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The frequency and origin of surnames varies widely. This is a listing of the most common surnames (alphabetical by country names):

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Asia

China

According to the survey conducted by the Ministry of Public Security of the People's Republic of China in April 2007, the top 100 surnames covers 84.77% of Chinese population,the top 10 surnames each have a population of more than 20 million,the top 22 surnames each have a population of more than 10 million,the top 22 surnames in China are listed as follows:[1][citation needed]

# Name Romanization Population(2007) Frequency(2007) Population(2006.11)[5]
1 Wáng 92,881,000 7.25% 92,550,000
2 92,074,000 7.19% 91,020,000
3 张(張) Zhāng 87,502,000 6.83% 86,690,000
4 刘(劉) Liú -- -- 65,280,000
5 陈(陳) Chén -- -- 56,640,000
6 杨(楊) Yáng -- -- 41,680,000
7 黄(黃) Huáng -- -- 29,410,000
8 赵(趙) Zhào -- -- 26,180,000
9 吴(吳) -- -- 25,020,000
10 Zhōu >20,000,000 -- 24,330,000
11 -- -- 18,550,000
12 孙(孫) Sūn -- -- 17,940,000
13 马(馬) -- -- 16,890,000
14 Zhū -- -- 16,460,000
15 -- -- 14,970,000
16 Guō -- -- 14,260,000
17 -- -- 13,340,000
18 Gāo -- -- 12,900,000
19 Lín -- -- 12,500,000
20 罗(羅) Luó -- -- 12,400,000

Japan

Based on the Japanese surname Dictionary (日本苗字大辞典) issued in July 1996, there are 291,129 different surnames in Japan. If surnames pronounced or romanized the same but written with different Chinese characters count as different surnames, there are believed to be approximately 300,000 surnames in Japan. The top 10 surnames cover approximately 10% of the population and the top ranked 7,000 surnames cover slightly more than approx. 96%.[2]

This ranking is based on the average number of the entries in all Japanese Yellow Pages for the past three years.[3]

# Name Romanization No. of entries
1 佐藤 Satō 456,430
2 鈴木 Suzuki 403,506
3 高橋 Takahashi 335,288
4 田中 Tanaka 314,770
5 渡辺 (渡邊) Watanabe 263,817
6 伊藤 Itō 255,876
7 山本 Yamamoto 254,662
8 中村 Nakamura 249,509
9 小林 Kobayashi 241,651
10 斎藤 (斉藤) Saitō 225,404
11 加藤 Katō 203,101
12 吉田 Yoshida 197,460
13 山田 Yamada 197,460
14 佐々木 Sasaki 169,617
15 山口 Yamaguchi 152,065
16 松本 Matsumoto 149,006
17 井上 Inoue 143,552
18 木村 Kimura 137,160
19 Hayashi 129,673
20 清水 Shimizu 123,953
21 山崎 Yamazaki / Yamasaki 114,802
22 Mori 110,430
23 阿部 / 安倍 Abe 108,369
24 池田 Ikeda 108,369
25 橋本 Hashimoto 105,778
26 山下 Yamashita 102,647
27 石川 Ishikawa 97,704
28 中島 Nakajima / Nakashima 95,699
29 前田 Maeda 93,207
30 藤田 Fujita 91,298
31 小川 Ogawa 91,298
32 岡田 Okada 89,856
33 後藤 Gotō 89,818
34 長谷川 Hasegawa 87,815
35 村上 Murakami 86,992
36 近藤 Kondō 86,695
37 石井 Ishii 86,234
38 坂本 Sakamoto 78,849
39 遠藤 Endō 78,178
40 青木 Aoki 76,233
41 藤井 Fujii 75,826
42 西村 Nishimura 75,264
43 福田 Fukuda 74,510
44 太田 Ōta 74,352
45 三浦 Miura 72,640
46 藤原 Fujiwara 72,569
47 岡本 Okamoto 71,443
48 松田 Matsuda 71,102
49 中川 Nakagawa
50 中野 Nakano 70,082
51 原田 Harada

Korea

Korean surnames have a variety of ways of being romanized.

  1. 김 (金; Kim, Gim, Ghim)
  2. 이 (李; Lee, Yi, I, Rhee)
  3. 박 (朴; Park, Pak, Bak, Bhak)
  4. 최 (崔; Choi, Choe)
  5. 정 (鄭; Jeong, Chung, Jung)
  6. 강 (姜; Kang, Gang)
  7. 조 (趙; Cho, Jo, Joe)
  8. 윤 (尹; Yoon, Youn, Yun)
  9. 장 (張; Jang, Chang)
  10. 임 (林; Lim, Rim, Im)
  11. 한 (韓; Han, Haan)
  12. 오 (吳; O, Oh, Au)
  13. 신 (申; Shin, Sin)
  14. 서 (徐; Seo,Suh)
  15. 권 (權; Kwon, Gwon)
  16. 황 (黃; Hwang, Whang)
  17. 안 (安; Ahn, An)
  18. 송 (宋; Song,Soung)
  19. 유 (柳; Yoo, Yu)
  20. 홍 (洪; Hong)
  21. 전 (全; Jeon, Jun, Chun)
  22. 고 (高; Ko, Go)
  23. 문 (文; Mun, Moon)
  24. 손 (孫; Son, Sohn)
  25. 양 (梁; Yang, Ryang)
  26. 배 (裵; bae, Bai)
  27. 백 (白; Baek, Back)
  28. 조 (曺; Jo, Cho)
  29. 허 (許; Heo, Her)
  30. 남 (南; Nam, Lam)
  31. 심 (沈; Sim, Shim)
  32. 유 (劉; Yu, Yoo)
  33. 노 (盧; No, Noh, Roh)
  34. 하 (河; Ha, Har)
  35. 전 (田; Jeon, Jun)
  36. 정 (丁; Jeong, Jung)
  37. 곽 (郭; Gwak, Kwak)
  38. 성 (成; Seong, Soung)
  39. 차 (車; Cha, Char)
  40. 유 (兪; Yu, Yoo)
  41. 구 (具; Gu, Goo)
  42. 우 (禹; U, Woo)
  43. 주 (朱; Ju, Joo)
  44. 임 (任; Im, Yim)
  45. 나 (羅; Na, Ra, La)
  46. 신 (辛; Sin, Shin)
  47. 민 (閔; Min, Meen)
  48. 진 (陳; Jin, Jean)
  49. 지 (池; Ji, Jee)
  50. 엄 (嚴; Eom, Eun)

Source: 2000 Census, National Statistical Office, Republic of Korea.

Philippines

Common surnames
  1. Cruz
  2. Santos
  3. Reyes
  4. Bautista
  5. Ocampo
  6. García
  7. Mendoza
  8. Tomás
  9. Andrada
  10. Castillo
  11. Flores
  12. Villanueva
  13. Ramos
  14. Castro
  15. Rivera
  16. Aquino
  17. Navarro
  18. Salazar
  19. Mercado
  20. Concepción
  21. Santiago
  22. Lopez
Prefix 'DE (Spanish for "of the" or "from")
  1. de la Cruz
  2. de la Reyes
  3. del Rosario
  4. de los Santos
  5. de Guzmán
  6. de Castro
  7. de la Vega
  8. de la Rosa
  9. de Asis
  10. de Rosales
Suffix 'EZ
  1. González
  2. López
  3. Hernández
  4. Pérez
  5. Fernández
  6. Ramírez
  7. Dominguez
  8. Enriquez
  9. Álvarez
  10. Sánchez

The majority of Filipinos use Spanish surnames that were given to them by their Spanish rulers (See Alphabetical Catalog of Surnames). However, many Filipinos still use their native surnames such as Kalaw, Macaraeg, Gatdula and many others. Filipino Chinese often use their Chinese family names. Some other Filipino mestizos (mixed-ancestry) bear the foreign names of their bloodline.

Source: National Statistics Office.

Singapore

Popular Chinese surnames - based on a "paper". Archived from the original on 2008-01-23. http://web.archive.org/web/20080123133916/http://www.singstat.gov.sg/pubn/papers/people/chinesesurnames.html.  published by Statistics Singapore, 2000:

  1. Tan 陈 (陳)
  2. Lim
  3. Lee
  4. Ng
  5. Ong
  6. Wong
  7. Goh
  8. Chua
  9. Chan 陈 (陳)
  10. Koh 许 (許)
  11. Teo 张 (張)
  12. Ang
  13. Yeo 杨 (楊)
  14. Tay 郑 (鄭)
  15. Ho
  16. Low 刘 (劉)
  17. Toh 卓
  18. Sim
  19. Chong 张 (張)
  20. Chia 谢(謝)

Please note: About one quarter of Singaporeans are not Chinese. Malays do not have surnames, the "bin/binte" in their names means "son/daughter of". Indians use a wide variety of naming conventions - some with surnames, some without.

Taiwan

Popular Taiwanese surnames - based on Ministry of the Interior also see Common Chinese Names[4]

  1. Chen 陳 (11.06%)
  2. Lin 林 (8.28%)
  3. Huang, Hwang 黃 (6.01%)
  4. Chang, Zhang 張 (5.26%)
  5. Lee, Li 李 (5.11%)
  6. Wang 王 (4.12%)
  7. Wu 吳 (4.04%)
  8. Liu, Liou, Lu, Lew 劉 (3.17%)
  9. Tsai, Chai, Tsay, Sai 蔡 (2.91%)
  10. Yang 楊 (2.66%)

Vietnam

The top 10 surnames cover more than 80% of the population. Note: The Chinese characters represent the Chinese equivalent of the last names, and are not the Vietnamese spellings.

  1. Nguyễn 阮 (38.4%)
  2. Trần 陳 (11%)
  3. 黎 (9.5%)
  4. Phạm 范 (7.1%)
  5. Huỳnh/Hoàng 黃 (5.1%)
  6. Phan 潘 (4.5%)
  7. Vũ/ 武 (3.9%)
  8. Đặng 鄧(2.1%)
  9. Bùi 裴 (2%)
  10. Đỗ 杜 (1.4%)
  11. Hồ 胡 (1.3%)
  12. Ngô 吳 (1.3%)
  13. Dương 楊 (1%)
  14. 李 (0.5%)
  15. Quách 郭 (0.1%)

Source: Họ Và Tên Người Việt Nam ("Vietnamese Family and Personal Names"), compiled by Professor Le Trung Hoa, Social Sciences Publishing House (2005).[5]

Nepal

The major caste/ethnic groups identified by the 2001 census are Chhetri (15.8%), Bahun (12.7%) (Both are of the Caucasian ethnicity), Magar (7.1%), Tharu (6.8%), Tamang (5.6%), Newar (5.5%), Muslim (4.3%),  Kami (3.9%), Rai (2.7%), Gurung (2.5%), and Damai/Dholi (2.4%). The remaining 92 caste/ethnic groups (including the world-famous Sherpa) each constitute less than 2 % of the population [6].

Caste or ethnic group Pop.  % of total
Chhetri 3,593,496 15.80
Bahun 2,896,477 12.74
Magar 1,622,421 7.14
Tharu 1,533,879 6.75
Tamang 1,282,304 5.64
Newar 1,245,232 5.48
Muslim 971,056 4.27
Kami 895,954 3.94
Yadav 895,423 3.94
Rai 635,151 2.79
Gurung 686,000 2.39
Damai/Dholi 390,305 1.72
Limbu 359,379 1.58
Thakuri 334,120 1.47
Sarki 318,989 1.40
Teli 304,536 1.34
Chamar, Harijan, Ram 269,661 1.19
Koiri 251,274 1.11
Kurmi 212,842 0.94
Sanyasi 199,127 0.88
Dhanuk 188,150 0.83
Musahar 172,434 0.76
Dusad/Paswan/Pasi 158,525 0.70
Sherpa 154,622 0.68
Sonar 145,088 0.64
Kewat 136,953 0.60
Terai-Brahmin 134,496 0.59
Baniya 126,971 0.56
Gharti/Bhujel 117,568 0.52
Mallah 115,986 0.51
Kalwar 115,606 0.51
Kumal 99,389 0.44
Hajam/Thakur 98,169 0.43
Kanu 95,826 0.42
Rajbansi 95,812 0.42
Sunuwar 95,254 0.42
Sudhi 89,846 0.40
Lohar 82,637 0.36
Tatma 76,512 0.34
Khatwe 74,972 0.33
Dhobi 73,413 0.32
Majhi 72,614 0.32
Nuniya 66,873 0.29
Kumhar 54,413 0.24
Danuwar 53,229 0.23
Chepang 52,237 0.23
Haluwai 50,583 0.22
Rajput 48,454 0.21
Kayastha 46,071 0.20
Budhae 45,975 0.20
Marwadi 43,971 0.19
Santhal/Satar 42,698 0.19
Dhagar/Jhagar 41,764 0.18
Bantar 35,839 0.16
Barae 35,434 0.16
Kahar 34,531 0.15
Gangai 31,318 0.14
Lodha 24,738 0.11
Rajbhar 24,263 0.11
Thami 22,999 0.10
Dhimal 19,537 0.09
Bhote 19,261 0.08
Bing/Binda 18,720 0.08
Bhediyar/Gaderi 17,729 0.08
Nurang 17,522 0.08
Yakkha 17,003 0.07
Darai 14,859 0.07
Tajpuriya 13,250 0.06
Thakali 12,973 0.06
Chidimar 12,296 0.05
Pahari 11,505 0.05
Mali 11,390 0.05
Bangali 9,860 0.04
Chhantel 9,814 0.04
Dom 8,931 0.04
Kamar 8,761 0.04
Bote 7,969 0.04
Brahmu/Baramu 7,383 0.03
Gaine/Gandarbha 5,887 0.03
Jirel 5,316 0.02
Adivasi/Janajati 5,259 0.02
Duga 5,169 0.02
Churaute 4,893 0.02
Badi 4,442 0.02
Meche 3,763 0.02
Lepcha 3,660 0.02
Halkhor 3,621 0.02
Punjabi/Sikh 3,054 0.01
Kisan 2,876 0.01
Raji 2,399 0.01
Byangsi 2,103 0.01
Hayu 1,821 0.01
Koche 1,429 0.01
Dhunia 1,231 0.01
Walung 1,148 0.01
Jaine 1,015 0.00
Munda 660 0.00
Raute 658 0.00
Yehlmo 579 0.00
Patharkata/Kuswadiya 552 0.00
Kusunda 164 0.00
Dalit/Unidentified 173,401 0.76
Unidentified Caste/ethnicity 231,641 1.02
Total 22,736,934 100.00

Central America

Costa Rica

# Surname Persons  % of pop.
1 Jiménez N/A N/A
2 Mora N/A N/A
3 Rodríguez N/A N/A
4 González N/A N/A
5 Hernández N/A N/A
6 Morales N/A N/A
7 Sánchez N/A N/A
8 Ramírez N/A N/A
9 Pérez N/A N/A
10 Calderón N/A N/A
11 Gutiérrez N/A N/A
12 Rojas N/A N/A
13 Salas N/A N/A
14 Vargas N/A N/A
15 Torres N/A N/A
16 Segura N/A N/A
17 Valverde N/A N/A
18 Villalobos N/A N/A
19 Araya N/A N/A
20 Herrera N/A N/A
21 López N/A N/A
22 Madrigal N/A N/A
Total pop. (2008) 4,016,173 100.00

Source: "Conozca los nombres más curiosos del país," Periódico Al Día.

