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Most Popular Last Names

In the following article, we will go over some of the most popular last names in U.S. and the world. Think yours is one of the most common surnames? Keep reading to find out...
Entertainism Staff
Last Updated: Jun 3, 2018
Call it last name or surname, every individual on this planet has got one; even those people who claim they don't have one. A person's last name is his/her identity, a way to belong and be part of the society. The family name is passed on from one generation to the next, regardless of where you live, your profession, father's name, or how you've been brought up as. There may be hundreds of different cultures all over the world and every culture has its own set of last names. We know that we all have different languages that we speak in and hence, this has contributed into giving us countless last names till date. However, among all of these last names, there are a few names that are more popular than others and they've come across more than once in your life.
What defines "most popular" is that out of every 10 people, almost half or more of them possess the same last name. Kind of freaky, huh? Well, not quite because our world's population is growing day by day. But that's another topic for discussion. At the moment, we are here to find out some common names found in the U.S. and across the globe. So, shall we get on with it? Read on to find out.
Last Names in the U.S.
Smith, Jones, Williams; aren't these names heard of a bit too often? Let it be in movies, magazines, or real life, you will find certain names to pop out from the crowd since they are found in majority. Now the following results of popular last names were attained after conducting the 2000 U.S. population census. Do you think your family name is in the list below? Only one way to find out.
1-25
  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Anderson
  • Thomas
  • Jackson
  • White
  • Harris
  • Martin
  • Thompson
  • Garcia
  • Martinez
  • Robinson
  • Clark
  • Rodriguez
  • Lewis
  • Lee
  • Walker
26-50
  • Hall
  • Allen
  • Young
  • Hernandez
  • King
  • Wright
  • Lopez
  • Hill
  • Scott
  • Green
  • Adams
  • Baker
  • Gonzalez
  • Nelson
  • Carter
  • Mitchell
  • Perez
  • Roberts
  • Turner
  • Phillips
  • Campbell
  • Parker
  • Evans
  • Edwards
  • Collins
51-75
  • Stewart
  • Sanchez
  • Morris
  • Rogers
  • Reed
  • Cook
  • Morgan
  • Bell
  • Murphy
  • Bailey
  • Rivera
  • Cooper
  • Richardson
  • Cox
  • Howard
  • Ward
  • Torres
  • Peterson
  • Gray
  • Ramirez
  • James
  • Watson
  • Brooks
  • Kelley
  • Sanders
76-100
  • Price
  • Bennett
  • Wood
  • Barnes
  • Ross
  • Henderson
  • Coleman
  • Jenkins
  • Perry
  • Powell
  • Long
  • Patterson
  • Hughes
  • Flores
  • Washington
  • Butler
  • Simmons
  • Foster
  • Gonzales
  • Bryant
  • Alexander
  • Russell
  • Griffin
  • Diaz
  • Hayes
Last Names Around the World
Similar to the U.S., there are other countries and cultures that have their set of common last names as well. As there are many countries which can be mentioned in this category, the task of collecting them all could be difficult. Which is why, we will take a look at a few last names from other countries. For that you can go over the following table.
India
  • Shah
  • Patel
  • Khan
  • Dixit
  • Gupta
  • Singh
  • Kumar
  • Patil
  • Desai
  • Agarwal
China
  • Wáng
  • Zhāng
  • Liú
  • Chén
  • Yáng
  • Huáng
  • Zhào
  • Zhōu
Korea
  • Kim
  • Lee
  • Park
  • Choi
  • Jeong
  • Kang
  • Cho
  • Yoon
  • Jang
  • Lim
England
  • Smith
  • Jones
  • Taylor
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Wilson
  • Johnson
  • Davis
  • Robinson
  • Wright
Ireland
  • Murphy
  • O'Kelly
  • O'Sullivan
  • Walsh
  • Smith
  • O'Brien
  • O'Byrne
  • O'Ryan
  • O'Connor
  • O'Neill
Germany
  • Müller
  • Schmidt
  • Schneider
  • Fischer
  • Meyer
  • Weber
  • Schulz
  • Wagner
  • Becker
  • Hoffman
Scotland
  • Smith
  • Brown
  • Wilson
  • Robertson
  • Thomson
  • Campbell
  • Stewart
  • Anderson
  • Scott
  • Murray
Australia
  • Smith
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Johnson
  • White
  • Martin
  • Anderson
Whether your last name is mentioned in our article or not, what matters is that the family name has its own identity. And that, no one can take it from you. This name defines who you are and where you come from. So, is your last name the most popular? Or were you few of the lucky / unlucky ones that have unique last names? Do let us know.