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Last Names Popularity

the first 100 surnames (US)


In the summer of 1990, the United States Census Bureau conducted a large scale survey and collected items of demographic data (race, sex, age and name) from 377,000 persons living in 165,000 housing units in 5,300 predefined blocks. The information acquired from this operation was matched against actual 1990 Census records, providig a very good estimate on the popularity of surnames in the US.

Last Names Popularity
Rank Last Name Frequency(%)
1Smith1.006
2Johnson0.810
3Williams0.699
4Jones0.621
5Brown0.621
6Davis0.480
7Miller0.424
8Wilson0.339
9Moore0.312
10Taylor0.311
11Anderson0.311
12Thomas0.311
13Jackson0.310
14White0.279
15Harris0.275
16Martin0.273
17Thompson0.269
18Garcia0.254
19Martinez0.234
20Robinson0.233
21Clark0.231
22Rodriguez0.229
23Lewis0.226
24Lee 0.220
25Walker0.219
26Hall0.200
27Allen0.199
28Young0.193
29Hernandez0.192
30King0.190
31Wright0.189
32Lopez0.187
33Hill0.187
34Scott0.185
35Green0.183
36Adams0.174
37Baker0.171
38Gonzalez0.166
39Nelson0.162
40Carter0.162
41Mitchell0.160
42Perez0.155
43Roberts0.153
44Turner0.152
45Phillips0.149
46Campbell0.149
47Parker0.146
48Evans0.141
49Edwards0.137
50Collins0.134
Last Names Popularity
Rank Last Name Frequency(%)
51Stewart0.133
52Sanchez0.130
53Morris0.125
54Rogers0.123
55Reed0.122
56Cook0.120
57Morgan0.118
58Bell0.117
59Murphy0.117
60Bailey0.115
61Rivera0.113
62Cooper0.113
63Richardson0.112
64Cox 0.110
65Howard0.110
66Ward0.108
67Torres0.108
68Peterson0.107
69Gray0.106
70Ramirez0.105
71James0.105
72Watson0.103
73Brooks0.103
74Kelly0.102
75Sanders0.100
76Price0.099
77Bennett0.099
78Wood0.098
79Barnes0.097
80Ross0.096
81Henderson0.095
82Coleman 0.095
83Jenkins0.095
84Perry0.094
85Powell0.093
86Long0.092
87Patterson0.092
88Hughes0.092
89Flores0.092
90Washington0.092
91Butler0.091
92Simmons0.091
93Foster0.091
94Gonzales0.087
95Bryant0.087
96Alexander0.085
97Russell0.085
98Griffin0.084
99Diaz0.084
100Hayes0.083

Meanings and Origins of the top 10 Surnames:

1. SMITH
Origin: English
Definition: Derived from the Anglo-Saxon "smitan" to smite or strike, SMITH and its derivations are an occupational name for a man who works with metal (smith or blacksmith), one of the earliest jobs for which specialist skills were required. It is a craft that was practiced in all countries, making the surname and its derivations the most common of all surnames.

2. JOHNSON
Origin: English
Definition: English patronymic name meaning "son of John" or "gift of God"

3. WILLIAMS
Origin: Norman
Definition: 1 - Son or descendant of Guillemin, a pet form of Guillaume, the French form of William;
2 - From the Belgic "guild-helm," harnessed with a gilded helmet or "welhelm," the shield or defense of many.
3 - Derived from the name "William," an Old French given name with Germanic elements: wil - desire, will; and helm - helmet, protection.

4. JONES
Origin: Welsh, English
Definition: A patronymic name meaning "son of John" ( gift of God). The most common surname in Wales.

5. BROWN
Origin: English
Definition: Brown haired or brown skinned. Brown was derived from complexion, color of hair, or garments. Includes a number of derivatives in many countries.

6. DAVIS
Origin: English, Welsh
Definition: Son of David (beloved).

7. MILLER
Definition: Origin: English
1- Usually an occupational surname referring to a person who owned or worked in a grain mill.
2- Could also possibly be derived in some instances from the Gaelic words "meillear," having large lips; "malair," merchant; or "maillor," a man wearing armor.

8. WILSON
Origin: English, Scottish
Definition: Son of Will, a nickname for William.

9. MOORE
Origin: English
Definition: 1- One who lived at or near a moor or marshy bog.
2- From the Old French, meaning son of Moor, a dark-complexioned man
3- From "Mor," great, chief, mighty, proud.
4- Derived from the given name "Maurus," meaning "dark skinned."

10. TAYLOR
Origin: English
Definition: An English occupational name for a tailor, from th Old French "tailleur" for "tailor" which comes from the Latin "taliare," meaning "to cut."