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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.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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