Europe

Armenia

Rank Name In Armenian Meaning
1 Hovhannisyan Հովհաննիսյան Son of Hovhannes (John)
2 Harutyunyan Հարությունյան Son of Harutyun (meaning "resurrection")
3 Sargsyan Սարգսյան Son of Sargis
4 Khachatryan Խաչատրյան Son of Khachatur
5 Grigoryan Գրիգորյան Son of Grigor (Gregory)

Austria

The forty most common surnames in Austria as published in 2006 are shown below beside the approximate percentage of the Austrian population sharing each surname.[7]

Rank Name Approximate percentage
1 Gruber 0.3991
2 Huber 0.3873
3 Rosenberg 0.3373
4 Wagner 0.3100
5 Müller 0.3012
6 Pichler 0.2753
7 Steiner 0.2713
8 Moser 0.2674
9 Mayer 0.2653
10 Hofer 0.2479
11 Leitner 0.2429
12 Berger 0.2383
13 Fuchs 0.2250
14 Eder 0.2144
15 Fischer 0.2141
16 Schmid 0.2115
17 Winkler 0.2015
18 Weber 0.1995
19 Schwarz 0.1961
20 Maier 0.1946
21 Schneider 0.1915
22 Reiter 0.1790
23 Mayr 0.1751
24 Schmidt 0.1740
25 Wimmer 0.1628
26 Egger 0.1610
27 Brunner 0.1602
28 Lang 0.1599
29 Baumgartner 0.1586
30 Auer 0.1555
31 Binder 0.1458
32 Lechner 0.1435
33 Wolf 0.1395
34 Wallner 0.1394
35 Aigner 0.1386
36 Ebner 0.1342
37 Koller 0.1301
38 Lehner 0.1268
39 Haas 0.1261
40 Schuster 0.1168

Belgium

Belgium is a European nation composed of three main regions: Flemish (Flanders), Walloon (Wallonia), and Brussels (nestled in south Flanders, near the Wallonian border). The Flemish region has a Dutch language tradition, while the Walloon region has a French language tradition. These different linguistic histories are reflected in differing commonalities of surnames, as shown in the table below.[8]

National Rank Name Number of people [9] Flemish Region Walloon Region Brussels-Capital Region
1 Peeters 33,113 1 70 2
2 Janssens 30,996 2 57 1
3 Maes 25,567 3
4 Jacobs 20,096 4 4
5 Mertens 18,699 5
6 Willems 18,540 5
7 Claes 16,757
8 Goossens 16,075
9 Wouters 15,834
10 de Smet 14,251
13 Dubois 12,973 <100 1 3
17 Lambert 11,850 <100 2
21 Dupont 10,319 4
31 Martin 8,995 3
36 Dumont 7,998 5

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Most common Bosnian and Herzegovinan surnames for the Bosniak population.[citation needed]

  1. Hodžić
  2. Hadžić
  3. Cengic
  4. Mehić
  5. Delić
  6. Terzić
  7. Kovačević
  8. Tahirovic
  9. Muratovic
  10. Adilović
  11. Ferhatović

Croatia

Croatia
2008[10] Surname[10] Surname derivation[11]
Rank Frequency
1 22.225 Horvat ethnic name for a Croat
2 15.835 Kovačević patronymic, from kovac "smith"
3 13.150 Babić metronymic, or nickname, from baba "(old) woman", "grandmother"
4 11.171 Marić
5 11.396 Novak 1. a newcomer, from novy "new"; 2. topographic name, for peasant who settled on newly cleared land
6 11.356 Jurić
7 11.171 Kovačić patronymic, from kovac "blacksmith"
8 10.582 Vuković
9 10.554 Knežević
10 10.07 Marković patronymic, from Marko "Marcus"
11 9.957 Petrović patronymic, from Petar and Peter
12 9.960 Matić patronymic, possibly from Matija or Matej "Matthew"; or possibly from Mate or Mato
13 9.538 Tomić patronymic, from Tomo or Toma (short forms of Tomislav)
14 8.997 Kovač occupational name, from kovac "smith"
15 8.759 Pavlović patronymic, from Pavle, Pavao, and Pavel
16 8.258 Božić
17 8.152 Blažević
18 8.010 Grgić
19 7.538 Pavić
20 7.406 Radić

Czech Republic

Rank Name Number of people
1[12] Novák (meaning: new man) 70 504
2 Svoboda (surname) (freedom) 52 088
3 Novotný (prob. new man) 49 962
4 Dvořák (grange owner) 46 099
5 Černý (black) 36 743
6 Procházka (the walk) 33 274
7 Kučera (the curl) 31 286
8 Veselý (cheerful, merry) 26 481
9 Horák (highlander) 25 174
10 Němec (German, foreigner) 22 795
11 Marek (orig. given name) 22 548
12 Pokorný (humble, submissive) 22 203
13 Pospíšil (lit. he hurried) 22 189
14 Hájek (little grove) 21 276
15 Jelínek (little deer) 20 733
16 Král (king) 20 510
17 Růžička (little rose) 19 846
18 Beneš (orig. diminutive of given name Benedikt) 19 600
19 Fiala (the violet) 19 121
20 Sedláček (little farmer) 18 484

Source: Ministry of Interior (as of 2002).

Feminized names included (m. Novák - f. Nováková).

Denmark

Denmark[13]
2004 Surname
Rank #
1 303,089 Jensen
2 296,850 Nielsen
3 248,968 Hansen
4 186,913 Pedersen
5 172,894 Andersen
6 133,033 Christensen
7 129,662 Larsen
8 124,175 Sørensen
9 104,130 Rasmussen
10 98,354 Jørgensen
11 92,189 Petersen
12 70,176 Madsen
13 65,074 Kristensen
14 54,044 Olsen
15 40,514 Thomsen
16 40,224 Christiansen
17 34,203 Poulsen
18 33,120 Johansen
19 31,977 Knudsen
20 31,252 Mortensen

Estonia

Estonia[14][note 1]
2008 Surname
Rank # Meaning
1 6,789 Ivanov
2 5,241 Tamm oak/dam
3 4,352 Saar island/ash (tree)
4 3,624 Sepp smith
5 3,613 Mägi mountain/hill
6 3,402 Smirnov
7 3,153 Vasiliev
8 2,937 Petrov
9 2,847 Kask birch
10 2,728 Kukk rooster
11 2,339 Kuznetsov
12 2,265 Rebane fox
13 2,165 Ilves lynx
14 1,968 Mihhailov
15 1,933 Pärn lime (tree)
16 1,927 Pavlov
17 1,909 Semenov
18 1,882 Koppel paddock
19 1,845 Alekseev

Finland

  1. Virtanen-25,078 (0.567%)
  2. Korhonen - 23,721 (0.452%)
  3. Nieminen - 21,841 (0.416%)
  4. Mäkinen - 21,699 (0.414%)
  5. Mäkelä - 19,674 (0.375%)
  6. Hämäläinen - 19,518 (0.372%)
  7. Laine - 18,908 (0.360%)
  8. Koskinen - 18,058 (0.344%)
  9. Heikkinen - 17,939 (0.342%)
  10. Järvinen - 17,381 (0.331%)

Most of the names on this list are typical examples of surnames that were adopted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a time before which many Finns had no surname in today's sense. In the romantic spirit, they refer to natural features — virta "river", koski "rapids", mäki "hill" — often with the suffix -nen added after the model of older, mainly eastern Finnish surnames such as Korhonen and Heikkinen. "Hämäläinen" literally means an inhabitant of Häme. Heikki is a Finnish form of the man's name Henry.

Source: Population Register Centre, 20 June 2005. Percentages are based on the population of Finland on 21 June 2005.

France

France[15]
Unknown year Surname
Rank #
1 235,846 Martin
2 105,132 Bernard
3 95,998 Dubois
4 95,387 Thomas
5 91,393 Robert
6 90,689 Richard
7 88,318 Petit
8 84,252 Durand
9 78,868 Leroy
10 78,177 Moreau
11 76,655 Simon
12 75,307 Laurent
13 74,564 Lefebvre
14 74,318 Michel
15 68,720 Garcia
16 61,762 David
17 59,817 Bertrand
18 59,440 Roux
19 57,351 Vincent
20 57,047 Fournier
21 56,760 Morel
22 55,642 Girard
23 55,228 André
24 53,670 Lefèvre
25 53,622 Mercier
26 53,405 Dupont
27 51,543 Lambert
28 50,999 Bonnet
29 50,612 François
30 49,762 Martinez

Georgia

Name Number of people
1 Berize 19,765
2 Mammadov 19,294
3 Kapanadze 13,294
4 Gelashvili 13,505
5 Aliyev 13,118

Source: 2007.[16]

Germany

Rank Surname Meaning Percentage[17]
1 Müller occupational name: miller 0.95[18]
2 Schmidt occupational name: blacksmith 0.69[19]
3 Schneider occupational name: tailor 0.40
4 Fischer occupational name: fisher 0.35
5 Meyer occupational name: approximately bailif 0.33[20]
6 Weber occupational name: webber 0.30
7 Schulz occupational name: approximately constable 0.27
8 Wagner occupational name: wheelwright 0.27
9 Becker occupational name: baker 0.27
10 Hoffmann occupational name: approximately man of the court 0.26

Hungary

Hungary[21]
2009 Surname
Rank #
1 237,375 Nagy
2 219,113 Kovács
3 214,803 Tóth
4 211,064 Szabó
5 200,366 Horváth
6 138,732 Varga
7 132,624 Kiss
8 107,791 Molnár
9 92,803 Németh
10 83,405 Farkas
11 80,440 Balogh
12 53,266 Papp
13 52,672 Takács
14 51,693 Juhász
15 46,422 Lakatos
16 40,469 Mészáros
17 38,377 Oláh
18 38,255 Simon
19 35,116 Rácz
20 34,799 Fekete

Ireland

# Surname Modern Irish Original Irish Meaning
1 Murphy Ó Murchú Ó Murchadha
Mac Murchaidh
Ancestor/Son of Murchadh (a personal name meaning "sea-warrior")
2 (O')Kelly Ó Ceallaigh Son of Ceallach ("strife")
3 O'Sullivan Ó Súilleabháin/Ua Súilleabháin Descendant of Súilleabháin ("dark-eyed one", "one-eyed" or "hawk-eyed")
4 Walsh Breathnach Breatnach "Breton", "foreigner" or "Welshman"
5 Smith Mac Gabhann Son of a smith
6 O'Brien Ó Briain Ua Briain/ Ó Briain Descendant of Brian (possibly meaning "high"/"noble")
7 (O')Byrne Ó Broin Descendant of Bran
8 (O')Ryan Ó Riain Ó Riagháin
Ó Maoilriain
Ó Ruaidhín
Descendant of Rian (possibly meaning "king")
Descendant of Maoilriaghain ("bald king")
Descendant of Ruaidhín ("little red one")
9 O'Connor Ó Conchobhair Descendant of Conchobar ("dog-lover")
10 O'Neill Ó Néill, Uí Néill Descendant of Niall (possibly meaning "cloud", "passionate" or "champion")
11 O'Reilly Uí Raghaile Ó Raghallaigh Descendant of Raghallaigh ("outgoing people")
12 Doyle Ó Dubhghaill Descendant of Dubhghall ("dark foreigner")
13 McCarthy Mac Carthaigh Son of Carthach ("Carthage")
14 (O')Gallagher Ó Gallchóir Ó Gallchobhair Descendant of Gallchobar ("foreign young soldier")
15 Doherty Ó Dochartaigh Ua Dochartaigh Descendant of Dochartach ("unlucky"/"hurtful")
16 Kennedy Ó Cinnéide Ó Ceannéidigh Descendant of Cinnédidh; or "ugly head"
17 Lynch Ó Loingsigh Descendant of Loingseach ("seaman")
18 Murray Ó Muireadhaigh MacMuiredhaigh
Mac Giolla Mhuire
Descendant of Muireadhach ("chieftain")
Descendant of a servant of Mary
19 (O')Quinn Ó Cuinn Descendant of Conn ("chief")
20 (O')Moore Ó Mordha Descendant of Mordha ("majestic")

Names starting with O' and Mac/Mc were originally patronymic. Of the names above, with the exception of Smith and Walsh, all originally began with O' or Mac/Mc but many have lost this prefix over time.Source: The Top 500 Irish & British Surnames, The Observer, 15 April 2007.[22]

Italy

Italy[23]
Unknown year Surname
Rank
1 Rossi
2 Russo
3 Ferrari
4 Esposito
5 Bianchi
6 Romano
7 Colombo
8 Ricci
9 Marino
10 Greco
11 Bruno
12 Gallo
13 Conti
14 De Luca
15 Costa
16 Giordano
17 Mancini
18 Rizzo
19 Lombardi
20 Moretti

Latvia

Latvia[24]
2005 Surname
Rank
1 Bērziņš
2 Kalniņš
3 Ozoliņš
4 Jansons
5 Ozols
6 Liepiņš
7 Krūmiņš
8 Balodis
9 Eglītis
10 Zariņš
11 Pētersons
12 Vītols
13 Kļaviņš
14 Kārkliņš
15 Vanags

Lithuania

Lithuania[25]
2009
Rank Men Women[note 2]
1 Kazlauskas Kazlauskienė
2 Petrauskas Jankauskienė
3 Jankauskas Petrauskienė
4 Stankevičius Stankevičienė
5 Vasiliauskas Vasiliauskienė
6 Žukauskas Paulauskienė
7 Butkus Žukauskienė
8 Paulauskas Urbonienė
9 Urbonas Kavaliauskienė
10 Kavaliauskas Navickienė

Malta

Malta[26]
2005 Surname
Rank % #
1 3.3 13,169 Borg
2 3.1 12,643 Camilleri
3 2.9 11,785 Vella
4 2.9 11,549 Farrugia
5 2.3 9,424 Zammit
6 2.1 8,519 Galea
7 2.1 8,356 Micallef
8 1.9 7,828 Grech
9 1.8 7,340 Attard
10 1.8 7,233 Spiteri

Netherlands

The most recent complete count of surnames in the Netherlands is based on the September 2007 county registrations.

