East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

My name, all over the world

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I took a tour of the Forebears website – a huge, wonderful resource for genealogical research1.
And of course I checked out my family name.
Turns out that Mana is the 8.487th most common surname in the world, so that about 67.000 people share my family name.
Quite a lot2.
But here the fun bit starts, because if we look at the distribution of these cousins of mine…


… turns out the Mana family name is prevalent in India, while the highest density of Mana is to be found in French Polynesia.

And as the Forebears site points out…

The meaning of this surname is not known.

Exotic and mysterious, eh?

  1. and therefore a great resource for writers. 
  2. I was reminded of that writer fellow who said “I want nothing to do with Mr Mana or his people” – tough luck…
    And it’s Dr Mana, incidentally. 

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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