Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' name was the most used in all forms of media in 2011, according to the Global Language Monitor.

In fact, Jobs was so far ahead in the rankings that he outscored the second-placed name - Osama bin Laden - by more than 30 percent.

The Global Language Monitor tracks English-language activity on the web, including news outlets, blogs, social media as well as print and electronic magazines.

Other names in the top 10 list include Fukashima - the epicentre of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan - and Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian fruit vendor who set himself on fire in the Arab Spring. Kate Middleton, Muammar Gaddafi and President Obama were also in the mix.

The top word of the year was 'occupy'; 'deficit', 'fracking' 'drone' and 'trustafarians' were other words among the top ten.

"Our selections this year to a large extent reflect the ongoing political and economic uncertainty that seems to be affecting much of the developed world – with notable exceptions such as the Royal wedding and the continuing rise of China," said Paul JJ Payack, president of the Global Language Monitor.