**. Surnames like Hansen & Jensen are super common. On the top 20 af most used boys names, Jens, Jan and Hans are 2, 8 and 15. **Maria**, **Marie**, **Rie** are common variants of Mary, but **Maria** is "only" number 9 . **Anne**, **Kirsten** & **Mette** are the most common girl's names. **Peter**, **Jens** & **Michael** are the most common boys names. ​


Alicexkawaii

Julien and Marie in the French speaking part of Switzerland.


son0fabitch

Just wanted to confirm. I'm American, John and Mary are my parents' names.


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DemocraticRepublic

I know an American family who liked the name Mary so much, they named two of their daughters with the name.


Clickum245

George Foreman's sons are all named George.


yuumai

And his daughters, too.


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and his grill


lornstar7

And my axe


viddy_me_yarbles

Imagination was not among your parents' strongest skills.


myotheralt

Both of my sisters and I have the same initials. We had one monogrammed bath towel set, and we had to share it.


viddy_me_yarbles

Well that's just good planning. If they were really smart they would have had you on the same day too so they could save on birthday celebrations as well. Then they could just buy you a new monogrammed towel set each year.


EagerPhilanderer

Is your last name Winchester by any chance?


jokethepanda

And are they from Kansas?


kinyutaka

In Mexico, Juan and Maria


Copious-GTea

We have 5 Maria's where I work, they all get nicknames instead.


leomonster

In my country is mostly used as a first name, combined with a more uncommon one. (Maria Estefanía, María Emilia)


MakesShitUp4Fun

I had a friend who was among 5 brothers named Jose. Like your Maria, they all had uncommon middle names. My friend's was Jose Armando.


oh-my

Croatia chiming in: Ivan and Marija (John and Mary), arguably the most common. Followed probably by Ivana (Johanna) and Josip (Joseph).


mclaysalot

Wow. TiL Ivan means John. Nice.


CartoonJustice

There are more than a few. Here are [78 names that mean John](https://nameberry.com/list/144/Johns-International-Variations?all=1) if your curious.


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QuarterOztoFreedom

I live in the US and know way more Marias than Marys


sebalactico

In Colombia Boys: Andres or like Juan Andres, Carlos Andres, Etc.. Girls: Laura , so many Laura’s


old_gold_mountain

In France, Jean and Marie


NoFunHere

My buddy is Jean-Marie.


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Le Pen?


NoFunHere

No, thank you. I have a few. Appreciate the offer though.


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I am now desperately asking myself which one of us is being wooshed, and I'm afraid it's me :(


NoFunHere

I could let you suffer but I will admit I didn't understand your post so I posted a random smart-ass post of my own.


alomusic

Or in Québec, it's Jean and Jeanne!


amil_box

Remember, like a few years ago, every other boy was named Jason, and the girls were all named Britney?


Hashtagbarkeep

Wales Gareth, Owen, Rhys


AdorableFlight

In Ghana, we name people in accordance to the day they were born. So we have a tonne of Kwames, Kojos and Kofis.


billbapapa

I have known a crazy amount of Asian dudes who assumed the name Harry when they moved to North America for school. I have always wondered why it was so popular. ~~Edit: your most popular theory seems to be Asians love magic making Harry Houdini the go to. I’m sceptical, can any Asian dudes please confirm?~~ Edit: finally, after reading through almost 1000 comments the truth is revealed by /u/xiariishere, an actual Asian dude named Harry, who picked it cause he liked Harry Potter! ^^case^^closed


OrangeGrenade329

I know a ton of Asian dudes named Kevin. I have been mistakenly called Kevin multiple times. No idea why.


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trippy_grape

All Vietnamese with the last name Nguyen.


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MisterMetal

My dad has a friend from med school. His parents were Chinese, he was Jamaican and spoke with a Jamaican accent, his name was Irish after the priest who got the family to Jamaica. His name was Aidan McClaine.


Licensedpterodactyl

I was at a wedding once where the groomsmen were Edward, Heinz, and Pierre. They were all ethnically Chinese.


