Monday, June 04, 2007

Keep it in the Family

Professor Sykes did some research and proved that he was related to all the other Sykes (what's the plural of Sykes?) in the UK.
This includes Melanie and Eric.
The Observer Surnames Supplement tells us where the highest concentrations of people with the same surname are found.
Melanie and Eric both come from the Oldham area.It tells us that 'Kay' is a metonymic name (based on occupation) mostly found in Bolton.
So Peter and Vernon are family.
I'd always thought that it was a coincidence that Joe Cocker and Jarvis Cocker hailed from Sheffield. But no doubt their family trees overlap somewhere.
Find your region here.
So what about these two ageing beauties?
Brother managers?
or:Surely not!




Blogger I, like the view said...

can't comment on the surname - my daughter and I are the only females in the Northern Hemisphere with ours. . .

(and my maiden name is equally unusual)

however, I can tell you that I reguarly see one of the people in your photo bank above in the queue at the checkouts in my local supermarket!

9:22 am  
Blogger Vicus Scurra said...

Charles and Barbara Windsor?
OJSimpson and the Duchess of Windsor?
Kenneth and Hylda Baker?
Boris and LB Johnson?

10:36 am  
Blogger Pete said...

only a little late

11:20 am  
Blogger Geoff said...

Durham for my dad's side, Torquay for my mum's. When my dad moved to the north-east he mentioned there were a lot of people there with our surname.

I'd better find a new football team.

1:45 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Ooh - Who is it? Joan Collins?

I thought of Babs and Chas, but his real surname is probably Heidelberger or Schadenfreude.

I'll leave BoJo to you.

OK - so you are a trendsetter.

It's a bit disturbing.
Both mine were originally from dahn sahf.
And I thought I was a blue blooded Bolton/Blackburn cross.

3:08 pm  
Blogger Gareth said...

I have two rare surnaame in the family, my own where I know 95% of everyone who currently bares it, and my maternal grandmothers maiden name, where all but two of the British born people who were given it at birth were born in the small West Wales town of Cardigan.

7:18 pm  
Blogger Midnight said...

I much prefer Kate's bush.

9:17 pm  
Blogger Murph said...

Who is that suave, witty black chap with the actor from Trading Places Kaz?

Anyway we're a more likely double act than Charles and Barbara Windsor.

9:40 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

I take it you aren't called Gareth Jones then.

I prefer Jarvis's cocker.

Ah - you jest.
'Tis your beautiful self!
Unless you were the star of Trading Places.

10:13 pm  
Blogger Murph said...

Actually Andrew Marr and Phil Collins look like separated twins ... I wonder if there was a mix-up at the maternity ward?

6:38 am  
Blogger Betty said...

My mother's maiden name was one of the most common in the area we lived in (there used to be a running joke about how many of us there were in the phone book) and my dad's surname is apparently one of the most common in the former Yugoslavia.

I have a feeling that I may be too much of an inbreed for my own good.

8:23 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

And funnily enough - Johnny Marr has an uncanny resemblance to Joan Collins.
Have we spotted a conspiracy here?

But at least you are a genuine *cross* rather like Eddie Murphy's little broher.

11:18 am  
Blogger Arabella said...

I was pleased to dump my father's name after years of misspelling and mispronunciation, when I married and chose to wear The Husband's. I quickly learned that Americans can't spell his either.

5:44 pm  
Blogger Gareth said...

No I'm not Gareth Jones, but if I had taken mum's surname, and my parents had decided to go with their initial choice for my first name I'd be Aled Jones.

6:41 pm  
Anonymous NiC said...

On the last paiur I recognised Murph straight away but couldn't remember for the life of me what the other one was called. I think I spend too much time reading blogs.

7:12 pm  
Blogger Roses said...

Well, one of the pair of Murphs is about to be hit with a paternity suit.

And Murph has been going on about puppies on his blog...

8:11 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

I see you have a healthy respect for the natives of your adopted country then.

The common spelling of my dad's name had an ou but we had oo. Consequently my teachers thought I couldn't spell my own name and used the red pen.

Be thankful for small mercies.
What a winger that man has turned out to be.
No that's not winger as in football - you know what I mean.

This really made me laugh.
I'm just the same. Is it the real world or is it Blogland?

True - but hasn't he had the operation?
Perhaps Eddie wishes he'd had it as well.

8:31 pm  
Anonymous Gert said...

When Bush Senior was President, the Guardian produced proof that he was related to Kate Bush. Or, at least a friend told me that at the time.

9:02 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Well Reagan's son was a ballet dancer - so anything's possible.

10:00 pm  

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