Top 5 surnames in America

  1. Well, it sure as hell ain't Fokker!

    1. Smith: 1 in 99 families

    2. Johnson: 1 in 123 families

    3. Williams: 1 in 143 families

    4. Jones: 1 in 161 families

    5. Brown: 1 in 161 families

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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   SharonH, RN
    Oh what fun! My married surname ranks #81 and is "very common", no surprises there. And my birth surname ranks #218 and is only "common".
  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Hmmm. I always thought it would have to be a pain to have a very common last name. How many times have you typed "Bob Smith" in the Diebold computer, and 60 names pop up? An invitation to an error of any kind. :stone
  5. by   prmenrs
    Mine is #926 and is still considered "common".

    In my neck of the woods, smith and johnson are fairly uncommon! Garcia, Lopez and the like are MUCH more common!
  6. by   fergus51
    Mine is apparently very rare, maybe that's why nobody ever spells it right.

    very rare: popularity rank in the U.S.: #27722

    OK, it is the spelling. The way most people spell it, it's fairly common
    common: 1 in 1694 families; popularity rank in the U.S.: #156)
  7. by   DusktilDawn
    My last name isn't even showing up, no definition for it. It's not what would be considered common anyway. I doubt it would rank at all in popularity.

    My first name ranks #105 and is considered common.
  8. by   VeryPlainJane
    Quote from Roy Fokker
    Well, it sure as hell ain't Fokker!
    Isn't Roy Fokker a cartoon in Japan?
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    I used to be Mrs. Smith . . . .

  10. by   HeartsOpenWide
    I went from Smith to Adams, thought I would still be in the top five.:chuckle
  11. by   Spidey's mom
    My name now is not there.

  12. by   mercyteapot
    My maiden name, which I use professionally and is my legal last name, is within the top 75 in the U.S. My married name, which I use when I don't want to give out my real last name, is considered very rare, and ranks #54,002. It doesn't even give the prevalence. My first name is #52.
    Last edit by mercyteapot on Nov 22, '05
  13. by   Tweety
    First name is common. #15
    Last name rare: 1 in 50000 families; popularity rank in the U.S.: #5834)
  14. by   palesarah
    Married name is common (especially in my area!), #1216, 1 in 10000 families

    My maiden name is considered rare, rank is #6314, 1 in 50000 families. I was 20 before I met anyone with that last name that I wasn't related to! I loved my maiden name and really considered not changing it after I got married.