Most Common Last Names in the US

For centuries, immigrants have come to the U.S. to escape war, oppression, and poverty, or to pursue employment opportunities and success. Most Americans can trace their roots to immigrant ancestors. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed census data to find the 50 most common last names in the U.S.

Today, the vast majority of the most common surnames in the U.S. can be traced back to England and other European origins. Among the top 50 most common surnames, 12 have Spanish, Cuban, or Mexican heritage. To determine the most common surnames in the United States, 24/7 Wall St. analyzed past and present census counts to understand population diversity in America. The origin of each family name was obtained from open data on Ancestry.com.

You can read more and also find the most common last names in the US in an article by Joseph Gedeon in the 24/7 Wall St. web site at: http://bit.ly/2hNJg11.

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I used to think having a common surname must be great. Most people pronounce it and spell it correctly, but doing a Genealogical search… good luck!

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Always suspicious of these websites that make you go one page at time through a “list”. Seems like the opportunity to place more ads in front of you or collect data about you. Once I see one of these lists is really 50 separate pages (all starting at the bottom and moving up the list), I skip them.

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To remember that often foreign surnames were anglicized. So my Acadian Bruns, changed in Lebrun in Quebec, became Browns. Only an example among so many others.

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