Rank Name Number in 2007 Percent Number in 1947 Meaning
1 De Jong 86,534 0.53% 55,256 Junior
2 Jansen 75,699 0.46% 49,213 John's son
3 De Vries 73,157 0.45% 49,298 The Frisian
4 vd Berg * 60,130 0.37% 37,678 From the hill
5 Van Dijk, Van Dyk 57,944 0.35% 36,578 From the dike
6 Bakker 56,864 0.35% 37,483 Baker
7 Janssen 55,394 0.34% 32,824 John's son
8 Visser 50,929 0.31% 34,721 Fisher
9 Smit 43,493 0.27% 29,783 Smith
10 Meijer, Meyer 41,497 0.25% 28,256 Bailiff or steward
11 De Boer 39,576 0.24% 25,662 Farmer
12 Mulder 37,250 0.23% 24,665 Miller
13 De Groot 37,221 0.23% 24,724 The big / great
14 Bos 36,478 0.22% 23,790 Forest
15 Vos 31,154 0.19% 19,461 Fox
16 Peters 30,864 0.19% 18,583 Peter's son
17 Hendriks 30,199 0.18% 18,538 Henry's son
18 Van Leeuwen 28,774 0.18% 17,754 From Leeuwen/Leuven; Levi
19 Dekker 28,682 0.17% 18,782 Thatcher
20 Brouwer 26,224 0.16% 17,468 Brewer
21 De Wit 24,904 0.15% 15,156 White (=the blond)
22 Dijkstra 24,175 0.15% 15,647 From the dike
23 Smits 23,816 0.15% 15,151 Smith
24 De Graaf 21,699 0.13% 13,718 The count/earl
25 Van der Meer 21,354 0.13% 13,011 From the lake

When combining closely related names the top 15 is:

Name Number of people
1 Jansen, Janssen, Janse 135,003
2 de Jong, de Jonge, de Jongh, Jong 108,240
3 de Vries, Vries, de Vriese 74,058
4 Smit, Smits, Smid, de Smit, Smet ** 72,757
5 vd Berg, vd Bergh, vd Berge, vd Bergen * 69,080
6 Visser, Visscher, Vissers, de Visser 68,952
7 van Dijk, van Dyk, Dijk, van Dijck 64,070
8 Bakker, Bekker, de Bakker, Backer 62,183
9 de Boer, Boer, den Boer, van de Boer 57,072
10 Mulder, Muller, Müller, Mulders, de Mulder 52,394
11 Peters, Peeters, Pieters, Peterse, Peter 52,389
12 vd Veen, vd Ven, van Veen, van 't Veen * 49,935
13 Bos, Bosch, de Bos 47,995
14 Meijer, Meyer, Meijers, de Meijer Lun 47,761
15 de Groot, Groot, de Groote 47,511
* "vd" stands for "van de", "van den", or "van der"
** Including "Smith" the number would be 76,604

Source: Nederlands Repertorium van Familienamen, Meertens-Instituut, 1963-2009. Data can be viewed in the Corpus of Family Names in the Netherlands See specifically De top 100 van de familienamen in Nederland (Dutch)

Names ending in -stra or -ma are usually of Frisian origin. For example Terpstra, Bijlsma, Halsema.

Names ending in -ink or -ing are usually of Low Saxon origin. For example Hiddink, Roeterdink, Mentink.

Norway

Norway[27]
2008 Surname
Rank #
1 56,228 Hansen
2 52,461 Johansen
3 52,184 Olsen
4 39,425 Larsen
5 38,433 Andersen
6 36,362 Pedersen
7 36,324 Nilsen
8 24,310 Kristiansen
9 23,836 Jensen
10 22,153 Karlsen
11 21,226 Johnsen
12 20,856 Pettersen
13 19,563 Berg
14 14,625 Haugen
15 14,293 Hagen
16 13,815 Johannessen
17 12,376 Andreassen
18 12,105 Jacobsen
19 11,859 Halvorsen
20 11,644 Dahl

Poland

  1. Nowak (203,506; from nowy "newman")
  2. Kowalski (139,719; from kowal "smith")
  3. Wiśniewski (109,855; from wiśnia "cherry")
  4. Wójcik (99,509; from popular name Wojciech; from word "wojak" (warrior), from real estates Wójcza, Wójciki; from wójt, a noun describing chief officer of a municipality (gmina) ultimately stemming from German Vogt (Vögte) )
  5. Kowalczyk (97,796, from kowal "smith", literally "smith's son")
  6. Kamiński (94,499; from kamień "rock")
  7. Lewandowski (92,449; from lewantyna "Levantine")
  8. Zieliński (91,043; from zielony "green"; from zioło, ziele "herb")
  9. Szymański (89,091; from Szymon, equivalent to Simon)
  10. Woźniak (88,039; from wóz, "cart")
  11. Dąbrowski (86,132; from dąbrowa "oak grove")
  12. Kozłowski (75,962; from kozioł "he-goat")
  13. Jankowski (68,514; from Janek, equivalent to John)
  14. Mazur (66,773; from Mazury, the region in Poland)
  15. Wojciechowski (66,361; from the name Wojciech, equivalent to Adalbert)
  16. Kwiatkowski (66,017; from kwiat "flower")
  17. Krawczyk (64,048; from krawiec "tailor", "taylor's son")
  18. Kaczmarek (61,816; from karczma "inn")
  19. Piotrowski (61,380; from Piotr, equivalent to Peter)
  20. Bagiński (60,492; from baginiak "master")
  21. Grabowski (58,393; from grab "hornbeam")
  22. Jaworski (44,104; from 'jawor' "sycamore")

It is important to remember that Polish names which end with -ski or -cki have a male and a female form - Kamiński / Kamińska, Wielicki / Wielicka, etc. This needs to be considered when taking a count based on, for instance, scanning a telephone book.

Source: Zawadzki, Jarosław Maciej (2002). 1000 najpopularniejszych nazwisk w Polsce (1000 of the most popular names in Poland). Świat Książki. ISBN 83-7311-265-0.  (Polish)

Russia

See also: Список общерусских фамилий (in Russian Wikipedia)

The 20 most common Russian surnames (from the European part of Russia, as calculated by Balanovska et al., 2006,[28] ):

  1. Смирнов (Smirnov, 1.61%) - "quiet man's"
  2. Иванов (Ivanov, 1.30%) - "John's"
  3. Кузнецов (Kuznetsov, 0.90%) - "smith's"
  4. Попов (Popov, 0.79%) - "priest's"
  5. Соколов (Sokolov, 0.73%) - "falcon's"
  6. Лебедев (Lebedev, 0,65%) - "swan's"
  7. Козлов (Kozlov, 0,58%) - "he-goat's"
  8. Новиков (Novikov, 0,54%) - "novik's" (novik - a teenager on military service who comes from a noble, boyar, or cossack family in Russia of 16th-18th centuries).
  9. Морозов (Morozov, 0.53%) - "frost's"
  10. Петров (Petrov, 0.44%) - "Peter's"
  11. Волков (Volkov, 0.44%) - "wolf's"
  12. Соловьёв (Solovyov, 0.44%) - "nightingale's"
  13. Васильев (Vasilyev, 0.42%) - "Basil's"
  14. Зайцев (Zaytsev, 0.41%) - "hare's"
  15. Павлов (Pavlov, 0.39%) - "Paul's"
  16. Семёнов (Semyonov, 0,35%) - "Simeon's"
  17. Голубев (Golubev, 0,32%) - "pigeon's"
  18. Виноградов (Vinogradov, 0.32%) - "grape's"
  19. Богданов (Bogdanov, 0.31%) - "Bogdan's" (Bogdan - a Slavic given name)
  20. Воробьёв (Vorobyov, 0.30%) - "sparrow's"

Russian surnames may originally denote "son of" or "serf of". For surnames ending with "ov" or "in", there is an "-a" feminine ending. Thus, for example, "Ivanova" means "belonging to John" or "John's daughter".

The Russian equivalent of "Smith, Jones, and Brown" (that is, the generic most popular surnames) is Иванов, Петров, Сидоров, or "Johnson, Peterson, and Sidorson". The last of these, Sidorov - "of Sidor" is actually not a very common surname at all, while Sidor as a given name is virtually unknown.

Slovenia

Slovenia[29]
2008 Surname
Rank #
1 11.314 Novak
2 9,998 Horvat
3 5,681 Krajnc
4 5,639 Kovačič
5 5,088 Zupančič
6 4,795 Kovač
7 4,750 Potočnik
8 3,999 Mlakar
9 3,938 Vidmar
10 3,901 Kos
11 3,873 Golob
12 3,536 Turk
13 3,516 Božič
14 3,418 Kralj
15 3,330 Zupan
16 3,297 Korošec
17 3,255 Bizjak
18 3,144 Hribar
19 3,076 Kotnik
20 2,988 Rozman

Spain

  1. García - 1,378,000 people (3.48%) (Of Pre-Roman origin, either Iberian or Basque. Garcia was a very common first name in early medieval Spain. It is a surname of patronymic origin, like most of the -ez ending Spanish surnames.)
  2. Fernández - 851,000 (2.15%) (Son of Fernando, from Germanic Fredenand or Fridnand. Most of the common Spanish surnames originating from Germanic first names were introduced in Spain during centuries V-VII by the Visigoths, so almost all of them are from the Visigoth tradition)
  3. González - 839,000 (2.12%) (Son of Gonzalo, from the Latinised form Gundisalvus, of Germanic origin)
  4. Rodríguez - 804,000 (2.03%) (Son of Rodrigo, Spain; later Germanic use taken to be Roderic)
  5. López - 796,000 (2.01%) (Son of Lope, from Latin Lupus, meaning wolf)
  6. Martínez - 788,000 (1.97%) (Son of Martin, also from Latin, derived from Martis, genitive form of Mars)
  7. Sánchez - 725,000 (1.83%) (Son of Sancho, from Latin Sanctius)
  8. Pérez - 709,000 (1.79%) (Son of Pedro, from Latin Petrus)
  9. Martín - 459,000 (1.16%) (Martin)
  10. Gómez - 440,000 (1.11%) (Son of Gomes, Gomo or Gomaro, of Germanic origin)
  11. Ruiz - 321,000 (0.81%) (Son of Rui, variation or short for Rodrigo)
  12. Hernández - 305,000 (0.77%) (Son of Hernando, variation of Fernando)
  13. Jiménez - 293,000 (0.74%) (Son of Jimeno, from Xemeno or Ximeno, of Basque origin)
  14. Díaz - 293,000 (0.74%) (Son of Diago or Diego)
  15. Álvarez - 273,000 (0.69%) (Son of Alvaro, from Alvar, also of Germanic origin)
  16. Moreno - 261,000 (0.66%) (Brown-haired, tanned, brunet)
  17. Muñoz - 241,000 (0.61%) (Son of Munio, of Pre-Roman origin)
  18. Alonso - 206,000 (0.52%) (Son of Alonso, variation of Alfonso, Germanic origin)
  19. Gutiérrez - 170,000 (0.43%) (Son of Gutier, Gutierre, or Gualtierre, of Germanic)
  20. Romero - 170,000 (0.43%) (walker, pilgrim)
  21. Navarro - 158,400 (0.40%) (Navarrese, from Navarra; of toponymic origin)
  22. Torres - 134,600 (0.34%) (Towers; also toponymic)
  23. Domínguez - 134,600 (0.34%) (Son of Domingo, from Latin Domenicus, ultimately from Dominus, meaning lord, master)
  24. Gil - 134,600 (0.34%) (From older form Egidio; also patronymic)
  25. Vázquez - 130,000 (0.33%) (Son of Vasco or Velasco, of Pre-Roman origin, either Iberian or Basque)
  26. Serrano - 122,700 (0.31%) (Mountain Dweller)
  27. Ramos - 118,000 (0.30%) (Branches; of patronymic origin, meaning 'born in or near the Christian festivity of Branch Sunday, or Palm Sunday')
  28. Blanco - 118,000 (0.30%) (White)
  29. Sanz - 106,900 (0.27%) (Variation of Sanchez)
  30. Castro - 102,900 (0.26%) (Hamlet, castro)
  31. Suárez - 102,900 (0.26%) (Son of Suero or Suaro, of unknown origin)
  32. Ortega - 99,000 (0.25%) (From Ortiga, a type of common plant from the nettle family, of toponymic origin; also pre-dates Roman influence, deriving from Ortún or Artun (Basque) as in Artunduaga "holy oak" (root for Asun, Basque for nettle), ultimately from Latin Fortuniuseca, meaning lucky or fortunate one, either Iberian or Basque)
  33. Rubio - 99,000 (0.25%) (Blond, fair-haired; ultimately from Latin Rubeus, meaning ruddy, reddish)
  34. Molina - 99,000 (0.25%) (Mill, place with mills; toponymic)
  35. Delgado - 95,000 (0.24%) (Thin man)
  36. Ramírez - 95,000 (0.24%) (Son of Ramiro, from Germanic Radamir or Radmir)
  37. Morales - 95,000 (0.24%) (Blackberry groves; of toponymic origin)
  38. Ortiz - 87,120 (0.22%) (Son of Ortún; ultimately from Latin Fortunius, meaning fortunate one, similar to Ortega)
  39. Marín - 83,160 (0.21%) (From Latin Marinus, meaning seaman, sailor)
  40. Iglesias - 83,160 (0.21%) (Churches; toponymic origin)

Source:[30] - Data from December 1999. (2004 data confirmation of top 25)

Map of Spain showing the percentage of population born in each province corresponding to the 10 most common surnames for that province. Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística (Spain) 2006

The top 10 surnames cover about 20% of population, with important geographical differences. The regional distribution of surnames within Spain was homogenized mostly through internal migrations, especially from 1950 on. Names typical of the old crown of Castile have become the most common all over the country.

It is common for people having one of the more common surnames to use a second surname (usually their mother's maiden name, but sometimes the second surname carries across generations) so that their name stands out (e.g. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Benito Pérez Galdós).

Sweden

Sweden[31]
2008 Surname
Rank #
1 265,308 Johansson
2 263,518 Andersson
3 201,681 Karlsson
4 178,845 Nilsson
5 142,959 Eriksson
6 129,275 Larsson
7 113,927 Olsson
8 111,629 Persson
9 106,886 Svensson
10 74,432 Gustafsson
11 67,519 Pettersson
12 59,307 Jonsson
13 51,346 Jansson
14 45,009 Hansson
15 35,241 Bengtsson
16 34,018 Jönsson
17 31,332 Petersson
18 29,967 Carlsson
19 27,344 Lindberg
20 27,152 Magnusson

Turkey

  1. Yılmaz
  2. Kaya
  3. Demir
  4. Şahin
  5. Çelik
  6. [name]oğlu
  7. Yıldırım
  8. Karadağ

Source: Turkish Directorate-General of Population and Citizenships:[32] &[33]

United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, generally the further south, the greater the diversity of surnames. Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and particularly the Western Isles, have the lowest number of unique surnames per head of population. The same north-south pattern applies to England itself, with London also having a large diversity of surnames.[34]

The top three most common surnames in the UK are Smith (1.22% of the population), Jones (0.93%) and Williams (0.64%). All of the top twenty names of the UK originate in the British Isles.[34]

England

University College London, Paediatric-Epidemiology Signficance Surnames Paper

  1. Smith (1.26%)
  2. Jones (0.75%)
  3. Taylor (0.59)
  4. Brown (0.56)
  5. Williams (0.39)
  6. Wilson (0.39)
  7. Johnson (0.37)
  8. Davies (0.34)
  9. Robinson (0.32)
  10. Wright (0.32)
  11. Thompson (0.31)
  12. Evans (0.30)
  13. Walker (0.30)
  14. White (0.30)
  15. Roberts (0.28)
  16. Green (0.28)
  17. Hall (0.28)
  18. Wood (0.27)
  19. Jackson (0.27)
  20. Clarke (0.26)

Numbers in brackets indicate percentages.

