Smith, Wang, Wilson: NZ's top names

Last updated 14:59 14/08/2014
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NZ'S MOST POPULAR SURNAMES: Statistically, these new arrivals' surnames are most likely to be Smith, Wilson or Williams.

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Smith continues its 100-year reign as the most common surname in New Zealand - although Asian names are increasing in popularity and dominate the Auckland area.

Internal Affairs records show that while Smith, Wilson and Williams were the three most popular family names in the country in 2013, Singh and Wang - at seventh and eighth respectively - have overtaken names such as Anderson and Thompson. 

Smith has been the most popular family name since 1913.

In Auckland the top four surnames this year were Wang, Li, Chen and Liu, and 14 of the top 20 were of Asian descent.
Smith came in at 5th, while Taylor was the next European surname at 11th.

In Wellington and Christchurch, Smith remained the most popular, while names such as Williams, Brown and Jones remained prominent.

Registrar-General of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Citizenship, Jeff Montgomery, said the changes over the years can be seen in figures for previous years released for the first time by the department today. 

"The figures are also affected by how common surnames are among each ethnic group - the fewer surnames within a group, the higher the chances of making the top 20".

The top surnames for New Zealand, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch are:

Top surnames 1913 (29808) 1963 (64955) 1988 (57999) 2003 (57946) 2013 (58297)  
1 Smith Smith Smith Smith Smith  
2 Wilson Wilson Williams Williams Wilson  
3 Brown Brown Wilson Wilson Williams  
4 Taylor Williams Taylor Brown Brown  
5 Jones Taylor Brown Taylor Taylor  
6 Williams Anderson Jones Jones Jones  
7 Anderson Jones Thompson Thompson Singh  
8 Thompson Thompson Walker Anderson Wang  
9 Campbell Scott Anderson Lee Anderson  
10 Johnson Walker King Harris Li  
11 King Harris White Edwards Thompson  
12 Clark King Campbell King Walker  
13 Scott Martin Johnson Walker Lee  
14 Thomas Johnson Martin Martin Chen  
15 Walker Clark Scott Singh Patel  
16 Martin Young Harris Campbell Zhang  
17 Stewart Campbell Thomas Johnson Martin  
18 Wright Stewart Hall Robinson King  
19 Thomson Robinson Stewart Thomas Harris  
20 White White Clark White Kumar  
Top surnames (place birth "Auckland") 1913 
(786)
1963 (6259) 1988 (9758) 2003 (11668) 2013 (11760)  
1 Jones Smith Smith Lee Wang  
2 Smith Williams Williams Smith Li  
3 Taylor Taylor Taylor Williams Chen  
4 Wilson Brown Jones Brown Liu  
5 Reid Harris Wilson Chen Smith  
6 Thompson Wilson Brown Li Zhang  
7 Brown Jones King Patel Lee  
8 Edwards Anderson Patel Zhang Patel  
9 Mills Clark Thompson Kim Huang  
10 Murray Thompson Walker Wang Singh  
11 Phillips Walker Anderson Jones Taylor  
12 Shepherd Johnson Stewart Wilson Wilson  
13 Stewart Martin Thomas Huang Jones  
14 Armstrong Scott Harris Hall Brown  
15 Bennett Campbell Johnson Taylor Wu  
16 Carter Matthews Shaw Liu Yang  
17 Donovan Watson Green Campbell Wong  
18 Greenwood Davis Simpson Walker Xu  
19 Hodgson Mitchell Bell King Kim  
20 Hogan White Martin Lin Zhou  
Top surnames (place birth "Wellington") 1913 (1807) 1963 (3781) 1988 (3394) 2003 (3739) 2013 
(3455)
1 Smith Smith Smith Smith Smith
2 Brown Taylor Thompson Williams Williams
3 Williams Williams Wilson Brown Patel
4 King Robertson Williams Jones Brown
5 Taylor Wilson Campbell Taylor Jones
6 Wilson Anderson Brown King Taylor
7 Reid Campbell Jones Wilson Wilson
8 Richardson Robinson Johnson Edwards Robinson
9 Robertson Turner Martin Campbell Johnson
10 Ward Brown Patel Gray Anderson
11 Collins King Anderson Ferguson Campbell
12 Hill Thompson Cook Johnson Harris
13 Johnson Young Ward Martin Johnston
14 Jones Lee Clarke Simpson Mitchell
15 Parker Jones Henderson Davis Thomson
16 Stewart Burns James Henderson White
17 Bennett Clark Stewart Scott Young
18 Campbell Cook Tan Ward Baker
19 Holmes Hall Taylor White Collins
20 Murphy Harris Thomas Wright Fraser
Top surnames (place birth "Christchurch") 1913 
(536)
1963 (4715) 1988 (3730) 2003 (5599) 2013 
(5628)
1 Smith Smith Smith Smith Smith
2 Jones Wilson Wilson Wilson Taylor
3 Rutherford Williams Williams Brown Brown
4 Taylor Brown Taylor Williams Jones
5 Wilson Taylor Brown Taylor Wilson
6 Wright Anderson Campbell Thomas Williams
7 Cooper Jones Thomas Scott King
8 Cox Scott Wright Moore Li
9 Duncan Wright Anderson Harris Harris
10 Hart Robinson Harris Anderson Mitchell
11 Henderson Clark Jones Jones Robinson
12 Roberts Roberts Moore Lee Scott
13 Thomas Thompson Robertson Robertson Zhang
14 Watson Walker Scott Watson Thompson
15 Williams King Ward Hill Young
16 Adams Moore King Johnson Lee
17 Allan Watson McDonald Stewart Wang
18 Allard Young Mitchell Thompson Johnson
19 Bennett Gray Walker Ward Martin
20 Boone Fraser Davies Young Thomson

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