My last name is not very special, last time a kind of census was held, 554 people with my last name were counted in the Netherlands. Yet I see it a lot in print, on tv or online. And all that is due to one man, Hubert Bruls, mayor of Nijmegen. In that capacity, he is the chairman of the safety council formed by a group of mayors, a council that supports the national government in an advisory capacity.
I see my own name everywhere, attributing opinions and quotes to me that I have never made. Even now we have been dealing with Covid for so long, it is still a weird feeling seeing this. I hope covid is gone before I get used to it.
I am curious if this is just as weird if you have a rather bland and much used name like Smith or the Dutch equivalent, Smeets.