Greater London

The following list is for Greater London.[35]

  1. Smith
  2. Patel
  3. Jones
  4. Williams
  5. Johnson
  6. Taylor
  7. Thomas
  8. Roberts
  9. Khan
  10. Lewis
  11. Jackson
  12. Clarke
  13. James
  14. Phillips
  15. Wilson
  16. Ali
  17. Mason
  18. Mitchell
  19. Rose
  20. Davis
  21. Davies
  22. Rodríguez
  23. Asif
  24. Alexander

Northern Ireland

University College London, Paediatric-Epidemiology Signficance Surnames Paper

  1. Wilson (0.75)
  2. Campbell (0.75)
  3. Kelly (0.74)
  4. Johnston (0.69)
  5. Moore (0.62)
  6. Thompson (0.61)
  7. Smyth (0.60)
  8. Brown (0.59)
  9. O’Neill (0.57)
  10. Doherty (0.54)
  11. Stewart (0.54)
  12. Quinn (0.51)
  13. Robinson (0.50)
  14. Murphy (0.49)
  15. Graham (0.48)
  16. Martin (0.45)
  17. McLaughlin (0.45)
  18. Hamilton (0.44)
  19. Murray (0.43)
  20. Hughes (0.41)

Numbers in brackets indicate percentages.

Scotland

University College London, Paediatric-Epidemiology Signficance Surnames Paper

  1. Smith (1.28)
  2. Brown (0.94)
  3. Wilson (0.89)
  4. Robertson (0.78)
  5. Thomson (0.78)
  6. Campbell (0.77)
  7. Stewart (0.73)
  8. Anderson (0.70)
  9. Scott (0.55)
  10. Murray (0.53)
  11. MacDonald (0.52)
  12. Reid (0.52)
  13. Taylor (0.49)
  14. Clark (0.47)
  15. Ross (0.43)
  16. Young (0.42)
  17. Mitchell (0.41)
  18. Watson (0.41)
  19. Paterson (0.40)
  20. Morrison (0.40)
  21. O'Dell (0.37)

Numbers in brackets indicate percentages.

Wales

University College London, Paediatric-Epidemiology Signficance Surnames Paper

  1. Jones (5.75)
  2. Williams (3.72)
  3. Davies (3.72)
  4. Evans (2.47)
  5. Thomas (2.43)
  6. Roberts (1.53)
  7. Lewis (1.53)
  8. Hughes (1.23)
  9. Morgan (1.16)
  10. Griffiths (0.96)
  11. Edwards (0.93)
  12. Smith (0.85)
  13. James (0.82)
  14. Rees (0.81)
  15. Jenkins (0.69)
  16. Owen (0.67)
  17. Price (0.67)
  18. Phillips (0.65)
  19. Morris (0.63)
  20. Richards (0.55)

Numbers in brackets indicate percentages.

North America

Canada

Canada[36][note 3]
2006 Surname
Rank
1 Gretzky[6]
2 Smith
3 Lam
4 Martin
5 Brown
6 Roy
7 Tremblay
8 Lee
9 Gagnon
10 Wilson
11 Clark
12 Johnson
13 White
14 Williams
15 Côté
16 Taylor
17 Campbell
18 Anderson
19 Chan
20 Jones

United States

According to 2000 U.S. Census data, the top hundred surnames in the U.S. are:[37]

Name Rank in 2000 Rank in 1990[38] Change in rank Number of occurrences Occurrences per 100,000 Cumulative occurrence per 100,000  % White  % Black  % Asian and Pacific Islander  % American Indian and Alaska Native  % 2 races  % Hispanic
Smith 1 1 0 2376207 880.85 880.85 73.35 22.22 0.4 0.85 1.63 1.56
Johnson 2 2 0 1857160 688.44 1569.3 61.55 33.8 0.42 0.91 1.82 1.5
Williams 3 3 0 1534042 568.66 2137.96 48.52 46.72 0.37 0.78 2.01 1.6
Brown 4 5 1 1380145 511.62 2649.58 60.71 34.54 0.41 0.83 1.86 1.64
Jones 5 4 -1 1362755 505.17 3154.75 57.69 37.73 0.35 0.94 1.85 1.44
Miller 6 7 1 1127803 418.07 3572.82 85.81 10.41 0.42 0.63 1.31 1.43
Davis 7 6 -1 1072335 397.51 3970.33 64.73 30.77 0.4 0.79 1.73 1.58
García 8 18 10 858289 318.17 4288.5 6.17 0.49 1.43 0.58 0.51 90.81
Rodríguez 9 22 13 804240 298.13 4586.62 5.52 0.54 0.58 0.24 0.41 92.7
Wilson 10 8 -2 783051 290.27 4876.9 69.72 25.32 0.46 1.03 1.74 1.73
Martínez 11 19 8 775072 287.32 5164.22 6.04 0.52 0.6 0.64 0.46 91.72
Anderson 12 11 -1 762394 282.62 5446.83 77.6 18.06 0.48 0.7 1.59 1.58
Taylor 13 10 -3 720370 267.04 5713.87 67.8 27.67 0.39 0.75 1.78 1.61
Thomas 14 12 -2 710696 263.45 5977.33 55.53 38.17 1.63 1.01 2 1.66
Hernández 15 29 14 706372 261.85 6239.18 4.55 0.38 0.65 0.27 0.35 93.81
Moore 16 9 -7 698671 259 6498.17 68.85 26.92 0.37 0.65 1.7 1.5
Martin 17 16 -1 672711 249.37 6747.54 77.47 15.3 0.71 0.94 1.59 3.99
Jackson 18 13 -5 666125 246.93 6994.47 41.93 53.02 0.31 1.04 2.18 1.53
Thompson 19 17 -2 644368 238.87 7233.34 72.48 22.53 0.44 1.15 1.78 1.62
White 20 14 -6 639515 237.07 7470.4 67.91 27.38 0.39 1.01 1.76 1.55
López 21 32 11 621536 230.4 7700.81 5.85 0.61 1.04 0.47 0.52 91.51
Lee 22 24 2 605860 224.59 7925.4 40.09 17.41 37.83 1.03 2.3 1.34
González 23 38 15 597718 221.57 8146.97 4.76 0.37 0.38 0.18 0.33 93.99
Harris 24 15 -9 593542 220.02 8366.99 53.88 41.63 0.36 0.65 2.02 1.45
Clark 25 21 -4 548369 203.28 8570.27 76.84 18.53 0.41 0.94 1.6 1.68
Lewis 26 23 -3 509930 189.03 8759.3 60.97 33.83 0.45 1.14 1.97 1.64
Robinson 27 20 -7 503028 186.47 8945.77 51.34 44.1 0.37 0.51 1.99 1.68
Walker 28 25 -3 501307 185.83 9131.61 61.25 34.17 0.35 0.83 1.8 1.6
Pérez 29 42 13 488521 181.09 9312.7 5.95 0.48 1.18 0.26 0.48 91.65
Hall 30 26 -4 473568 175.55 9488.25 75.11 20.75 0.48 0.63 1.63 1.4
Young 31 28 -3 465948 172.73 9660.97 68.91 23.79 2.95 0.73 1.93 1.69
Allen 32 27 -5 463368 171.77 9832.74 70.24 25.14 0.41 0.83 1.77 1.62
Sánchez 33 52 19 441242 163.57 9996.31 5.77 0.5 1.01 0.49 0.45 91.78
Wright 34 31 -3 440367 163.24 10159.55 68.3 27.36 0.4 0.66 1.75 1.52
King 35 30 -5 438986 162.73 10322.28 72.8 22.02 0.88 0.97 1.71 1.62
Scott 36 34 -2 420091 155.73 10478.01 62.6 32.26 0.41 1.15 1.9 1.68
Green 37 35 -2 413477 153.27 10631.29 59.33 36.23 0.34 0.61 1.78 1.71
Baker 38 37 -1 413351 153.23 10784.51 82.08 13.63 0.45 0.83 1.54 1.47
Adams 39 36 -3 413086 153.13 10937.64 76.17 19.2 0.45 0.79 1.63 1.76
Nelson 40 39 -1 412236 152.81 11090.46 80.29 14.93 0.51 1.09 1.49 1.68
Hill 41 33 -8 411770 152.64 11243.1 66.83 28.42 0.42 0.91 1.78 1.64
Ramírez 42 70 28 388987 144.2 11387.3 4.4 0.29 0.97 0.27 0.4 93.67
Campbell 43 46 3 371953 137.88 11525.18 76.47 19.13 0.43 0.65 1.67 1.65
Mitchell 44 41 -3 367433 136.21 11661.38 63.55 31.52 0.39 0.98 1.93 1.63
Roberts 45 43 -2 366215 135.75 11797.14 79.56 15.86 0.47 0.85 1.67 1.58
Carter 46 40 -6 362548 134.4 11931.53 60.51 34.99 0.39 0.71 1.88 1.52
Phillips 47 45 -2 351848 130.43 12061.96 78.95 16.36 0.45 0.99 1.68 1.58
Evans 48 48 0 342237 126.87 12188.83 70.65 25.05 0.4 0.68 1.67 1.55
Turner 49 44 -5 335663 124.43 12313.26 66.67 29.31 0.33 0.56 1.72 1.4
Torres 50 67 17 325169 120.54 12433.8 6.05 0.58 1.42 0.26 0.53 91.16
Parker 51 47 -4 324246 120.2 12554 71.49 24.09 0.44 0.85 1.67 1.46
Collins 52 50 -2 317848 117.83 12671.82 73.92 21.7 0.37 0.75 1.65 1.61
Edwards 53 49 -4 317070 117.54 12789.36 65.16 30.21 0.4 0.75 1.84 1.63
Stewart 54 51 -3 312899 115.99 12905.35 71.78 23.83 0.38 0.74 1.69 1.59
Flores 55 89 34 312615 115.89 13021.23 5.57 0.47 2.15 0.43 0.54 90.84
Morris 56 53 -3 311754 115.57 13136.8 75.92 19.29 0.43 0.93 1.7 1.73
Nguyen 57 228 172 310125 114.96 13251.76 1.26 0.18 95.93 0.04 2.01 0.58
Murphy 58 59 1 300501 111.39 13363.16 85.05 11.03 0.43 0.65 1.29 1.54
Rivera 59 61 2 299463 111.01 13474.17 5.92 1.06 2.06 0.24 0.55 90.17
Cook 60 56 -4 294795 109.28 13583.45 83.52 12.27 0.44 0.86 1.48 1.42
Rogers 61 54 -7 294403 109.13 13692.58 77.8 17.66 0.42 0.77 1.58 1.77
Morgan 62 57 -5 276400 102.46 13795.04 78.47 16.47 0.42 1.15 1.64 1.86
Peterson 63 68 5 275041 101.96 13897 86.29 9.58 0.52 0.7 1.33 1.56
Cooper 64 66 -2 270097 100.12 13997.12 70.36 25.26 0.4 0.76 1.69 1.54
Reed 65 55 -10 267443 99.14 14096.26 73.51 21.97 0.4 1 1.67 1.45
Bailey 66 60 -6 265916 98.57 14194.84 74.77 21.14 0.4 0.61 1.63 1.45
Bell 67 58 -9 264752 98.14 14292.98 63.57 31.78 0.41 0.9 1.8 1.55
Gómez 68 121 53 263590 97.71 14390.69 6.1 0.81 1.04 0.34 0.54 91.16
Kelly 69 74 5 260385 96.52 14487.22 80.39 15.48 0.49 0.55 1.35 1.73
Howard 70 65 -5 254779 94.45 14581.66 66.83 28.69 0.38 0.82 1.74 1.55
Ward 71 66 -5 254121 94.2 14675.86 77.79 17.77 0.4 0.83 1.57 1.64
Cox 72 64 -8 253771 94.07 14769.94 84.48 11.55 0.39 0.64 1.42 1.52
Díaz 73 99 26 251772 93.33 14863.27 6.17 0.73 1.19 0.22 0.47 91.22
Richardson 74 63 -11 249533 92.5 14955.77 62.25 32.77 0.36 1.05 1.82 1.75
Wood 75 78 3 247299 91.67 15047.44 90.06 5.61 0.51 0.82 1.4 1.6
Watson 76 72 -4 242432 89.87 15137.31 68.58 26.85 0.47 0.8 1.72 1.58
Brooks 77 73 -4 240751 89.25 15226.56 62.72 32.67 0.41 0.75 1.83 1.62
Bennett 78 77 -1 239055 88.62 15315.17 79 16.51 0.41 0.89 1.54 1.65
Gray 79 69 -10 236713 87.75 15402.92 71.13 24.36 0.44 0.84 1.66 1.57
James 80 71 -9 233224 86.46 15489.38 54.45 38.09 0.81 2.51 2.1 2.04
Reyes 81 141 60 232511 86.19 15575.57 5.26 0.75 6.02 0.3 0.76 86.9
Cruz 82 118 36 231065 85.66 15661.22 5.95 0.83 5.61 0.38 0.99 86.24
Hughes 83 88 5 229390 85.03 15746.26 80.6 15.45 0.39 0.52 1.46 1.58
Price 84 76 -8 228756 84.8 15831.06 76.11 19.79 0.42 0.64 1.58 1.46
Myers 85 101 16 224824 83.34 15914.4 86.59 9.75 0.38 0.53 1.35 1.4
Long 86 86 0 223494 82.85 15997.25 82.35 11.75 1.78 1.21 1.44 1.47
Foster 87 93 6 221040 81.94 16079.19 72 23.19 0.46 0.86 1.78 1.7
Sanders 88 75 -13 220902 81.89 16161.07 63.44 31.9 0.33 0.85 1.73 1.76
Ross 89 80 -9 219961 81.54 16242.61 71.46 23.67 0.46 0.89 1.69 1.82
Morales 90 136 46 217642 80.68 16323.29 5.6 0.6 1.24 0.25 0.44 91.88
Powell 91 85 -6 216553 80.28 16403.57 69.96 25.97 0.38 0.56 1.71 1.41
Sullivan 92 105 13 215640 79.94 16483.5 89.45 6.78 0.46 0.52 1.16 1.63
Russell 93 97 4 215432 79.86 16563.36 79.45 15.79 0.43 1 1.7 1.63
Ortiz 94 120 26 214683 79.58 16642.95 5.4 0.64 0.68 0.48 0.45 92.35
Jenkins 95 83 -12 213737 79.23 16722.18 60.12 35.97 0.33 0.55 1.69 1.34
Gutiérrez 96 202 106 212905 78.92 16801.1 5.21 0.25 1.4 0.33 0.42 92.39
Perry 97 84 -13 212644 78.83 16879.93 70.71 24.37 0.46 0.82 1.86 1.78
Butler 98 91 -7 210879 78.17 16958.1 64.75 30.85 0.35 0.81 1.75 1.5
Barnes 99 79 -20 210426 78 17036.1 67.45 28.23 0.4 0.72 1.71 1.49
Fisher 100 113 13 210279 77.95 17114.05 84.59 11.28 0.42 0.71 1.42 1.58

The distribution reflects the history of immigration into the country. Many immigrants from non-English-speaking countries Anglicized their names. Good examples of this are the popular Swedish name Johansson which was frequently changed to Johnson, and the German Müller which became Miller. The name Smith also became even more frequent because of some Polish immigrants who anglicized the name "Kowalski" to become "Smith".[citation needed] Some very common Swedish names were so similar that only a minor change of spelling was necessary, such as Andersson and Jonsson, which is why these names are much more common in the U.S. than in the United Kingdom. Slavery also had an effect; names such as Williams, Jackson, Harris, Davis, Brown, and Jones are common among African Americans, since slaves tended to be given, or adopt, their owners' surnames.

