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Joneses break world record in Wales

Keeping up with the Joneses acquired a whole new meaning on Friday. It now means trying to break the world record for the largest gathering of people with the same last name.

Keeping up with the Joneses acquired a whole new meaning onFriday night. It now means trying to break the world record for the largest gathering of people with the same last name.

More than 1,220 people whose last name is Jones converged on Cardiff, Wales, to breakthe record. Jones is said to be the most common surname in Wales, but many came from as far away as Canada, Australia and the United States.

Hotel operators in Cardiff reportedly had to distinguish people by their first names or the province or state they were from.

The event on Friday, held at the Wales Millennium Centre, was simply called "Jones, Jones, Jones."

Singers Grace Jones, Dame Gwyneth Jones and Gwyn Hughes Jonesperformed for their namesakes.

Welsh singer Tom Jones — born Thomas Woodward — sent a special message to those who gathered.

Attendees had to present photoidentification or birth certificates to Guinness World Record scrutineers.

The previous record for the largest gathering of people with the same last name was set by the Norbergs, who managed to get 583 people with that name together in Sweden in 2004.

With files from the Associated Press