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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

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) identifies these as the top 20 most common last names:

  1. Smith
  2. Johnson
  3. Williams
  4. Jones
  5. Brown
  6. Davis
  7. Miller
  8. Wilson
  9. Moore
  10. Taylor
  11. Anderson
  12. Thomas
  13. Jackson
  14. White
  15. Harris
  16. Martin
  17. Thompson
  18. Garcia
  19. Martinez
  20. Robinson

The most common first names for men:

  1. James
  2. John
  3. Robert
  4. Michael
  5. William
  6. David
  7. Richard
  8. Charles
  9. Joseph
  10. Thomas

The most common first names for women:

  1. Mary
  2. Patricia
  3. Linda
  4. Barbara
  5. Elizabeth
  6. Jennifer
  7. Maria
  8. Susan
  9. Margaret
  10. Dorothy

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