I talked to someone today with the surname ‘Smith’ and wondered, why are there so many Smiths? It obviously derives from some sort of smith, some of which were blacksmiths but there are probably others.
But no matter how many smiths there were in ancient times, they could not have competed with ‘farmer’, but looking at the most common surnames below
Smith 2,501,922 1.006% 1st
Taylor 773,457 0.311% 10th
Baker 425,277 0.171% 37th
Farmer 74,610 0.03% 357th
So were there 33X more smiths than farmers in the old days? Or 6X more smiths than bakers? I would imagine ‘Farmer’ or ‘Baker’ would be first. Are ‘smiths’ just more likely to have male offspring?