García and Martínez represent the rapid growth of several Hispanic communities in the United States. The Vietnamese surname Nguyen made a dramatic leap from 229th in 1990 to 57th in 2000.

According the 2000 Census, 13.97% of Americans have a surname which occurs fewer than 100 times in the population.

Oceania

Australia

Statistics are drawn from Australian government records of 2007.[39]

# Name Number of people
1 smith] 114,997
2 Jones 56,698
3 Williams 55,555
4 Brown 54,896
5 Wilson 46,961
6 Taylor 45,328
7 Johnson 33,435
8 White 31,099
9 Martin 31,058
10 Anderson 30,910
11 Thompson 29,931
12 (7)[40] Nguyen 29,798
13 Thomas 27,276
14 Walker 26,688
15 Harris 26,025
16 Lee 25,612
17 Ryan 25,526
18 Robinson 25,168
19 Kelly 25,014
20 King 24,870
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South America

Argentina

Argentina[41]
2005 Surname
Rank %
1 1,472 González
2 1,252 Rodríguez
3 1,104 Gómez
4 1,066 Fernández
5 1,020 López
6 0,897 Díaz
7 0,870 Martínez
8 0,763 Pérez
9 0,753 García
10 0,703 Sánchez
11 0,664 Romero
12 0,487 Sosa
13 0,448 Álvarez
14 0,431 Torres
15 0,415 Ruiz
16 0,399 Ramírez
17 0,364 Flores
18 0,352 Acosta
19 0,346 Benítez
20 0,343 Medina

Chile

Chile[42]
Unknown year Surname
Rank #
1 741,388 González
2 578,673 Muñoz
3 413,897 Rojas
4 410,802 Díaz
5 326,867 Pérez
6 298,062 Soto
7 276,887 Contreras
8 259,950 Silva
9 252,966 Martínez
10 251,078 Sepúlveda
11 248,448 Morales
12 243,695 Rodríguez
13 240,181 López
14 228,609 Fuentes
15 226,848 Hernández
16 226,480 Torres
17 224,232 Araya
18 221,231 Flores
19 219,375 Espinoza
20 215,025 Valenzuela

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See also

Notes

  1. ^ The variety of Estonian surnames is significantly higher than Russian surnames which explains why half of the names in this listing are of Russian origin — it is less likely for a single Estonian surname to be listed here. The same applies for given names.[citation needed]
  2. ^ The Lithuanian language has different endings for surnames for men and women. The ending of a woman's surname indicates whether she is married or not. Last names of married women end in -ienė while those of unmarried girls end in -ytė, -iūtė, -utė, -aitė.[citation needed]
  3. ^ Statistics Canada does not release lists of common surnames. This ranking was compiled from a compendium of telephone directories, by the American company InfoUSA. This company claims to have have assembled a directory of every telephone listing in Canada. The CBC News stated that this list is "unscientific"; stating that it "doesn't take into account those who've ditched their landlines for cellphones, or homes with unlisted numbers. It also ranks them by household, not necessarily individuals".[36]

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  2. ^ Source:Top 7,000 Surnames of Japan
  3. ^ Source: Nationwide Top 10,000 Surnames by Tadashige Murayama. "The 2006 Japanese Surnames Research". Myōji-kan (苗字舘). http://park14.wakwak.com/~myj/. Retrieved 2007-11-12. 
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  8. ^ Date: January 1, 2001;Source: Statistics Belgium, Demographic Statistics. [2]
  9. ^ Population: 10,296,350 (2001 census)
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  18. ^ In northern Germany, the alternative form 'Möller' is more common;
  19. ^ Heterograph: Schmitt. In southernmost Germany, the alternative form 'Schmid' is the most common. All forms taken collectively would be #1 surname
  20. ^ Heterographs: Meier, which is common to the north, like Meyer, and Mayer, which is commoner to the south. All forms taken collectively would be #2 surname
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Genealogy

Up to date as of February 01, 2010

From Familypedia

Family names can be unique or come in large numbers. In different countries some names are more common than others. This is a listing of common surnames (alphabetical by country names):

Contents

Argentina

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  • González
  • Rodríguez
  • López
  • García
  • Gómez
  • Pérez
  • Galleti
  • Villa
  • Dominguez

Bangladesh

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  • Ahmed
  • Alam
  • Begum
  • Choudhury
  • Das
  • Hossain
  • Khan
  • Miah
  • Muhammad
  • Patwary
  • Roy
  • Rahman

Belgium

Rank Name Number of people
1 Peeters 33,113
2 Janssens 30,996
3 Maes 25,567
4 Jacobs 20,096
5 Mertens 18,699
6 Willems 18,540
7 Claes 16,757
8 Goossens 16,075
9 Wouters 15,834
10 De Smet 14,251

For the three Regions in Belgium, the most common surnames are:

Rank Flemish region Walloon region Brussels-Capital region
1 Peeters Dubois Janssens
2 Janssens Lambert Peeters
3 Maes Martin Dubois
4 Jacobs Dupont Jacobs
5 Willems Dumont Mertens
Date

January 1, 2001

Source

Statistics Belgium, Demographical Statistics. [1]

Brazil

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  • Acquarone - Italian surname
  • Alberton - French surname
  • Alencar - Portuguese surname
  • Alvin - English surname
  • Álvares - Portuguese surname
  • Amaral - Portuguese surname
  • Andrade - Portuguese surname
  • Antonelli - Italian surname
  • Antunes - Portuguese surname
  • Azevedo - Portuguese surname
  • Baricelli - Italian surname
  • Becker - German surname
  • Bernardes - Portuguese surname
  • Bettencourt - Portuguese surname with ancient French origin
  • Bevilacqua - Italian surname
  • Bianchi - Italian surname
  • Boglietti - Italian surname
  • Buonfiglioli - Italian surname
  • Buongiovanni - Italian surname
  • Borges - Portuguese surname
  • Bourgeois - French surname
  • Branco - Portuguese surname
  • Brito - Portuguese surname
  • Bruno - Portuguese surname
  • Burnier - French surname
  • Buzatto - Italian surname
  • Cabral - Portuguese surname
  • Câmara - Portuguese surname
  • Cardoso - Portuguese surname
  • Carvalho - Portuguese surname
  • Castelli - Italian surname
  • Castro - Portuguese surname
  • Cavalcanti or Cavalcante - Portuguese surname with ancient Italian origin
  • Chaves - Portuguese surname
  • Cicarelli - Italian surname
  • Cisoto - Italian surname
  • Cohen - Jewish surname
  • Costa - Portuguese surname
  • Couto - Portuguese surname
  • Cruz - Portuguese surname
  • Conceição - Portuguese surname
  • Mata - Portuguese surname
  • Jesus - Portuguese surname
  • de Vielmond - French surname
  • del Sarto - Italian surname
  • del Vecchio - Italian surname
  • Dias - Portuguese surname
  • Bosque - Portuguese surname
  • Nascimento - Portuguese surname
  • Passos - Portuguese surname
  • Du Bois - French surname
  • Du Champs - French surname
  • Duris - Fench surname
  • du Vale - French surname
  • Fagundes - Portuguese surname
  • Fernandes - Portuguese surname
  • Ferreira - Portuguese surname
  • Fischer - German surname
  • Garcia - Portuguese surname
  • Giachetto - Italian surname
  • Gianechinni - Italian surname
  • Gil - Portuguese surname
  • Gomes - Portuguese surname
  • Habib - Arabian surname
  • Haddad - Arabian surname
  • Henriques - Portuguese surname
  • Hilbert - German surname
  • Jayme or Jaime - Portuguese surname
  • Jensen - German surname
  • Kalil - Arabian surname
  • Kobayashi - Japanese surname
  • Kozlowski - Slavic surname
  • Kovalic - Slavic surname
  • Kowalsky - Slavic surname
  • Krieger - German surname
  • Levi - Jewish surname
  • Lima - Portuguese surname
  • Lins - Portuguese surname
  • Lira - Portuguese surname
  • Lombardi, derivations like Lombardini, Lombardo, Lombardelli - Italian surname
  • Lopes - Portuguese surname
  • Malfitano - Italian surname
  • Martins - Portuguese surname
  • Matsumoto - Japanese surname
  • Matos - Portuguese surname
  • Mayer - Portuguese surname with ancient German origin
  • Meano - Italian surname
  • Mean - Divine surname
  • Medeiros - Portuguese surname
  • Mendes - Portuguese surname
  • Mendonça - Portuguese surname
  • Menezes - Portuguese surname
  • Meyer - German surname
  • Michel - French surname
  • Michelsen - German surname
  • Moniz or Muniz - Portuguese surname
  • Moraes or Morais - Portuguese surname
  • Moreira - Portuguese surname
  • Moreau- Frecnh surname
  • Moretti - Italian surname
  • Müller - German surname
  • Nakamura - Japanese surname
  • Nakashima - Japanese surname
  • Nakata - Japanese surname
  • Neves - Portuguese surname
  • Nogueira - Portuguese surname
  • Oliveira - Portuguese surname
  • Pai-Teles - Portuguese surname
  • Paixão - Portuguese surname
  • Peltier - French surname
  • Pereira - Portuguese surname
  • Petit - French surname
  • Pinto - Portuguese surname
  • Pires - Portuguese surname
  • Popovic - Slavic surname
  • Rego - Portuguese surname
  • Reis - Portuguese surname
  • Ribeiro - Portuguese surname
  • Ricci - Italian surname
  • Rodrigues - Portuguese surname
  • Rossi - Italian surname
  • Russo - Portuguese surname
  • Sá - Portuguese surname
  • Sanches - Portuguese surname
  • San Girard - French surname
  • Santos - Portuguese surname
  • Sato - Japanese surname
  • Scheidt - German surname
  • Schmidt - German surname
  • Schneider - German surname
  • Schultz - German surname
  • Serrano - Portuguese surname
  • Silva - Portuguese surname
  • Silveira - Portuguese surname
  • Siqueira - Portuguese surname
  • Soares - Portuguese surname
  • Sousa or Souza - Portuguese surname
  • Suzuki - Japanese surname
  • Tavares - Portuguese surname
  • Teixeira - Portuguese surname
  • Tozzi - Italian surname
  • Tucci - Italian surname
  • Valmor - Portuguese surname
  • Valverde - Portuguese surname
  • Van der Ley - Dutch surname
  • Van Helden - Dutch surname
  • Vasconcelos - Portuguese surname
  • Vaz - Portuguese surname
  • Venâncio - Portuguese surname
  • Ventura - Portuguese surname
  • Venturini - Italian surname
  • Vilas Boas - Portuguese surname
  • Vila Lobos - Portuguese surname
  • Vila Nova - Portuguese surname
  • Vila Real - Portuguese surname
  • von Dorff - German surname
  • Wabner - German surname
  • Wagner - German surname
  • Watanabe - Japanese surname
  • Weber - German surname
  • Westphalen - German surname
  • Xavier - Portuguese surname
  • Ximenes - Portuguese surname
  • Yamaguchi - Japanese surname
  • Yamamoto - Japanese surname
  • Zambrotta - Italian surname
  • Zanini - Italian surname
  • Zimmerman - German surname

Most of Brazilian surnames derive from Portuguese surnames. The Portuguese started colonizing Brazil in the 16th century and brought with them many Black African slaves who were forced to work in Sugarcane plantations and other intensive labor activities. Since these slaves were considered property of their masters, they usually adopted their master’s surname, as well as their offspring. When someone's surname was unknown, not verifiable or considered unpronounceable in Portuguese language, their surname was usually registered as "da Costa" when living near the sea coast or "da Silva" (from the forest) if lived inland. The surname "dos Santos" (from the saints) was given to orphan children. This explains why these names (da Costa, da Silva, dos Santos) are so common and why, although the high degree of miscegenation between Portuguese, African and local Indigenous people, Portuguese names are so common. Other common surnames of Portuguese origin, such as Pires, Rodrigues, Lopes, Mendes, Fernandes - notice that they end with -es, not -ez as in Spanish, are also still very common both in Portugal and Brazil. Also many "New Christians" (converted Jews) who adopted names after trees (Pereira, Oliveira), geographic sites (Ribeiro, Matos), or animals (Coelho, Peixe), came from Portugal to Brazil to escape the Inquisition period in Europe - note that these names are not Jewish in origin and are not a sign of Jewish ancestry per se. A new wave of European immigration came to Brazil in the late 19th and 20th centuries, mainly during and after the 1st and 2nd World War, and was primarily composed by Portuguese, Italian, German and Polish searching for better living conditions in the “New World”, as well as Europeans of Jewish origin who were escaping Nazi persecutions.Every country or region has a common surname in Brazil, like the French Bittencourt, Bethencourt, very common in Brazil, but not one of the most commons in France, also the German Fischer, Müller, Schmidt and the Arab surnames Habib and Haddad, meaning Beloved and Smith or the Japanese Suzuki, a kind of tree. The surname divine Mean appeared in Brazil, from the story of a descendant of the family that Meano desvendou the principal secret of the universe, the love. He is one more member of society of love in the humanity history.

Bulgaria

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  • Иванов (Ivanov)
  • Петров (Petrov)
  • Георгиев (Georgiev)
  • Димитров (Dimitrov)
  • Стоянов (Stoyanov)
  • Андреев (Andreev)
  • Михайлов (Mihaylov)
  • Николов (Nikolov)
  • Василев (Vassilev)
  • Тодоров (Todorov)

Canada

English Canada

  1. Johnson
  2. Smith
  3. Martin
  4. Morris
  5. Hill
  6. Hall
  7. Jackson

Source: [2]

Quebec French Canada

The 50 most popular surnames in Quebec

  1. Tremblay (1.13%)
  2. Gagnon (0.82%)
  3. Roy (0.77%)
  4. Côté (0.74%)
  5. Bouchard (0.56%)
  6. Gauthier (0.55%)
  7. Morin (0.51%)
  8. Lavoie (0.49%)
  9. Fortin (0.47%)
  10. Gagné (0.47%)
  11. Pelletier (0.45%)
  12. Bélanger (0.44%)
  13. Bergeron (0.41%)
  14. Lévesque (0.41%)
  15. Simard (0.38%)
  16. Girard (0.37%)
  17. Leblanc (0.37%)
  18. Boucher (0.35%)
  19. Ouellet (0.34%)
  20. Caron (0.32%)
  21. Beaulieu (0.31%)
  22. Poirier (0.31%)
  23. Dubé (0.31%)
  24. Cloutier (0.31%)
  25. Fournier (0.30%)
  26. Lapointe (0.30%)
  27. Lefebvre (0.29%)
  28. Poulin (0.28%)
  29. Nadeau (0.28%)
  30. Martin (0.27%)
  31. St-Pierre (0.27%)
  32. Martel (0.26%)
  33. Grenier (0.26%)
  34. Landry (0.26%)
  35. Lessard (0.26%)
  36. Leclerc (0.25%)
  37. Bédard (0.25%)
  38. Bernier (0.24%)
  39. Couture (0.24%)
  40. Richard (0.23%)
  41. Michaud (0.23%)
  42. Desjardins (0.23%)
  43. Hébert (0.22%)
  44. Blais (0.22%)
  45. Turcotte (0.22%)
  46. Savard (0.22%)
  47. Lachance (0.22%)
  48. Parent (0.22%)
  49. Demers (0.21%)
  50. Gosselin (0.21%)

Percentage of total population: 17.82%

Sources: Institut de la statistique du Québec, Quelques Statistiques sur les Noms de Famille and Les 1 000 premiers noms de famille selon le rang, Québec

China

See also: List of common Chinese surnames

According to the survey conducted by Chinese Academy of Sciences released in January 2006, the top twenty surnames in China are listed as follows.

