Most Googled 2014: The people you searched for more than Isis this year will surprise you

You won't be expecting some of the names the British public most typed after the phrase “Who is…?” into the search engine

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It’s that time of year once again, yes for festive merriment, but also for Google to round up its biggest searches of the year.

And the UK results may surprise and disappoint you in equal measure. Street artist Banksy was the person the British public most typed the words “Who is” about. He was rumoured to have been arrested earlier this year, but is still very much a free man, presumably with a spray can not far from hand.

In second place in the “Who is…?” search was Celebrity Big Brother’s Frenchy, real name Angelique Morgan. In third came Dappy, the N-Dubz singer who was given a suspended jail sentence in November after being found guilty of for assaulting a man while still on a suspended sentence for a previous incident in Guildford.

These illustrious three come before a desire to know who more about Hamas (4), Sia (5), Ultron (6) and Isis (7). Yes, people wanted to know who Dappy was over the most powerful and effective extreme jihadi group in the world, responsible for numerous beheadings and untold scales of violence and suffering.

Also in the Top 10 featured US pop band R5 (8) and Sixties supermodel Twiggy (who could have been Twiggy Garcia, the man who attempted a citizen's arrest on Tony Blair earlier this year. It's difficult to tell) (9).

At number 10 is 15-year-old YouTube phenomenon Lohanthony (10), real name Anthony Quintal, whose most popular film is called “Calling all the basic bitches”.

Beyoncé topped the list of the most searched female celebrities, followed by Jennifer Lawrence, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift, while Ed Sheeran was the most searched for male celebrity.

Jay Z came second, trailed by Harry Styles, Benedict Cumberbatch and David Beckham.