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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.
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Last updated: September 04, 2018
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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 70
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 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 39
Jan 5, 2013
13. seems like a good score havin beaten 91% of the ppl!
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level 75
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 82
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 44
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 22
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 64
Aug 22, 2018
LOLOLOLOLOLOL
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level 64
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 48
Dec 17, 2014
The correct spell is González.
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level 70
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 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 57
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 46
Dec 17, 2014
I was surprised that Morris or Morrison wasn't up there.
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level 75
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 75
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 64
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 41
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 63
Dec 17, 2016
You mean the z can't get love? :(
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level 14
Sep 27, 2016
test is hard
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level 57
Oct 15, 2016
lmao I got 4 points for this and guessed 11 names...
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level 59
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 44
Dec 17, 2016
15. Should have done better but forgot about the Hispanic factor. Dang it!
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level 57
Dec 17, 2016
average of 7? surprised by that
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level 32
Dec 17, 2016
I thought nguyen would be here
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level 32
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 44
Dec 18, 2016
huh?
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level 59
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 59
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 45
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 58
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 23
May 5, 2018
Martinez, Perez hernandez aren’t those surenames of mexican?
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level 25
Dec 6, 2018
And someone with a name of latin origin can't live in the US? Because Miller, Smith, Jones - those are all names that originated in the US, too...
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level 71
May 21, 2018
Worth updating this quiz for the 2010 census?
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level 47
Aug 14, 2018
Tough- enjoyed.