  1. (李) Lǐ
  2. (王) Wáng
  3. (張) Zhāng
  4. (劉) Liú
  5. (陳) Chén
  6. (楊) Yáng
  7. (黃) Huáng
  8. (趙) Zhào
  9. (周) Zhou
  10. (吳) Wú
  11. (徐) Xú
  12. (孫) Sūn
  13. (朱) Zhū
  14. (馬) Mǎ
  15. (胡) Hu
  16. (郭) Guō
  17. (林) Lín
  18. (何) Hé
  19. (高) Gāo
  20. (梁) Liáng
In a different study (1987) which combined data from China and Taiwan (sample size of 570,000 persons), the outcome was a bit different. The number one Chinese family name was (李) Lǐ at 7.9% of the sample, followed by (王) Wáng at 7.4% and (張) Zhāng at 7.1%; the study showed that the top 19 names covered 55.6% and the top 100 names covered 87% of the sample. Chinese family names distributed differently according to regions. The north was dominated by (李) Lǐ, (王) Wáng, (張) Zhāng, and (劉) Liú; the south was dominated by (陳) Chén, (趙) Zhào, (黃) Huáng, (林) Lín, and (吳) Wú. There were over 450 family names in Beijing, but there were fewer than 300 family names in Guangdong and Fujian. Apparently the distribution of the statistics was significantly affected by the bias from the Taiwanese data.

Croatia

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  1. Babić
  2. Horvat
  3. Horvatinčić
  4. Perko
  5. Kovač
  6. Radić
  7. Bilić
  8. Banić (from old Croatian title Ban)
  9. Banović
  10. Ravlić
  11. Križanić
  12. Polančec
  13. Pavletić
  14. Tomčić
  15. Primorac
  16. Spinčić
  17. Zečić
  18. Jurić
  19. Jurčić
  20. Jurišić
  21. Kovačić
  22. Bogdanić
  23. Vlašić
  24. Vlahović
  25. Alagić
  26. Alapić
  27. Pogorelić
  28. Petrić
  29. Antić
  30. Jerković
  31. Juriša
  32. Klanac
  33. Vučetić
  34. Vukić
  35. Vukčić
  36. Vokić
  37. Pavičić
  38. Špoljarec
  39. Anić
  40. Aničić
  41. Franić
  42. Franjić
  43. Klanjec
  44. Matić
  45. Šimić
  46. Šimunović
  47. Šimatović
  48. Mesić
  49. Milić
  50. Miličić
  51. Mlakar
  52. Katić
  53. Katišić
  54. Katičić
  55. Jeričević
  56. Starčević
  57. Mikulanec
  58. Mikulan
  59. Ranogajec
  60. Ranogajac
  61. Lučić
  62. Lukić
  63. Luković
  64. Sorić
  65. Matanić
  66. Matančić
  67. Rudić
  68. Rudek
  69. Rudeković
  70. Balog
  71. Nazor
  72. Suton (means dusk)
  73. Sumrak (dusk)
  74. Osvit (usually name as well, means dawn)
  75. Leš (means corpse)
  76. Smrtić (˝smrt˝ menas death, thus Smrtić would mean son of death)
  77. Gajić
  78. Belostenec
  79. Šutalo
  80. Tlak (means pressure: atmospheric, blood pressure etc.)
  81. Arbutina (Latin, Arbut: small estate)
  82. Ivanić (From the name Ivan)
  83. Ivanović
  84. Ivančić
  85. Stipanić (Stipan means Stephen in Croatia; in Croatia the name Stjepan is common as well)
  86. Stipančić
  87. Stipić
  88. Stipanović
  89. Milošić
  90. Martić
  91. Dragišić
  92. Strugar
  93. Stupar
  94. Košar (Koš means a basket; Košar is a craftsman who makes baskets)
  95. Sedlar (Sedlo menans saddle; Sedlar is a craftsman who makes saddles)
  96. Pernar (Pero (also a short term of Peter in Croatia) means feather, a craftsman or any man that deals with feathers)
  97. Krznar (Krzno menas fur; Krznar is a craftsman or any man that deals with fur)
  98. Krizmanić (Krizma is one of seven church sacraments)
  99. Tudor
  100. Mijatović
  101. Farkaš
  102. Mučnjak
  103. Udovičić
  104. Tomas
  105. Turković
  106. Prpić
  107. Šantić
  108. Šakić
  109. Županić (Župan is an old Croatian title still in use)
  110. Župančić
  111. Sporic
  112. Sporicic

Most Croatian names end in "ić", but there are many that end in "ec", "ek" and "ac" .

Czech Republic

  1. Novák (70 504)
  2. Svoboda (52 088)
  3. Novotný (49 962)
  4. Dvořák (46 099)
  5. Černý (36 743)
  6. Procházka (33 274)
  7. Kučera (31 286)
  8. Veselý (26 481)
  9. Horák (25 174)
  10. Němec (22 795)
  11. Marek (22 548)
  12. Pokorný (22 203)
  13. Pospíšil (22 189)
  14. Hájek (21 276)
  15. Jelínek (20 733)
  16. Král (20 510)
  17. Růžička (19846)
  18. Beneš (19 600)
  19. Fiala (19 121)
  20. Sedláček (18 484)

Feminized names included (m. Novák - f. Nováková).
Source: Ministry of Interior (as of 2002).

Denmark

Most popular Danish family names (as of 2004) [3]

  1. Jensen 303089
  2. Nielsen 296850
  3. Hansen 248968
  4. Pedersen 186913
  5. Andersen 172894
  6. Christensen 133033
  7. Larsen 129662
  8. Sørensen 124175
  9. Rasmussen 104130
  10. Jørgensen 98354
  11. Petersen 92189
  12. Madsen 70176
  13. Kristensen 65074
  14. Olsen 54044
  15. Thomsen 40514
  16. Christiansen 40224
  17. Poulsen 34203
  18. Johansen 33120
  19. Knudsen 31977
  20. Mortensen 31252

The most popular Danish family names all end with "sen", meaning "son". That means, that for example "Jensen" is "son of Jens", "Poulsen" is "son of Poul". An example: if Hans Petersen's father was Peter Sørensen, Hans' father's name was Peter, and his grandfather's Søren. His son would then be (first name) Hansen. This method of naming children was widely used up to the middle of the 19th century. Sometimes it was also common to give to girls names such as "Jensdatter" or "Poulsdatter", meaning daughter of Jens, or daughter of Poul. These names are now seldom seen in Denmark, but still widely known and used in Iceland (where the ending is -dóttir).

Nowadays, the "sen" names have lost their meanings, because women bear them too.

Estonia

  • Saar
  • Tamm
  • Lepik
  • Sepp
  • Karu
  • Mäe
  • Mägi
  • Kukk
  • Kask

Finland

Source: Population Register Centre, 20 June 2005. Percentages are based on the population of Finland on 21 June 2005.

  1. Virtanen - 24,204 (0.461%)
  2. Korhonen - 23,721 (0.452%)
  3. Nieminen - 21,841 (0.416%)
  4. Mäkinen - 21,699 (0.414%)
  5. Mäkelä - 19,674 (0.375%)
  6. Hämäläinen - 19,518 (0.372%)
  7. Laine - 18,908 (0.360%)
  8. Koskinen - 18,058 (0.344%)
  9. Heikkinen - 17,939 (0.342%)
  10. Järvinen - 17,381 (0.331%)

Most of the names of this list refer to the living place of the first holder of the name. Virta and Koski refer the original holder has located nearby a river. Mäki = hill, Järvi = lake, Niemi = cape. Hämäläinen means an inhabitant of Häme (Tavastia county). Heikki is a common man's first name.

France

Source (2004) : [4]

  1. Martin - 235,846 (0.393%) - From Saint Martin, patron saint of France (from Martius, Latin for warrior)
  2. Bernard - 105,132 (0.175%) - From Saint Bernard, from Germanic for bold as a bear
  3. Dubois - 95,998 (0.159%) - "From the wood"
  4. Thomas - 95,387 (0.158%) - From Saint Thomas (Jesus' Disciple), from Hebrew for twin
  5. Robert - 91,393 (0.152%) - From Germanic for bright fame
  6. Richard - 90,689 (0.151§) - "hard rule"
  7. Petit - 88,318 (0.147%) - "Small" (size)
  8. Durand - 84,252 (0.140%) - From Durandus (Latin for strong, lasting)
  9. Leroy - 78,868 (0.131%) - "The King/The winner"
  10. Moreau - 78,177 (0.130) - Dark complexion (like Maures)
  11. Simon - 76,655 (0.127%) - From Saint Simon, from Hebrew for Yehova heard
  12. Laurent - 75,307 (0.125%) - From Saint Laurent, from Latin laurens, Laurel-crowned
  13. Lefebvre - 74,564 (0.124%) - "The smith"
  14. Michel - 74,318 (0.123%) - From Saint Michel, from Hebrew for Who is like God
  15. Garcia - 68,720 (0.114%) - Spanish surname meaning grace
  16. David - 61,762 (0.103%) - From King David, from Hebrew for Beloved
  17. Bertrand - 59,817 (0.100%) From Germanic for bright and vigorous
  18. Roux - 59,440 (0.099%) - "Red-haired"
  19. Vincent - 57,351 (0.096%) - From Saint Vincent, from Latin vicens, winner
  20. Fournier - 57,047 (0.095%) - "Baker"
  21. Morel - 56,760 (0.095%) - Dark complexion (like Maures)
  22. Girard - 55,642 (0.093%) - From Germanic for bold as a spear
  23. André - 55,228 (0.092%) - From Saint André, from Greek for manly
  24. Lefèvre - 53670 (0.089%) - "The smith"
  25. Mercier - 53622 (0.089%) - "Trader/Shopkeeper"

Germany

data from 1995
  1. Müller (0.95%)(Miller)
  2. Schmidt (0.69%) (Smith, blacksmith)
  3. Schneider (0.40%) (Taylor)
  4. Fischer (0.35%) (Fisher)
  5. Meyer (0.33%) (from Latin "major", the bigger one, referring to the name-giver's status)
  6. Weber (0.30%) (Weaver)
  7. Schulz (0.27%) (regionally for mayor)
  8. Wagner (0.27%) (builder of wagons and carriages)
  9. Becker (0.27%) (Baker)
  10. Hoffmann (0.26%) (owning a farm)
  11. Huber (0.18%) (owning a farm of a certain size called Hube)
  12. Klein (Small, Short)

Most of the names of this list refer to the occupation of the first holder of the name.

Greece

  1. Papadopoulos (means son of the priest)
  2. Brakus (latinized version of Greek Brakys, meaning short)

Hungary

  1. Nagy (244663; big, cf. Gross, Legrand, Moore)
  2. Kovács (228274; smith, cf. Schmidt, Smith)
  3. Tóth (223291; Slovak/Slav)
  4. Szabó (217066; tailor, cf. Schneider, Couturier, Taylor)
  5. Horváth (Horvát) (201524; Croatian)
  6. Kiss (Kis) (139919; small, cf. Klein, Lepetit, Little)
  7. Varga (137398; shoemaker, cf. Schumacher, person working with leather)
  8. Molnár (112878; miller, cf. Müller, Miller)
  9. Németh (Német) (97715; German, cf. Deutsch, Lallemand)
  10. Farkas (83755; <given name, meaning "wolf">, cf. Wolf)
  11. Balogh (79653; left-handed, unskillful)
  12. Papp (56235; priest)
  13. Takács (55180; weaver, cloth-maker, cf. Weber, Weaver)
  14. Juhász (54267; shepherd, cf. Schäfer, Shepherd)
  15. Mészáros (42738; butcher, cf. Fleischer, Fleschmann, Boucher, Butcher)
  16. Lakatos (41005; locksmith)
  17. Simon (39881; <given name>)
  18. Oláh (37147; Vlach, Romanian)
  19. Fekete (34755; black, cf. Schwarz, Lenoir, Black)
  20. Rácz (34518; Serbian)
  21. Szilágyi (32628; from Szilágy county)
  22. Fehér (27262; white, cf. Weiss, Leblanc, White)
  23. Gál (Gaál) (26557; <given name>)
  24. Balázs (26158; <given name>)

Notes:

  • The above is official data of the Central Personal Data Processing Office at Hungary's Ministry of Interior in 1998 [5] via [6].
  • Beside the names, the number of their owners and their meaning is given. (Note that Hungarian surnames often show archaic spelling and occasionally employ obsolete words, especially for nationalities like tót or rác.)
  • In Hungary, the surname is placed first (see Eastern order).
  1. Novak Another common Hungarian surname - not verified.
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  • Aggarwal
  • Amin
  • Bhati
  • Chauhan
  • Desai
  • Dutt
  • Gupta
  • Iyer
  • Jain
  • Joshi
  • Kulkarni
  • Kumar
  • Khatri
  • Laghari
  • Manghirmalani
  • Mukherjee
  • Nair
  • Pandit
  • Patel
  • Rao
  • Reddy
  • Sawhney
  • Saigal
  • Shah
  • Sharma
  • Singh
  • Tiwari
  • Tyagi
  • Aggrawal
  • agarwal
  • bains
  • kaith
  • kanth
  • Verma
  • Varma
  • Sarma
  • Baag
  • Gill
  • Ahuja
  • Bachan
  • Sehgal
  • Lyer
  • Shroff
  • Shetty
  • Setty
  • Arora
  • Mehra
  • Sekhon
  • Grover
  • Boparai
  • Walia
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Ireland

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top 20.
  1. Murphy
  2. Kelly
  3. O'Sullivan
  4. Walsh
  5. Smith
  6. O'Brien
  7. Byrne
  8. Ryan
  9. O'Connor
  10. O'Neill
  11. O'Reilly
  12. Doyle
  13. McCarthy
  14. Gallagher
  15. O'Doherty
  16. Kennedy
  17. Lynch
  18. Murray
  19. Quinn
  20. Moore

Names starting with O' are patronymic.

Israel

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  1. Cohen (כהן)
  2. Levi (לוי) (sometimes spelled Levy)
  3. Beth'-el: the name means House of God. Jacob, after he wrestled with an angel, changed the name of the place Luz to Bethel because "God is in this place." See Genesis 35:15
The name Cohen belongs to the members of the ancient family of priests (Kohanim, descendants of Aaron). The name Levi belongs to the members of the family of Levites, descendants of Levi.

