The Most Common Last Name In Every Country

The last name is the part of a personal name that indicates a person’s family. All members of a family usually have identical surnames, or there may be differences based on the cultural rules.

By origin, all last names can be classified into 4 broad groups: given name (patronymics), occupational name, local name (toponymic), and nickname.

Online lending firm NetCredit published a map of the most common surnames in every country.

The Most Common Last Name In Every Country
NetCredit; Data: Oxford University and Ancestry.com

According to forebears.io globally, the most popular last names in the world are:

  1. Wang -76 million
  2. Devi – 69 million
  3. Zhang – 68 million
  4. Li – 57 million
  5. Liu – 52 million
  6. Singh – 37 million
  7. Yang – 32million
  8. Kumar – 32million
  9. Wu – 28 million
  10. Xu – 26million.

It is not unexpected to see that the most popular last names are both Chinese or Indian since they are the two most populated nations on our planet.

In the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and many other English-speaking countries, the most popular last name is Smith.

Top 10 the most common last names in the United States

  1. Smith – 3,0 million
  2. Johnson – 2,3 million
  3. Williams – 1,9 million
  4. Brown – 1,i million
  5. Jones – 1,7 million
  6. Miller – 1,4 million
  7. Davis – 1,4 million
  8. Wilson – 1,0 million
  9. Anderson – 1,010,536
  10. Taylor – 925,876

Top 10 the most common last names in Canada

  1. Smith – 192 thousand
  2. Brown – 109 thousand
  3. Tremblay – 107 thousand
  4. Martin – 92 thousand
  5. Roy – 90 thousand
  6. Gagnon – 85 thousand
  7. Lee – 83 thousand
  8. Wilson 83 thousand
  9. Johnson – 79 thousand
  10. MacDonald – 79 thousand

Top 10 the most common last names in the United Kingdom

  1. Smith – 633 thousand
  2. Jones – 380 thousand
  3. Taylor – 293 thousand
  4. Brown – 284 thousand
  5. Williams – 272 thousand
  6. Wilson – 196 thousand
  7. Johnson – 191 thousand
  8. Davies – 176 thousand
  9. Patel – 167 thousand
  10. Robinson – 161 thousand

Top 10 the most common last names in Australia

  1. Smith – 212 thousand
  2. Jones – 111 thousand
  3. Williams – 106 thousand
  4. Brown – 105 thousand
  5. Wilson – 93 thousand
  6. Taylor – 89 thousand
  7. Anderson – 72 thousand
  8. Johnson – 67 thousand
  9. White – 64 thousand
  10. Thompson – 62 thousand

Some forms of Smith are the most common last names in the Western hemisphere. Whether it is Smith, Schmidt, Kuznetzov, Koval, Smythe Fabrizzio, or Fabricatore, it is really Smith.

Top 10 the most common last names in Germany

  1. Müller – 945 thousand
  2. Schmidt – 713 thousand
  3. Schneider – 438 thousand
  4. Fischer – 374 thousand
  5. Weber – 327 thousand
  6. Meyer – 324 thousand
  7. Wagner 300 thousand
  8. Becker – 280 thousand
  9. Schulz -279 thousand
  10. Hoffmann – 276 thousand
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