07 June 2021

Military Monday: Surnames

NOTE: There's a hiccup with the new blog.

Smith, then Brown and then Wilson saw the most Canadian military fatalities in both wars. according to Commonwealth War Graves Commission records. For the population as a whole, for more than a century, Smith has been the most common surname in Canada, the next most common being Brown, Tremblay and Martin. 

The table below shows the most frequent surnames from CWGC records of Canadians who died in the two world wars.

SMITH (1)11
BROWN (4)22
WILSON (7)33
JONES (2)410
TAYLOR (6)56
McDONALD (-)722
MacDONALD (-)84
STEWART (-)1013
JOHNSON (5)118
SCOTT (35)1219
WHITE (11)1315
WILLIAMS (3)1417
THOMPSON (12)1511
MARTIN (15)169
WALKER (17)1725
MOORE (14)1818
MILLER (8)1912
CLARK (18)2016
YOUNG (36)2130
ROSS (-)2235
REID (-)2421
WRIGHT (22)2524

Tremblay ranked 530th in the FWW and 180th in the Second.

The number against the name in the first column is the rank given at https://www.findmypast.co.uk/surname/. Scots names are more prominent among the Canadian war dead.

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