Italy

Source: [7]

  1. Rossi - Red (hair, complexion; common in North and Central Italy)
  2. Russo - same as the above, but with the stem vowel changed according to the rules of southern Italian metaphony
  3. Ferrari - Smith (common in North Italy)
  4. Esposito - Exposed (abandoned child; common in South Italy)
  5. Bianchi - White (complexion, hair, house; common in North Italy))
  6. Romano - Italian for Roman (common in South Italy)
  7. Colombo - Italian for dove and also abandoned child (common in North Italy)
  8. Ricci - Curly (common in South Italy)
  9. Marino - Marine (near the sea; common in South Italy)
  10. Greco - Greek (common in South Italy)
  11. Bruno - Brown (hair, complexion; common in South Italy)
  12. Gallo - Gaul or chicken (common in North and Central Italy)
  13. Conti - Count (nobleman; common in North and Central Italy)
  14. De Luca - From/of Luke (common in South Italy)
  15. Costa - Coast (near the sea or from a place named Costa; common in North and Central Italy)
  16. Giordano - Jordan (surname; common in the whole country)
  17. Mancini - Lefthanded (common in Central Italy)
  18. Rizzo - Curly (hair; common in South Italy)
  19. Lombardi - From Lombardy (common in the whole country)
  20. Moretti - From the latin surname Morus (common in North and Central Italy)
  21. Manunta - From Sardinia (also spread in Lazio and Piedmont)

Japan

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Main article: Japanese name

The most common names from Tokyo northwards are Sato and Suzuki; the most common names from Kyoto and Osaka southwards are Yamamoto and Tanaka. (A list of the most common family names in all of Japan is at http://www.japanese-name-translation.com/site/top500_Japanese_family_names.xls)

The most common names in Tokyo are:

  1. (佐藤) Satō
  2. (鈴木) Suzuki
  3. (高橋) Takahashi
  4. (田中) Tanaka
  5. (渡辺) Watanabe
  6. (伊藤) Itō
  7. (山本) Yamamoto
  8. (中村) Nakamura
  9. (小林) Kobayashi
  10. (斎藤) Saitō
  11. (加藤) Katō
  12. (吉田) Yoshida
  13. (山田) Yamada
  14. (佐々木) Sasaki
  15. (山口) Yamaguchi
  16. (松本) Matsumoto
  17. (井上) Inoue
  18. (木村) Kimura
  19. (林) Hayashi
  20. (清水) Shimizu
  21. (青木) Aoki

Korea

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Main article: List of Korean family names

  1. 김 (金; Kim, Gim)
  2. 이 (李; Lee, Yi, I)
  3. 박 (朴; Park, Pak, Bak)
  4. 최 (崔; Choi, Choe)
  5. 정 (鄭; Jung, Chung, Jeong)
  6. 강 (姜; Gang, Kang)
  7. 조 (趙 or 曹; Cho, Jo)
  8. 윤 (尹; Yoon, Yun)
  9. 장 (張; Jang, Chang)
  10. 임 (林; Lim, Im)
  11. 한 (韓; Han)
  12. 신 (申; Shin, Sin)
  13. 서 (徐; Suh, Seo)
  14. 권 (權; Kwon, Gwon)
  15. 손 (孫; Son)
  16. 황 (黃; Whang, Hwang)
  17. 송 (宋; Song)
  18. 안 (安; Ahn, An)
  19. 유 (柳 or 劉; Yoo, Yu)
  20. 홍 (洪; Hong)

Korean surnames have a variety of ways of being romanized.

Latvia

  1. Bērziņš (Berzinsh)
  2. Kalniņš (Kalninsh)
  3. Ozoliņš (Ozolinsh)
  4. Jansons (Jansons)
  5. Ozols (Ozols)
  6. Liepiņš (Liepinsh)
  7. Krūmiņš (Kruminsh)
  8. Balodis (Balodis)
  9. Eglītis (Eglitis)
  10. Zariņš (Zarinsh)
  11. Pētersons (Petersons)
  12. Vītols (Vitols)
  13. Kļaviņš (Klavinsh)
  14. Kārkliņš (Karklinsh)
  15. Vanags (Vanags)
  16. Zelmenis (Vanags)

First three literally translated - the diminutive forms of birch, hill and oak. Source - the Latvian Institute

Lithuania

For men For single women For married women
Kazlauskas Kazlauskaitė Kazlauskienė
Stankevičius Stankevičiūtė Stankevičienė
Jankauskas Jankauskaitė Jankauskienė
Petrauskas Petrauskaitė Petrauskienė
Vasiliauskas Vasiliauskaitė Vasiiliauskienė
Žukauskas Žukauskaitė Žukauskienė
Paulauskas Paulauskaitė Paulauskienė
Butkus Butkutė Butkienė

Note: Lithuanian language has different endings for surnames for men and women. The ending of a woman's surname indicates whether she is married or not. Last names of married women end in -ienė while those of unmarried girls end in -ytė, -iūtė, -utė, -aitė.

Source: The Interesting Statistics, Department of Statistics to the Government of the Republic of Lithuania (Statistics Lithuania), 2005.

Malta

Sources : [8] [9]

  1. Borg (11,868) - From the Sicilian city of Burgi or from Sant'Ambrogio
  2. Camilleri (10,771) - Son of Camillus, second founder of Rome after the Gauls invasion (367 BC) or from 'cammelo' Italian for camel(animal)
  3. Vella (10,318) - From 'bella' Italian for beautiful or from 'vela' Italian sails
  4. Farrugia (9,778) - From 'farrug' Arabic for turkey (animal)
  5. Zammit (8,382) - Maybe from a Hebrew word meaning peaceful
  6. Galea (7,442) - galley (ship)
  7. Micallef (7,166) - Maybe from the name Mikali (Michael) or from 'mħallef', the Maltese word for judge (profession)
  8. Grech (6,740) - From 'Graecus' Latin for Greek
  9. Attard (6,453) - From 'attar' Arabic for pharmacist/physician
  10. Spiteri (6,391) - Alteration of 'Hospitalieri', used for abandoned children (near the Knights' Hospital)
  11. Cassar (5,985) - Maybe meaning castle keeper (Latin origin) or barber (Arabic origin)
  12. Azzopardi (5,905) - Derived from 'A Safardi', meaning 'A Jew coming from Spain'
  13. Mifsud (5,707) - Jewish surname
  14. Caruana (5,577) - From Kairouan in Tunisia, a name which in turn is derived from the Persian word Kârawân Etymology of 'caravan'
  15. Muscat (5,288) - From Muscat in Oman or from Muscat grape
  16. Agius (4,944) - Maybe from Greek Holy or maybe from Maltese old man or maybe referring to a pilgrim to Mecca
  17. Schembri (4,226) - Greek surname
  18. Abela (4,117) -
  19. Fenech (4,111) - Maybe from 'fenek' Maltese for rabbit or from 'Fenici' meaning Phoenicians
  20. Pace (4,017) - From 'pace' Italian for peace

Mexico

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Martinez Gonzalez Rodriguez Cruz

  1. Hernández (8.50%)
  2. García (8.14%)
  3. Martínez (7.14%)
  4. González (7.09%)
  5. López (7.06%)

Source: GARCÍA, Miriam Para regios...los Martínez Periódico El Norte 18 de marzo de 2003.

The Netherlands

The most recent complete count of surnames in the Netherlands is based on the 1947 census. Although this data is now dated, the relative positions of these surnames will probably not have changed much.

Name Number of people
1 De Jong 55,256
2 De Vries 49,298
3 Jansen 49,213
4 Van den Berg, Van der Berg, Van de Berg 37,678
5 Bakker 37,483
6 Van Dijk 36,578
7 Visser 34,721
8 Janssen 32,824
9 Smit 29,783
10 Meijer, Meyer 28,256
Date

May 31, 1947

Source

Nederlands Repertorium van Familienamen, Meertens-Instituut, 1963-1988. Data can be viewed in the Database of Surnames in the Netherlands

Norway

  1. Hansen (meaning son of Hans (Hans' son)) (1.31%)
  2. Olsen (1.21%)
  3. Johansen (1.21%)
  4. Larsen (0.90%)
  5. Andersen (0.88%)
  6. Nilsen (0.83%)
  7. Pedersen (0.82%)
  8. Kristiansen (0.55%)
  9. Jensen (0.54%)
  10. Karlsen (0.50%)
  11. Johnsen (0.48%)
  12. Pettersen (0.47%)
  13. Eriksen (0.44%)
  14. Berg (meaning hill or mount) (0.41%)
  15. Haugen (meaning hill) (0.32%)
  16. Hagen (meaning garden [usually derived from names of homesteads)] (0.32%)
  17. Johannessen (0.31%)
  18. Andreassen (0.28%)
  19. Jacobsen (0.27%)
  20. Halvorsen (0.27%)

Names ending in sen are originally patronymic.
Source: Statistics Norway: Name statistics

Pakistan

  • Zugaj - Polish wioskija Ugaje
  • Afridi - Pashtoon surname
  • Agha - Persian surname
  • Alvi - Arabic surname
  • Awan - Punjabi surname
  • Baloch - Balochi surname
  • Baqri - Arabic surname
  • Bhatti - Punjabi surname
  • Bilgrami - Indian surname
  • Bughti - Balochi surname
  • Butt - Punjabi surname
  • Chaudhri - Punjabi surname
  • Edhi - Indian surname
  • Farooqi - Arabic surname
  • Jaffri - Arabic surname
  • Kalpar - Balochi surname
  • Khan - Pashtoon surname
  • Moosvi - Arabic surname
  • Kazmi - Arabic surname
  • Laghari - Balochi surname (the largest tribe in Pakistan)
  • Mangel - Balochi surname
  • Mari - Balochi surname
  • Masori - Balochi surname
  • Mir - Persian surname
  • Mirza - Persian surname
  • Memon - Indian surname
  • Naqvi - Arabic surname
  • Niazi - Pashtoon surname
  • Panjwani - Persian surname
  • Pirvani - Persian surname
  • Qadri - Persian surname
  • Qasoori - Punjabi surname
  • Rajput - Punjabi surname
  • Rao - Punjabi surname
  • Rehmani - Persian surname
  • Rizvi - Arabic surname
  • Saigal - Indian surname
  • Shah - Punjabi surname
  • Sheikh - Arabic surname
  • Siddiqui - Arabic surname
  • Singh - Punjabi surname
  • Soomro - Sindhi surname
  • Taqvi - Arabic surname
  • Usmani - Arabic surname
  • Wasti - Arabic surname
  • Zaidi - Arabic surname
  • Zugi - Punjabi surname

Poland

See also: Polish surnames

  1. Nowak (203,506; from nowy "new")
  2. Kowalski (139,719; from kowal "smith")
  3. Wiśniewski (109,855; from wiśnia "cherry")
  4. Wójcik (99,509; from wójt, a noun describing chief officer of a group of a villages)
  5. Kowalczyk (97,796, from kowalek "smithy")
  6. Kamiński (94,499; from kamień "stone")
  7. Lewandowski (92,449; from lewantyna "Levantine")
  8. Zieliński (91,043; from zielony "green")
  9. Szymański (89,091; from Szymon, equivalent to Simon)
  10. Woźniak (88,039; from woźny, "apparitor")
  11. Dąbrowski (86,132; from dąb "oak tree")
  12. Kozłowski (75,962; from kozioł "goat")
  13. Jankowski (68,514; from Janek, equivalent to John)
  14. Nowaczek (66,773; from diminutive of nowy "new")
  15. Wojciechowski (66,361; from the name Wojciech)
  16. Kwiatkowski (66,017; from kwiat "flower")
  17. Krawczyk (64,048; from diminutive of "tailor")
  18. Kaczmarek (61,816; from composition of kacz "duck" and the name Marek)
  19. Piotrowski (61,380; from Piotr, equivalent to Peter)
  20. Bagiński (60,492; from baginiak "master")
  21. Grabowski (58,393; from grab "hornbeam")
Source: Zawadzki J.M, 2002, 1000 Najpopularniejszych nazwisk w Polsce [1000 of the most popular names in Poland], Warsaw: Świat Książki

Portugal

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  • Aboim - name of a village in northern Portugal
  • Abreu - name of an ancient feudal land in northern Portugal
  • Aguiar, Aguilar - name of a ancient feudal land in northern Portugal, taken from águia (eagle)
  • Albuquerque - name of a ancient Portuguese town (now in Spain)
  • Almada - name of a Portuguese town
  • Almeida - name of a Portuguese town
  • Álvares - son of Álvaro
  • Amaral - name of an ancient feudal land in central Portugal
  • Andrade - name of several localities in Portugal and Galicia
  • Antunes - son of Antão/António (Antony)
  • Arca - name of a village in southern Portugal
  • Ataíde - name of a village and feudal land in northern Portugal
  • Azevedo - name of a feudal land in northern Portugal
  • Barreto -
  • Betencourt, Bitencourt, Bethancourt - surname of French origin, taken from Bettencourt
  • Borges
  • Branco - white
  • Braga - name of a Portuguese city
  • Brito - name of a parish in northern Portugal
  • Cabral - goat herd
  • Câmara - chamber
  • Carvalho - oak
  • Castelo Branco, Castel-Branco - name of a Portuguese city (literally white castle)
  • Castro - castle
  • Cavalcante, Cavalcanti - surname of Italian origin
  • Cerveira - name of a Portuguese town (Vila Nova de Cerveira), taken from cerva (hart)
  • Chaves - name of a Portuguese city
  • Coelho - rabbit
  • Corrêa, Correia - leather strap
  • Corte-Real - royal court
  • Costa, da Costa - coast, from the coast
  • Coutinho - diminutive of Couto
  • Couto - feudal land or game reservation
  • Cunha - wedge
  • Dias - son of Diogo (Diego)
  • Domingues - son of Domingo
  • Eça
  • Esteves - son of Estevão (Steven)
  • Faria - name of a parish in northern Portugal
  • Fernandes - son of Fernão/ Fernando (Ferdinand)
  • Ferreira - blacksmith woman
  • Figueira - fig tree
  • Gama - female hart
  • Goios
  • Gois - name of a Portuguese town
  • Gomes - son of Gome
  • Gonçalves - son of Gonçalo
  • Gouveia - name of a Portuguese town
  • Henriques - son of Henrique (Henry)
  • Lemos -
  • Lima - name of a Portuguese river and of a town (Ponte de Lima)
  • Lobato - young wolf
  • Lobo - wolf
  • Lopes - son of Lopo
  • Malafaia
  • Manuel - proper name
  • Marques - son of Marco/Marcos
  • Martins - son of Martinho (Martin)
  • Mascarenhas - name of a village in northern Portugal
  • Mata, da Mata - wood, from the wood
  • Medeiros
  • Meira - name of a Galician town
  • Melo - simplification of melro (blackbird)
  • Mendes - son of Mendo
  • Mendonça - surname of Basque origin, taken from the city of Mendoza
  • Menezes, Meneses
  • Miranda - name of several localities in Portugal
  • Moniz - son of Moninho
  • Moreira - name of a village in northern Portugal
  • Moura - name of a Portuguese town
  • Mota - surname of French origin, taken from Motte (mount)
  • Neves, das Neves - the snows, from the snows
  • Nogueira - walnut
  • Noronha
  • Nunes - son of Nuno
  • Oliveira - olive tree
  • Pacheco
  • Pessanha - surname of Italian origin, taken from Pezagno
  • Pinto - young rooster
  • Pires,Peres - son of Pêro/ Pedro (Peter)
  • Pereira, Pereiro - pear tree
  • Reis, dos Reis - kings, from the kings
  • Rego - small river
  • Ribeiro - small river
  • Rocha, da Rocha - rock, from the Rock
  • Rodrigues - son of Rodrigo (Roderic)
  • Sampaio - name of an ancient feudal land in northern Portugal
  • Sanches - son of Sancho
  • Santos, dos Santos - saints, from the saints
  • Silva, da Silva - jungle, from the jungle
  • Sequeira, Siqueira
  • Serpa - name of a Portuguese town
  • Soares - son of Sueiro
  • Sotomaior, Sotomayor
  • Sousa - name of an ancient feudal land in northern Portugal
  • Tavares - name of an ancient feudal land in central Portugal
  • Távora - name of a Portuguese smal river
  • Teixeira - name of a village in northern Portugal
  • Valente - valiant, brave
  • Vasconcelos - name of an ancient feudal land in northern Portugal
  • Vasques - Son of Vasco
  • Vieira - shell

Family names ending in -es are typically, bur not always patronymic. Surnames that are also names of trees, like Pereira or Oliveira were massively adopted by Jewish converts during the Portuguese Inquisition. Though many Portuguese people with such names can claim Jewish ancestry, the surname is not a proof per se.

