John Smith is a name often regarded as the archetype of a common personal name in most English-speaking countries, a generic name sometimes representing "everyman" or "the average person."

In the United Kingdom and United States, John has historically been one of the most common male first names,[1] and Smith is the most common surname in each.[2] It is a recurrent pseudonym and placeholder name in those countries (especially in legal contexts). In this fashion it is similar to the name "Joe Bloggs" in the United Kingdom and "John Doe" in the United States. It is commonly used as a word for unidentified subjects.

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