In the United Kingdom and United States, John has historically been one of the most common male first names, and Smith is the most common surname in each. 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.
In popular cultureEdit
- John Smith is the pseudonym used by The Doctor in the popular BBC television series Doctor Who
- John Smith is the pseudonym used by Kyon in the popular light novel and anime series Haruhi Suzumiya
- John Smith is the pseudonym used by Four in the popular novel I Am Number Four