11 Versions of “Average Joe” from Other Countries
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
Otto “normal consumer” or “middlebrow.”
2. CHINA: Zhang San
Translates to “Zhang 3.” Sometimes shows up with Li Si (Li 4) and Wang Wu (Wang 5).
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
Likewise in various Spanish-speaking countries in Central and South America.