Alex Massie

Kith and Kin: Global Edition

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Ever wondered how common your surname may be? Ever wondered where folk who share your name live? Well, now you can find out!

Unsurprisingly, Massies tend to be found in the UK and the dominions. In fact Massie is now a more common name in Canada (46 of us per million names), the USA (41) than the UK (38). Australia (26 per million) and New Zealand (15) come next. In the USA, you're most likely to find us in Virginia and West Virginia; in Canada its Quebec and Alberta. I'm also intrigued by the wee cluster of Massies around Biarritz in south-western France. By contrast, everyone with my mother's maiden name seems to have moved to Taranaki and Waikato in New Zealand, leaving few folks behind in Scotland.

Who knows how accurate any of this is? According to the World Names Profiler, Massies are most commonly called Linda, Susan, Janet, Peter and Leonard. No-one in my family has any of those names...

Anyway, diverting and mildly interesting.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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