MySQL: Group By / count question

Hi All,

Table Name:  table1
Fields:  id, firstname, surname

How can I count the number of times each surname appears?

something like...

SELECT surname, count(surname) As "count" FROM table1 GROUP BY surname

example results would be

Surname      count(surname)
Smith             10
Jones              7
Archer            2


Many thanks
LVL 2
detox1978Asked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

GaryCommented:
You basically have it - no speech marks

SELECT surname, count(surname) AS surname_total FROM table1 GROUP BY surname
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
detox1978Author Commented:
thanks.  didnt think i was too far away  :-)
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
MySQL Server

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.