Well there is something international about this letter in the Times Literary Supplement (October 18, p. 6, text subscriber only):
Sir,– I was amused by the example of the names of researchers matching their field of specialization cited in the review of David McKie’s book about surnames (October 4 [more here]). Particularly striking is the way this phenomenon can cut across languages and, indeed, alphabets. Thus a colleague and I became firmly convinced of its reality when happening upon an English language course book in St Petersburg entitled in Russian Shag za shagom (Step by Step) by the co-authors Bonk and Bonk.
HUGH APLIN Westminster School, London SW1.