Map Shows the Most Popular Last Name in Each State

A map published by genealogy website pinpoints the most popular last name in every state, and some might surprise you.

If you were to guess the most common name in the country, you'd probably get it right. Go ahead. Guess.

Yup. It's Smith. In fact, Smith takes the top spot in 40 out of 50 states in the U.S., and the second place spot in four more. Click here to enlarge map.


Another common name across the United States is Johnson. Johnson is the number two most popular name in 22 states. There's also Williams, Miller and Jones.

However, not all states are so predictable.

In California, for example, the three most common surnames are Garcia, Hernandez and Lopez, highlighting the state's prominent Hispanic population.

New Mexico and Texas display similar demographics. The most prevalent name in New Mexico is Martinez, which is the third most common in Texas. The Lone Star State's most popular last name is Garcia, followed by, you guessed it, Smith.

Hawaii's top names are completely unique. Lee, Wong and Kim are the most common names in that state, and they don't show up anywhere else on the map.

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Map Shows the Most Popular Last Name in Each State