You probably guessed it, Papadopoulos, my surname, is the most popular surname in Greece according to the World Atlas.
Although the most popular in Greece, it is also used in Cyprus and countries of the Greek diaspora as well, such as the USA, United Kingdom, Australia and Scandinavian countries. Its female version corresponds to the masculine genitive Papadopoulou.
And if you’re wondering what it means, it is a composite of two words, ‘papas’ meaning priest and ‘poulos’ the ancient Greek word for ‘offspring’. Other cultures have the equivalent ‘child of’ ‘son of’ endings to their surnames, think Williamson.
The fascinating history of surnames never ceases to amaze, with many having originated from trades, professionals to traits and characteristics.
For example the most common last name in the United Kingdom is Smith which comes from an Old English word meaning “metal worker.”
Following the most popular names in various countries:
Bosnia & Herzegovina Hodžić
Czech Republic Nováková
Netherlands De Jong
United Kingdon Smith