GrogbeardTheFearsome

This might be the best thing I've read today.


pittgirl12

Kevin is very common for Asian men, and Ellen is very common for Asian women. They also happen to be the names of my parents, who work for an Asian company. There's Kevins and Ellens everywhere


BooksandPandas

I feel like every Asian girl I went to school with was named Alice or Jennifer/Jenny. Also a lot of Asian dudes named Michael/Mike, and David.


AznInvaznTaskForce

I know a lot of Asian girls named Kelly. I also know at least 4 Asian guys named David


GibsonGod313

I know a handful of Japanese guys who go by Ken as their American name because Ken is also a common male Japanese name.


40WeightSoundsNice

I know of lot of Asian girls named Jenny


dleon0430

I was an ESL teacher in China for awhile. I had students who were given English names like Star, Cherry, Bambi for girls. Harry, Tom and Jerry for boys. I once had a kid named spiderman come through, but he was a cunt. Poor Hymen wasn't a cunt, but his parents insisted it was a strong name.


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James/Jamie is very common in Scotland


maggie_reeroo

I try and gauge what's the in names just now by thinking of what names there are plenty of in my school. Girls: Freya, Evie, Maya, Eilidh, Boys: Fraser, Callum, Ruairidh, Finlay Heavy Gaelic influence there. We are on the West coast and are seeing a big influx of Gaelic names in the past 5 years. Wee Mairead, Flòraidh, Peigi are cute, then there is a whole host of weird made up ones by romantic incomers.


AllKnightShift

I just came to say I'm black, and grew up in the hood and Tyrone is nowhere near as common as some seem to think.


castikat

The only Tyrone I ever knew was white


asiantigerj

"Lee, there's a million Lee's"


Spinerflame

"Sokka is obviously water tribe"


ancient-lyre

Actually my name is Wang Fire, and this is my wife, Sapphire.


GeezLouise10

Sapphire Fire, nice to meet you.


Hrekires

Mohammad (every Muslim country)


stepinonyou

Also Ahmed


Brawndo91

"It's the most common name in the world, read a fucking book."


therealityofthings

"take off the vest Fogel you look like Aladdin"


BaconWrappedEnigma

One name. What are you? Seal?


Efreshwater5

West Virginia: Billie For both sexes


goldengirlsmom

Hey hey hey. Billie-jo is female & Billie-bob is male.


BTLOTM

But what about Billie-Jean?


dolphin_menace

She's not my lover


Panchief

She's just a girl


haxoreni

who claims that I am the one


YaNnEY_x

But the kid is not my son


oh-my

I never understood how Billie comes from William and Dick from Richard. It took some mental gymnastics to come up with those nicknames, IMHO.


WesternExpress

Rhyming slang for both, William -> Will -> Bill -> Billie and Richard -> Rick -> Dick.


casual-nipples

You get Dick from Richard by asking him nicely. Edit: Gold and silver for a dick joke, thanks friends.


SelinaH02

Karl and Maria in Sweden


DuckWithBrokenWings

And yet, in American movies they insist on calling us Sven and Inga!


blackburn009

Shut up Sven.


Sven_88

No


sven2123

We should combine our forces


Sven_88

Sounds like a plan to me.


Aleriya

I wonder if those were popular names in Sweden in ~1880, peak Scandinavian immigration to the US. I'm from a part the US with a lot of Scandinavian heritage, and the jokey names are always Sven, Ole, Lena, and Lars. There is a whole category of "Sven and Ole" jokes. >Sven and Ole are up fixing the roof. Sven picks up a nail, looks at it, and throws it away. He picks up the next one, looks at it, and hammers it into the roof The next one, he hammers it into the roof; the next one, he throws it away. Ole says, "Sven, why do you throw away half the nails?" Sven says, "Ole, don't you see, they have the point on the wrong end!" Ole says, “Sven, don't be such a dummy! Those are for the OTHER side of the roof!” If you come from a Norwegian family, Sven and Ole are Swedish. If you come from a Swedish family, Sven and Ole are Norwegian. It's kinda funny that my family is ~140 years removed from Europe, and I still grew up making fun of the Swedish-heritage kids.


bluppen

They are clearly Norweigan though, Ole is the Norwegian spelling and Olle the Swedish!


