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The most common surnames

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Do you have a common surname? It might rank higher than you expect. Join us as we break down the top 100 surnames in the U.S. and tell you why it matters in your search for the perfect baby name.

Why does my surname matter?


Looking at common surnames can be important as you consider baby names. If your last name shows up on the list below, chances are your child will be one of several with identical full names. If making them harder to Google appeals to you — and it should, as anonymity on the internet grows more difficult all the time — pair a common first name with your common last. On the flip side, you'll have to work harder to stand out from the crowd. Look for baby names outside the top 1,000, if possible.

If you have an uncommon surname, you have a good chance of ending up with a uniquely named child no matter what. You'll need to choose a very common baby name to avoid this.

The top 100 surnames in the United States


We took a look at the U.S. Census Bureau's website and found this compilation of the top surnames in the country. How does your name rank?

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

Surnames as first names


Names like Carter and Bailey rank highly as first names for both boys and girls these days. If you have a common surname, choosing one for a first name might not work. Mason Jackson will be mistaken for Jackson Mason over and over again. This trend is best left for those with unusual surnames.

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