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Most Common Last Names in the U.S.

Try to guess the 30 most common last names in the United States, according to the 2000 census.
To make it easier we give you the first letter
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First submittedDecember 17, 2012
Last updatedSeptember 4, 2018
Times taken130,666
Rating4.17
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# People
Letter
Last Name
2,376,206
S
Smith
1,857,160
J
Johnson
1,534,042
W
Williams
1,380,145
B
Brown
1,362,755
J
Jones
1,127,803
M
Miller
1,072,335
D
Davis
858,289
G
Garcia
804,240
R
Rodriguez
783,051
W
Wilson
# People
Letter
Last Name
775,072
M
Martinez
762,394
A
Anderson
720,370
T
Taylor
710,696
T
Thomas
706,372
H
Hernandez
698,671
M
Moore
672,711
M
Martin
666,125
J
Jackson
644,368
T
Thompson
639,515
W
White
# People
Letter
Last Name
621,536
L
Lopez
605,860
L
Lee
597,718
G
Gonzalez
593,542
H
Harris
548,369
C
Clark
509,930
L
Lewis
503,028
R
Robinson
501,307
W
Walker
488,521
P
Perez
473,568
H
Hall
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level 59
Jun 24, 2010
14/30 most common last names.
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level 48
Apr 7, 2016
Same here!
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level 30
Jul 24, 2011
15! I thought Young too
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level 71
Dec 17, 2016
You deserved a Pepsi™.
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level 33
Sep 13, 2011
Only 10! It's really amazing that the most obvious stuff can be so hard to conjure on demand. Good quiz.
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level 59
Jun 15, 2019
The "stupidest" thing was, I thought after I had only come up with a few names and couldnt think of more, only weird obscure ones, ok lets just think of actors, that will give you some names. I could only think of two actors !! CAtherine zeta jones, but allready had jones and michael j fox, but that wasnt gonna be on there. Could not think of another actor ! Total blank..
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level 44
Oct 26, 2011
18, can't believe i didn't get Williams
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level 22
Oct 28, 2011
only got 6
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level 27
Dec 9, 2011
It's so hard to think of such generic names that all sound alike.
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level 25
Dec 17, 2012
Only got 2 :p
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level 41
Jan 5, 2013
13. seems like a good score havin beaten 91% of the ppl!
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level 76
Jan 12, 2013
I just took the Hispanic last names quiz and still missed Rodriguez, Martinez, and Gonzalez. ::facepalm::
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level 73
May 2, 2013
I found it interesting that Lewis and Clark were right next to each other. Ha
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level 83
Dec 18, 2014
200 years on, and they still can't get away from each other...
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level 21
Aug 15, 2015
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level 45
Oct 21, 2015
I saw that too!
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level 13
Nov 3, 2013
got 0/30 Not american.
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level 59
Jun 15, 2019
surely you must have heard of one ( an american)
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level 21
May 16, 2014
LOL......................Got all of them right on my first try:D PROMISE.............But I so did not look it up......LOLOLOL
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level 20
Nov 13, 2014
wow!! virtual high five!
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level 70
Aug 22, 2018
LOLOLOLOLOLOL
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level 70
Aug 22, 2018
P.S. ROFL
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level 15
Jun 21, 2014
Most people spell it Gonzales not Gonzalez.
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level 60
Dec 17, 2014
The correct spell is González.
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level 71
Dec 17, 2016
The use of "s" rather than "z" at the end of a name often reflects the country of origin of the family. I once spelled the last name of a friend of Mexican descent ending in an "s" rather than a "z," which led him to ask "What are you trying to do? Make me Puerto Rican?" Portuguese surnames are also more likely to end in "s" than "z":
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level 59
Jun 15, 2019
that is interesting baltimorean. :)
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level 22
Oct 18, 2014
I tried to remember some football players last names.
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level 6
Oct 27, 2014
8/30 WORST LAST NAMES
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level 20
Nov 13, 2014
30/30 on my first try with 1:03 left!
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level 58
Dec 17, 2014
Anyone else find it funny that Lewis and Clark are almost as similar as each other?
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level 36
Jan 25, 2015
That is really pretty amazing.
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level 47
Dec 17, 2014
I was surprised that Morris or Morrison wasn't up there.
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level 76
Dec 18, 2014
um... just took this quiz again and this happened: I ended up getting Martinez, but failed to get Martin. How is that even possible?
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level 76
Dec 17, 2016
I don't think it is possible. That would be like getting Dominican Republic without first getting Dominica. It can't be done. Apparently your fingers typed faster than the computer can process, that's the only answer I can come up with.
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level 70
Aug 22, 2018
Or preemptive text pops up the whole longer word at once. Talk-to-text, copypasta, etc.
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level 49
Jan 11, 2017
It is possible that there is an accepted type-in of "Martenez" or something like that, which you could have typed accidentally.
