100 Most Popular Last Names In The United States – Scary Mommy

What’s In A Surname? The 100 Most Popular Last Names In The U.S. Tell Their Own Story

December 9, 2019 Updated February 26, 2020

100 most popular last names in US
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Last names don’t always get the same level of attention as first names. Think about it: Parents-to-be might spend upwards of nine months considering the perfect first and middle names for their babies. But the last name? That’s usually a non-issue. In previous eras in history, though, your last name is what carried the weight. There were how many English kings named Henry? But, mention Tudor-England and suddenly a very specific family and time frame comes to mind.

In America, we have the Kennedys — a family known for both their power and their tragedies. What sort of impression comes with your last name? If it starts with an O’, people immediately know (or assume) you’re Irish. Has anyone ever seen the -ez or -stein endings on your last name and immediately made assumptions about the language you speak, the food your eat, or the religion you study? To some people, the entire essence of their last name stems from all their mail with misspelled variations on the theme. In most cases, though, no matter whether you’re a Gomez, a Hatfield, an Iverson or a Jones, you’re proud of the history behind that name. Is your last name popular, though? See if yours made the list of the top 100 last names in the United States:

1. Smith
2 Johnson
3. Williams
4. Brown
5. Jones
6. Garcia
7. Miller
8. Davis
9. Rodriguez
10. Martinez
11. Hernandez
12. Lopez
13. Gonzales
14. Wilson
15. Anderson
16. Thomas
17. Taylor
18. Moore
19. Jackson
20. Martin
21. Lee
22. Perez
23. Thompson
24. White
25. Harris
26. Sanchez
27. Clark
28. Ramirez
29. Lewis
30. Robinson
31. Walker
32. Young
33. Allen
34. King
35. Wright
36. Scott
37. Torres
38. Nguyen
39. Hill
40. Flores
41. Green
42. Adams
43. Nelson
44. Baker
45. Hall
46. Rivera
47. Campbell
48. Mitchell
49. Carter
50. Roberts
51. Gomez
52. Phillips
53. Evans
54. Turner
55. Diaz
56. Parker
57. Cruz
58. Edwards
59. Collins
60. Reyes
61. Stewart
62. Morris
63. Morales
64. Murphy
65. Cook
66. Rogers
67. Gutierrez
68. Ortiz
69. Morgan
70. Cooper
71. Peterson
72. Bailey
73. Reed
74. Kelly
75. Howard
76. Ramos
77. Kim
78. Cox
79. Ward
80. Richardson
81. Watson
82. Brooks
83. Chavez
84. Wood
85. James
.. Bennet
87. Gray
88. Mendoza
89. Ruiz
90. Hughes
91. Price
92. Alvarez
93. Castillo
94. Sanders
95. Patel
96. Myers
97. Long
98. Ross
99. Foster
100. Jimenez


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