Anand Singh, higher identified to locals as Bob the Barber, is pleased with his common Singh surname. Photograph / Provided
He is identified domestically as Bob the Barber from Birkenhead however this small enterprise proprietor occurs to have the one hottest final identify within the nation.
Based on newest information from the Registrar-Basic of Births, Deaths and Marriages in 2019 the commonest final identify in New Zealand and Auckland was the Sikh surname, Singh.
It was adopted by Smith, Kaur, Patel and Williams.
Registrar-general Jeff Montgomery mentioned the emergence of names similar to Singh, Kaur and Patel mirrored each immigration and spiritual affiliation developments.
Anand Prakash Singh, 61, who’s also referred to as Bob, got here to New Zealand 34 years in the past from Fiji.
He is happy the identify that originated from a warrior class in India is making waves right here.
“Indians just like the identify. It is like singing a tune. It is a massively common identify in New Zealand, Auckland and world wide as effectively.”
And he is fast to brush off any confusion with so many having the identical surname.
“No, no, no. We have now a primary identify and a second identify too. Indian names are fairly lengthy,” he mentioned.
“Singh is king.”
Most typical surname by area:
• Northland – Smith
• Auckland – Singh
• Bay of Loads – Singh
• Waikato – Smith
• Gisborne – Allen, Brown, Kemp, Williams
• Taranaki – Smith
• Hawke’s Bay – Singh
• Manawatu-Whanganui – Anderson
• Wellington – Patel
• Nelson – Marshall, Taylor, Smith, Stewart, Thompson
• West Coast – Smith
• Canterbury – Smith
• Otago – Smith
• Southland – Wilson