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Most Common Last Names

Although Smith remains the most common surname in America, for the first time two Hispanic names, Garcia and Rodriguez, have joined Smith, Johnson, and Miller in the top ten most common surnames in the nation. In addition, the latest Census Bureau study on surnames in the United States indicates that the number of Hispanic surnames in the top 25 doubled from 1990 to 2000. Garcia jumped from number 18 to number 8 on the list, and Rodriguez moved from 22 to 9. The Hispanic population living in America has grown by 58% since the 1990 census.

The surname Lee also made the top 25 for the first time—ranked number 22 in the country—indicating a rise in the Asian American population. Out of the six million surnames reported in the Census Bureau study, “65% (or 4 million) of all captured last names were held by just one person, and about 80% (or 5 million) were held by no more than 4 people,” demonstrating the United States’ diverse culture.

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Rank Name Occurrences
1. Smith 2,376,206
2. Johnson 1,857,160
3. Williams 1,534,042
4. Brown 1,380,145
5. Jones 1,362,755
6. Miller 1,127,803
7. Davis 1,072,335
8. Garcia 858,289
9. Rodriguez 804,240
10. Wilson 783,051
11. Martinez 775,072
12. Anderson 762,394
13. Taylor 720,370
14. Thomas 710,696
15. Hernandez 706,372
16. Moore 698,671
17. Martin 672,711
18. Jackson 666,125
19. Thompson 644,368
20. White 639,515
21. Lopez 621,536
22. Lee 605,860
23. Gonzalez 597,718
24. Harris 593,542
25. Clark 548,369
26. Lewis 509,930
27. Robinson 503,028
28. Walker 501,307
29. Perez 488,521
30. Hall 473,568
NOTE: Based on 2000 Census data. Numbers are rounded.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau. Web: www.census.gov/genealogy/www/freqnames2k.html .

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