Sunday, June 04, 2006

'Pigden' Prestigious, 'Windsor' Not

The Surname Profiler from University College London (which I wrote about in January) proves that "Pigden" is more prominent than the princes' proper name.

The name Pigden, despite its prosaic origins, is also in the top 1%.

Roger Pigden, 57, owner of a car repair business in Newbury, Berkshire, said he was surprised at the status of his name.

Pigden, son of a British Airways pilot, said he was “reasonably well to do” but added:

“I don’t have any important connection . . . I don’t mix with any famous people.”

Windsor, the assumed name of the royal family — formerly Saxe-Coburg-Gotha — turns out to be outranked by about a third of the population. [Link]

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