Average Joe, Joe Schmo, John Doe. He’s bland and average. Faceless, but not nameless. Every country needs a way to talk about just “some guy.” Here’s what 11 countries call that typical guy, who might have no specific qualities, but is still “one of our own.”
1. Germany: Otto Normalverbraucher
Literally, Otto “normal consumer."
2. China: Zhang San, Li Si
This translates to “Three Zhang, Four Li”—a reference to some of the most popular Chinese surnames.
3. Denmark: Morten Menigmand
4. Australia: Fred Nurk
Sounds pretty normal to me.
5. Russia: Vasya Pupkin
With a name like that, it’s hard not to be a typical schmo.
6. Finland: Matti Meikäläinen
Meikäläinen looks like a typical Finnish surname, but it also means “one of us.”
7. Sweden: Medelsvensson
Just your average Svensson.
8. France: Monsieur Tout-Le-Monde
“Mr. Everyone.” Also goes by Jean Dupont.
9. UK/New Zealand: Joe Bloggs
Still an average Joe (but can also be a Fred).
10. Italy: Mario Rossi
In Italy they just use a common name.
11. Latin America: Juan Pérez
The same is true in various Spanish-speaking countries in Central and South America.
A version of this list first ran in 2014.