The Most Common Last Names
The most common surname in the United States is...Smith. No. 2 may surprise you. It's not Jones. The second most common last name is Johnson, according to Namestatistics.com.
Surnames of English origins fall into just four types, according to Wikipedia:
- Occupations (such as Smith, Baker, Archer)
- Personal characteristics (such as Short, Brown, Whitehead)
- Places and geographical features (such as Scott, Hill, Rivers, Windsor)
- Ancestry (such as Richardson, Johnson or James)
Namestatistics.com identifies these as the top 20 most common last names:
The most common first names for men:
The most common first names for women:
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