For an exaustive listing of Portuguese family names see this genealogical site

Romania

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  1. Popa (191,938 persons; Slavic, "pop" - "priest")
  2. Popescu (147,784 persons; "Son of the Priest", Slavic root "pop" - "priest")
  3. Badziewiak (jaba Daba, "gutos" - "swiat szmat")
  4. Ionescu ("Son of John")
  5. Şerban
  6. Matei ("Matthew")
  7. Stoica
  8. Gheorghe ("George")
  9. Constantin ("Constantine")
  10. Stan ("Stan")
  11. Dumitrescu ("Son of Demetrius")
  12. Mihai ("Michael")
  13. Ioniţă ("Johnny")
  14. Dumitru ("Demetrius")
  15. Dinu ("Constantine")
  16. Tudor ("Theodor")
  17. Dobre (Slavic root "dobro" - "good")
  18. Barbu ("Bearded one")
  19. Ştefan ("Stephan")
  20. Florea ("Flower")
  21. Ene (variation of "Ion" - John)
  22. Vasile ("Basil")
  23. Marin ("Marinus")
  24. Ghiţă ("Georgie")
  25. Georgescu ("Son of George")

Russia

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Per Boris Unbegaun of the Oxford University:

  1. Иванов (Ivanov) - "son of John"
  2. Васильев (Vasilyev) - "son of Basil"
  3. Петров (Petrov) - "son of Peter"
  4. Смирнов (Smirnov) - "son of a quiet man"
  5. Михайлов (Mikhailov) - "son of Michael"
  6. Федоров (Fyodorov) - "son of Theodor"
  7. Соколов (Sokolov) - "son of a falcon"
  8. Яковлев (Yakovlev) - "son of Jacob"
  9. Попов (Popov) - "son of a pop (Orthodox priest)"
  10. Андреев (Andreyev) - "son of Andrew"

Note that in Russian, women's surnames must have an "a" attached to the end.

Serbia

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  • Petrović (Петровић)
  • Jovanović (Јовановић)
  • Marković (Марковић)
  • Knežević (Кнежевић)
  • Popović (Поповић)
  • Nikolić (Николић)
  • Vuković (Вуковић)
  • Živković (Живковић)
  • Đorđević (Ђорђевић)
  • Lukić (Лукић)
  • Marić (Марић)
  • Janković (Јанковић)
  • Milovanović (Миловановић)
  • Ilić (Илић)
  • Obradović (Обрадовић)
  • Aleksić (Алексић)
  • Gavrilović (Гавриловић)
  • Davidović (Давидовић)
  • Đurović (урови)
  • Despot (Ђовићић)
  • Stevanović (Стевановић)
  • Stefanović (Стефановић)
  • Radović (Радовић)
  • Stojanović (Стојановић)
  • Jelić (Јелић)
  • Božović (Божовић)

Spain

Source: [10] - Data from December 1999.
  1. García - 1,378,000 people (3.48%) (Of Iberian origin, meaning Grace)
  2. Fernández - 851,000 (2.15%) (Son of Fernando)
  3. González - 839,000 (2.12%) (Son of Gonzalo)
  4. Rodríguez - 804,000 (2.03%) (Son of Rodrigo)
  5. López - 796,000 (2.01%) (Son of Lope)
  6. Martínez - 788,000 (1.97%) (Son of Martin)
  7. Sánchez - 725,000 (1.83%) (Son of Sancho)
  8. Pérez - 709,000 (1.79%) (Son of Peter)
  9. Martín - 459,000 (1.16%) (Martin)
  10. Gómez - 440,000 (1.11%) (Son of Gome)
  11. Ruiz - 321,000 (0.81%) (Son of Rui)
  12. Hernández - 305,000 (0.77%) (Son of Hernando, Fernando)
  13. Jiménez - 293,000 (0.74%) (Son of Jimeno)
  14. Díaz - 293,000 (0.74%) (Son of Jacob)
  15. Álvarez - 273,000 (0.69%) (Son of Alvaro)
  16. Moreno - 261,000 (0.66%) (Brown-haired, tanned)
  17. Muñoz - 241,000 (0.61%) (Son of Muño)
  18. Alonso - 206,000 (0.52%) (Son of Alfonso)
  19. Gutiérrez - 170,000 (0.43%) (Son of Walter, from Germanic Walthari meaning king)
  20. Romero - 170,000 (0.43%) (Rosemary)
  21. Navarro - 158,400 (0.40%) (Navarrese, from Navarra)
  22. Torres - 134,600 (0.34%) (Towers)
  23. Domínguez - 134,600 (0.34%) (Son of Domingos)
  24. Gil - 134,600 (0.34%) (Patronimic; from older form Hermenegildo)
  25. Vázquez - 130,000 (0.33%) (Son of Velasco)
  26. Serrano - 122,700 (0.31%) (Mountain Dweller)
  27. Ramos - 118,000 (0.30%) (Branches)
  28. Blanco - 118,000 (0.30%) (White)
  29. Sanz - 106,900 (0.27%) (Saxon)
  30. Castro - 102,900 (0.26%) (Castle, hamlet, castro)
  31. Suárez - 102,900 (0.26%) (Son of Suero)
  32. Ortega - 99,000 (0.25%) (A type of bird)
  33. Rubio - 99,000 (0.25%) (Blonde)
  34. Molina - 99,000 (0.25%) (Mill)
  35. Delgado - 95,000 (0.24%) (Thin)
  36. Ramírez - 95,000 (0.24%) (Son of Ramiro)
  37. Morales - 95,000 (0.24%) (Morals)
  38. Ortiz - 87,120 (0.22%) (Son of Ortún; ultimately from Latin Fortunatus, meaning fortunate one)
  39. Marín - 83,160 (0.21%) (Seaman)
  40. Iglesias - 83,160 (0.21%) (Churches)

Family names ending in -ez are typically patronymic

Singapore

Popular Chinese surnames - based on a paper published by Statistics Singapore, 2000

  1. Tan 陈 (陳)
  2. Lim 林
  3. Lee 李
  4. Ng 吳
  5. Ong 王
  6. Wong 黃
  7. Goh 吳
  8. Chua 蔡
  9. Chan 陈 (陳)
  10. Koh 许 (許)
  11. Teo 张 (張)
  12. Ang 洪
  13. Yeo 杨 (楊)
  14. Tay 郑 (鄭)
  15. Ho 何
  16. Low 刘 (劉)
  17. Toh 桌
  18. Sim 沈
  19. Chong 张 (張)
  20. Chia 谢(謝)

Slovenia

  • Novak
  • Horvat
  • Krajnc
  • Kovačič
  • Zupančič
  • Kovač
  • Potočnik
  • Mlakar
  • Vidmar
  • Golob

Somalia

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List of the top Somalian names.

  • Abdikarím (Gods chosen one)
  • Shire (Delegator)
  • Gullét (Victorious)
  • Ibráhim (Form of Abraham)
  • Dalmar (Desert dweller)
  • Sharmáke (Peacefull)
  • Suléman (form of solomon)
  • Rahim (mercy)
  • Farhan (Very Happy)
  • Feisal,Féysal
  • Ellyas
  • Sonári
  • Gallárdi
  • Kadér
  • Zakaria
  • Adam
  • Mahad
  • Said
  • Maslah
  • Bille
  • Sadiq
  • Dáhir
  • Warsamé
  • Jamać
  • Fárah
  • Gallât
  • Koshin
  • Khalif
  • Ćawil
  • Nassér
  • Samatar
  • Jimále
  • Ćigál
  • Ćisman
  • Gadíd
  • Libán
  • Mahamud
  • Osman
  • Imrân
  • Abdálle
  • Yusuf
  • Yasín
  • Khalid
  • Ismaél
  • Salém
  • Sabriye
  • Haláne
  • Mahdi
  • Sharíf
  • Shirwać
  • Jibríl
  • Yónis
  • Sálax
  • Róblé
  • Hanad
  • Adnán
  • Daúd
  • LuQman

Sri Lanka

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  • Corea
  • De Silva
  • De Soysa
  • Fernando
  • Gunawardena
  • Jayasuriya
  • Liyanage
  • Perera
  • Ranatunga

Sweden

official statistics
  • Johansson (3.3%)
  • Andersson (3.2%)
  • Karlsson (2.5%)
  • Nilsson (2.2%)
  • Eriksson (1.7%)
  • Larsson (1.6%)
  • Olsson (1.4%)
  • Persson (1.4%)
  • Svensson (1.3%)
  • Gustafsson (0.90%)
  • Pettersson (0.83%)
  • Jonsson (0.72%)
  • Jansson (0.63%)
  • Hanson (0.54%)
  • Bengtsson (0.42%)
  • Jönsson (0.42%)
  • Petersson (0.37%)
  • Carlsson (0.34%)
  • Gustavsson (0.32%)
  • Magnusson (0.32%)
  • Lindberg (0.31%)
  • Olofsson (0.30%)

The most common names in Sweden are originally patronymic, which means that the son of e.g. Karl received the surname Karlsson (Karl's son). The daughter received the name Karlsdotter (Karl's daughter). Since the 19th century these names are inherited exactly as in e.g. USA or the United Kingdom and women also receive "son-names". Compare this with the "mac-names" in Scotland. Even though these "son-names" are the most common names in Sweden, a majority of the Swedes have other family names consisting of two random items from nature, for example Lindberg (linden/lime mountain), Bergkvist (mountain twig), Alström/Ahlström (alder stream). A very good example of the randomness of these nature-names is the surname Dalberg, meaning literally, "valley mountain". Other names like Sjöman (Seaman) and Nyman (Newman) contain professions and adjectives. Because of the greater diversity of these names each specific name is less common than most "son-names". Given the large quantity of citizens of foreign heritage it is a matter of time before their surnames will be present high up in the official statistics, especially when grouped together instead of listed as separate surnames because of slightly different spelling or omitted umlauts etc. Persons with ancestors of noble origin in Sweden often, but not always, have surnames referring to their coat of arms or non-Swedish names.

United Kingdom

England, Wales and Isle of Man

The following list is for England, Wales, and the Isle of Man, and is based on a survey of the National Health Service Central Register[11].

  1. Smith (1.15%)
  2. Jones (0.94%)
  3. Williams (0.66%)
  4. Taylor (0.53%)
  5. Brown (0.51%)
  6. Davies (0.48%)
  7. Evans (0.39%)
  8. Wilson (0.35%)
  9. Thomas (0.35%)
  10. Johnson (0.34%)
  11. Roberts (0.33%)
  12. Robinson (0.29%)
  13. Thompson (0.28%)
  14. Wright (0.28%)
  15. Walker (0.27%)
  16. White (0.27%)
  17. Edwards (0.27%)
  18. Hughes (0.26%)
  19. Green (0.25%)
  20. Hall (0.25%)
  21. Lewis (0.25%)
  22. Harris (0.25%)
  23. Clarke (0.24%)
  24. Patel (0.24%)
  25. Jackson (0.24%)

Scotland

From [12], which also gives frequencies, provides a list of the top 100 and some regional variations.

  1. Smith
  2. Brown
  3. Wilson
  4. Campbell
  5. Stewart
  6. Thomson
  7. Robertson
  8. Anderson
  9. Macdonald
  10. Scott
  11. Reid
  12. Murray
  13. Taylor
  14. Clark
  15. Ross
  16. Watson
  17. Morrison
  18. Paterson
  19. Young
  20. Mitchell

Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA)[13] has released a list of the top three most common surnames. The list is expected to be expanded in January 2007.

  1. Kelly
  2. Campbell
  3. Wilson

United States

According to 1990 U.S. Census data, the top twenty surnames in the U.S. (with percentage of population) are:

  1. Smith (1.006%)
  2. Johnson (0.810%)
  3. Williams (0.699%)
  4. Jones (0.621%)
  5. Brown (0.621%)
  6. Davis (0.580%)
  7. Miller (0.424%)
  8. Wilson (0.339%)
  9. Moore (0.312%)
  10. Taylor (0.311%)
  11. Anderson (0.311%)
  12. Thomas (0.311%)
  13. Jackson (0.310%)
  14. White (0.279%)
  15. Harris (0.275%)
  16. Martin (0.273%)
  17. Thompson (0.269%)
  18. Garcia (0.254%)
  19. Martinez (0.234%)
  20. Robinson (0.233%)
The distribution reflects the history of immigration into the country. Many immigrants from non-English-speaking countries Anglicized their names. Good examples of this are the popular Swedish name Johansson which was frequently changed to Johnson, and the German Müller which became Miller. Some very common Swedish names were so similar that only a minor change of spelling was necessary, such as Andersson and Jonsson, which is why these names are much more common in the U.S. than in the United Kingdom. Slavery also had an effect; names such as Jackson, Harris, Davis, Brown, and Jones are common among African Americans, since slaves tended to be given their owners' surnames.

ajax name search of the SSDI http://surnamecheck.com

Vietnam

See Vietnamese name
Name Percentage of population
1 Nguyễn 38.4%
2 Trần 11%
3 9.5%
4 Huỳnh (Hoàng) 5.1%
5 Phạm 5%
6 Phan 4.5%
7 Vũ (Võ) 3.9%
8 Đặng 2.1%
9 Bùi 2%
10 Đỗ 1.4%
11 Hồ 1.3%
12 Ngô 1.3%
13 Dương 1%
Source

Họ Và Tên Người Việt Nam ("Vietnamese Family and Personal Names"), compiled by Professor Le Trung Hoa, Social Sciences Publishing House (2005) [14]

See also

  • Most popular given names
  • Family name affixes
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