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level 14
Feb 15, 2015
You got Robinson from Jackie Robinson, Didn't you?
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level 14
Oct 22, 2015
David Robinson, NBA player.
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level 18
Apr 24, 2015
Got all of them with 58 seconds left, they are united states ones.
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level 22
Jun 8, 2015
Hill isn't on there
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level 16
Jun 8, 2015
1 try and i got them all Yesss (with 2 seconds left) you should say that there are no Asian, indian.... names etc
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level 17
Aug 26, 2015
why not singh and kaur??
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level 11
Feb 13, 2016
duncan should be added
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level 48
Mar 12, 2016
Because it's always good to add an incorrect answer into a quiz about the thirty most common surnames in America, isn't it?
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level 44
Apr 8, 2016
I only got a couple, because I'm British. I suggest another version is made with British last names
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level 28
Apr 29, 2016
I got HALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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level 18
May 15, 2016
Why are loads of them ending in Z??????????????
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level 62
Dec 17, 2016
You mean the z can't get love? :(
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level 59
Jun 15, 2019
They are of hispanic origin
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level 14
Sep 27, 2016
test is hard
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level 59
Oct 15, 2016
lmao I got 4 points for this and guessed 11 names...
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level 58
Dec 18, 2016
I know, I only got 20 right but still got 5 points! Hey, not complaining!
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level 18
Dec 12, 2016
i got 30 :)
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level 47
Dec 17, 2016
OK everyone admit it when you got near the end of time for the quiz and you saw your last initial available you typed in your last name, didn't you? Or did you type it first?
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level 59
Jun 15, 2019
No cause they was absolutely no way my last name would be on here. Besides one little region, i am one of about 5 in the country with this name, my sister is another of those 5. (And no it is not simply a alternative spelling of something,)
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level 44
Dec 17, 2016
15. Should have done better but forgot about the Hispanic factor. Dang it!
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level 59
Jun 15, 2019
Same, didnt think of it, and still would not have thought it would be nearly half the list, maybe 3 or something, especially since hispaniic last names are repeated a lot. OK, I checked, it is only a quarter..
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level 58
Dec 17, 2016
average of 7? surprised by that
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level 40
Dec 17, 2016
I thought nguyen would be here
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level 40
Dec 17, 2016
How did I forget jones!
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level 65
Dec 18, 2016
How is it possible that in top 10 there is no Gambolputty de von Ausfern Schplenden Schlitter Crass Cren Bon Fried Digger Dingle Dangle Dongle Dungle Burstein von Knacker Thrasher Apple Banger Horowitz Ticolensic Grander Knotty Spelltinkle Grandlich Grumblemeyer Spelter Wasser Kurstlich Himble Eisenbahnwagen Gutenabend Bitte einen Nürnburger Bratwürstel Gespurten mit Weimache Luber Hundsfut Gumeraber Schönendanker Kalbsfleisch Mittleraucher von Hautkopft?
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level 46
Dec 18, 2016
huh?
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level 58
Dec 18, 2016
Whew, what a name! Most people would fall asleep before you finished introducing yourself! Oh wait, was that supposed to be a list of last names and not just one really long one?
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level 34
Jun 2, 2019
How dare they!
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level 60
May 24, 2017
The best last name combo I heard was Bacon-Rice.
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level 75
Sep 29, 2017
I knew a Wetmore-Fish.
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level 46
Apr 19, 2018
Gotta love how the second column has the first five letters of my name all in a row.
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level 60
Apr 29, 2018
If it takes Rodrigues for Rodriguez, why not Davies for Davis?
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level 53
Jan 25, 2019
davies and davis are 2 different names
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level 72
May 21, 2018
Worth updating this quiz for the 2010 census?
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level 52
Aug 14, 2018
Tough- enjoyed.
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level 40
Apr 7, 2019
Amazed. The majority of people in U.S.A. are from Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Poland, etc.. They are non English-speaking countries, yet most names here are English names. Most of those people translate their first name to Engish, but almost no one changes their second name.
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level 67
Apr 20, 2019
Looking at recent census information British ancestry is only really challenged by German, and even then British ancestry is considered to be undercounted because many with British roots self identify as simply American. The French, Italian and Polish populations are significantly smaller and Spanish names are quite well represented here because of Latin Americans, especially Mexicans. Also consider that in the earlier days of America the white population was dominated by people with British roots and African American slaves were given their names. Surprising perhaps not to see more German names, but I imagine that many did Anglicise from Schmidt to Smith and Muller to Miller etc in the past.
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level 59
Jun 15, 2019
Interesting,I got the top 7, which all stand out from the rest plus clark (wanted to type clarkson, I guess it is because I ve watched a lot of topgear lately...) So I guess I thought the same as others. Which I had not really expected, also thought I sucked with only 8, but that is exactly the average !
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level 59
Jun 15, 2019
Perhaps accept davids for davis? just a suggestion/