Who “owns” your surname?

Go to Google News (preferably in an anonymous browser window so it’s not skewed towards your usual searches — though it will detect your location/country).

Search for your surname. Who comes up top?

For me it’s Immigration Minister Chris Bowen.

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11 thoughts on “Who “owns” your surname?”

  1. 1
    roger says:

    What a fun thing to do!
    I share a surname with a famous Australian (in history) so the first hit is a school named after the famous man.

  2. 2
    Alexander says:

    In Ancient History, it was me, but nowadays everyone is on the internet, and it’s a geological consultancy. I don’t even make the first page any more, but a member of my family does.

  3. 3
    enno says:

    If I google “Daniel Bowen”, you come up on top and Chris Bowen is nowhere to be seen.

  4. 4
    Wilson Afonso says:

    French golfer Caroline Afonso, whom I’d never heard of, followed by a few people who have Afonso as their first name.

  5. 5
    PaulK says:

    I share mine with a University in USA

  6. 6
    Julian says:

    Parramatta Lord Mayor Lorraine Wearne… Not very exciting.

  7. 7

    Me. Indeed all the hits refer to me.

  8. 8
    Bonnie says:

    The highest ranking person on Google News with my surname is a player with the Minnesota Vikings.

    If I google my whole name, I’m a founder of a community kitchen serving meals for the needy, a professor of sociology, a lawyer, and a medium.

    It’s also fun to submit your name to Google Images, and see all the other “yous” out there.

  9. 9
    enno says:

    I think I will change my name to DeLorean

  10. 10
    Kath Lockett says:

    Mine keeps flinging me back to Switzerland, where Lockett Pundt is on top.

    When referred back to Oz, it’s of course Tony Lockett.

  11. 11
    meski says:

    Alex Smith, of the SF 49ers, with 4635 references.

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