dandymite

You were supposed to say Johan and Maria


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According to SCB, the [most common name for men](https://www.scb.se/hitta-statistik/statistik-efter-amne/befolkning/amnesovergripande-statistik/namnstatistik/pong/tabell-och-diagram/samtliga-folkbokforda--fornamn-och-tilltalsnamn-topplistor/tilltalsnamn-man-topp-100/) is Lars, and [for women](https://www.scb.se/hitta-statistik/statistik-efter-amne/befolkning/amnesovergripande-statistik/namnstatistik/pong/tabell-och-diagram/samtliga-folkbokforda--fornamn-och-tilltalsnamn-topplistor/tilltalsnamn-kvinnor-topp-100/), it's Anna. Johan and Maria come in at strong placings of #4 and #3 respectively, though. Karl is way down in the doldrums at #7.


Cl00wnz

In austria, Lukas and Lena


espressodepressoo

In Finland it’s Matti (man) and Maija (girl)


sotapieru

And everybody knows at least one Aleksi, Aino, Tommi or Jani.


xGrandArcher

in Russia: Ivan and Masha in Israel : Moshe and Sara (?)


KnightsOfCidona

I'm guessing you're an Israeli Russian Jew.


xGrandArcher

That is correct.


Findthepin1

Lol ur half my city We’re all Russian or Eastern European Jews but there’s a huge Chinese immigrant population now coming in


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qwerty_38

You should have formed a band called Mohammed 4


garfieldsam

Muhammad and the Mohammeds


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In Greece, Maria & Eleni (Helen) and Yorgos (George) & Yannis (John)


UCFandOCSC

"It was between McLovin and Muhammad." ​ "Why the fuck would it be between that an Muhammad?! Why not pick a common name?!" ​ "Muhammad is the most common name on the planet. Read a book why don't you?" ​ ​


Tyrann0saurus_Rex

In Romania, Ion and Maria


kashoo56

Ion, Gheorghe and Maria / Half of Romania.


cioorapel

Yes, but nowadays there are more Andrei, Mihai, Alexandru and Alexandra.


cnfit

Ali in the Middle East. I went to school in an area with a lot of students from the middle east. I had 4 Ali's in a class of about 30 students. The professor literally referred to them as "Ali 1" "Ali 2" "Ali 3" and "Ali 4".


kontsu

I have a friend named Ali and all his five brothers are too Ali. They just have different middle names, some Turkish tradition I heard.


nerdorama

In Catalonia, all dudes are named Jordi.


Graphitetshirt

[🎵🎶🎵 I went to school with 27 Jennifers](https://youtu.be/1nN_5kkYR6k)


dobraf

[relevant](https://imgur.com/gallery/JleFnu7)


Re-Misterio

I am hungarian and we have common names for both 50+ people 30+ people and younger. For 50+ ladies, Mária, Zsuzsanna and Éva are pretty common names, for men it is István, József, Mihály and Ferenc ( almost no young people weat these names ) For 30+ women , Katalin and Marianna are common names, for men it' s Gábor and Sándor For women under 30, most common names are Jázmin, Anna and Boglárka. For men, Máte, Bence and Balázs.


laura_coop_hast

In dog-- Boys: Spike, Buddy, Max Girls: Bella, Luna, Daisy Unisex: Oreo


VanEarly

I'm a dog bather, I swear every little white dog is named bella


forever_a10ne

I’m not a dog bather, and I swear every little white dog is named Bella. My great aunt and one of my good friends both own a Bella that just so happens to be a little white dog.


mochikitsune

My cat is named spike, and it always throws people off because everyone assumes I have a dog so when I whip out the cat pics they are very confused


NeighborhoodVandal

Puerto rico here, Cabrón is pretty standard.


HeisGuapoYaDingus

Popular middle name is usually Coño. “Maria Coño, do the dishes”


mr_super_socks

You’re gonna get someone in trouble with his Spanish teacher.


Spock_Savage

Florida is kind of like another country, Gator for men, Gatorade for women.


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Spock_Savage

At least once every three months.


Hyro0o0

I posted this exact question a few years ago, and had it removed because it was "something I could Google" and therefore not appropriate for AskReddit. ​ What I'm trying to say is, enjoy the sweet karma that was once denied to me, OP.


joeke99

I gave u an upvote to help soften ur past losses


fiveacii

In Turkey, Mehmet and Ayşe