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The UK’s most common surnames have barely changed over the last century, data has shown, with most British regions retaining the same selection recorded by officials in 1881.

Like many others, the country occasionally takes censuses of the population, collecting a range of details from names to marital status to create a “snapshot of society”.

The UK’s first census was conducted more than 200 years ago in 1801, with a following sample taken 40 years later.

The last one that century, conducted in 1881, documented the seven most popular names across each home nation.

New censuses from the 21st century have found the trend established during the time of Queen Victoria is now nearly unchanged.

In 1881, the most popular surname in the UK was Smith, which was largely dominant in nearly every English borough aside from Westmoreland, Northumberland, Devon and Cornwall.

Jones was a close second, being the majority surname in all but two Welsh boroughs – Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire – where Davies was most dominant.

Smith, Jones and Davies were followed in popularity by Harris, Williams, Thompson and Atkinson, which made up the majority of surnames in Devon, Cornwall, Northumberland, and Westmoreland, respectively.

Names were widely scattered in Scotland, with no significant majority surname, but Campbell was the most popular.

As of 2016, when the last list of most popular surnames was released, more than a third of them were the same as in 1881.

The 2016 census data found Smith remains the most popular surname in Britain, being held by 546,000.

Jones, again, placed second, with census takers finding that 422,023 people held the surname.

Williams and Taylor followed in third and fourth, with 294,625 and 250,780 of each, respectively.

Davies appears on the list again, but further down in fifth place in 2016, with 215,074 holding the name.

The sixth, seventh and eighth most popular names were Brown, Wilson, and Evans, as the census found 195,410, 186,540, and 171,816 people held the name.


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