The Most Common Last Names in Your State

Does your last name make the list?

US mapNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKHow common is your last name, really? Ancestry.com did some research and broke down the top three most common last names in every U.S. state—and the results might surprise you. The top three last names in the entire U.S. are Smith, Johnson, and Williams, in that order. Does your last name make your state’s top three most common last names list? (Don’t miss these 50 astonishing facts you never knew about each state.)

Alabama

AlabamaNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKThis southeastern state’s top three most common last names are also the top three in the entire country. Johnson is the third most common, Williams is the second most common, and Smith takes the gold for the most common last name in the Yellowhammer state.

Alaska

AlaskaNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKThe largest U.S. state also shares their top three most common last names with the rest of the country. The third most common is Williams, the second most common is Johnson, and the most common is Smith in Alaska. (It’s also the only U.S. state whose name can be typed on just one row of keys—not to mention, the state will pay you $1,000 a year to move there! Yes, really.)

Arizona

ArizonaNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKThis southwestern state is home to the Grand Canyon—and these three last names. The third most common is Garcia, which is only in the top three lists of four other states. The runner-up is Johnson and Smith, once again, is the most common last name in Arizona.

Arkansas

ArkansasNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKWe’re sensing a pattern here. Arkansas shares the same names in the same order as Alabama. The third most common is Johnson, Williams is in second, and the most common last name is Smith. (There’s only one letter that’s not in any U.S. state name. Can you guess it?)

California

CaliforniaNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKSunny California’s most common last names are rebellious when compared with the rest of the country. The third most common is Lopez and the second most common is Hernandez—both names don’t appear as the most common in any other U.S. state. The most common last name in California is Garcia. (California also has the worst drivers in the country.)

Colorado

ColoradoNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKThe Centennial State’s third most common last name, Martinez, is only shared by two other states. Johnson takes second places and Smith is the most common in this western state.

Connecticut

ConnecticutNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKIt’s not uncommon for Nutmeggers to have Brown as their last name, which is the third most common in the state. The second most common is Johnson and Smith takes first place in the Constitution State. (There’s a good chance no one outside of your state will understand these slang words.)

Delaware

DelawareNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKAs it turns out, Delaware and Connecticut have something in common: they share their top three most common last names in the same exact order. The third most common is Brown, the second most common is Johnson, and the most common is Smith.

Florida

FloridaNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKPalm trees, Disney, and a whole lot of Smiths. Florida’s third most common last name is Johnson, its second most common is Williams, and the most common last name in the Sunshine State is Smith. (These are the best state fairs in all 50 states.)

Georgia

GeorgiaNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKJust like Alabama, Arkansas, and Florida, the Peach State’s third most common last name is Johnson, with Williams in second place, and Smith coming in first.

Hawaii

HawaiiNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKHawaii’s top three most common last names are different than any other U.S. state. The third most common last name is Kim, the second most common is Wong, and the first most common is Lee. (Unsurprisingly, Hawaii is also one of the happiest states in America.)

Idaho

IdahoNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKThis northwestern state shares the two most common last names with the rest of the U.S. and one is only in seven other states’ top three. The third most common last name in the Gem State is Anderson, the second is Johnson, and the first is Smith.

Illinois

IllinoisNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKWelcome to Midwestern America, where Illinois’ third most common last name is Williams, second most common is Johnson, and first most common is Smith. (Here are 50 iconic adventures in each state to add to your all-American bucket list.)

Indiana

IndianaNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKThe Hoosier State might be best known for its farmland, but it’s now also known as having these top three last names. The third most common is Johnson, the second most common is Miller, which is only a top last name in seven other states, and the first most common is Smith.

Iowa

IowaNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKWhile we’re still in the Midwest, let’s talk about the Hawkeye State’s most common last names. Johnson is in third, Williams is in second, and Smith wins as the most common last name in Iowa. (You won’t believe these dumb laws in each state.)

Kansas

KansasNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKThe Sunflower State’s third most common last name, Miller, joins only seven other states’ top lists. Johnson is the second most common and Smith is the first most common.

Kentucky

KentuckyNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKDown in this southeastern state, the third most common last name is Jones, which joins only four other states’ top lists. The second most common is Johnson and the first most common is Smith. (These are the best gifts to give from each state.)

Louisiana

LouisianaNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKLouisiana has tons of nicknames, but the one thing that they can decide on is a common last name, apparently. The third most common last name is Johnson, the second most is Smith, and Williams is in first place.

Maine

MaineNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKThe northeasternmost U.S. state’s third most common last name is Johnson. The second most common is Brown, which ranks in the top three of only seven other states, and the first most common is Smith. (You’ll definitely want to check out the best free tourist attractions in every state.)

Maryland

MarylandNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKBesides having copious amounts of waterways and tons of coastlines, Maryland is one of four states that has Jones as one of its most common last names. Jones is in third place, Johnson is in second, and Smith takes the cake.

Massachusetts

MassachusettsNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKThe largest reported ancestry in Massachusetts is Irish, so it makes sense that Sullivan is their third most common last name. Johnson is the second most common and Smith is the first most common. (These are the most impressive libraries in every state.)

Michigan

MichiganNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKThe Great Lake State’s three most common last names join the rest of the majority of U.S. states. Williams is the third most common, Johnson is the second, and Smith is the first. (This map shows the food your state hates the most.)

Minnesota

MinnesotaNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKNot only does Minnesota have over 10,000 lakes, it also has these top three most common last names. Nelson, which is only in the top three most common list of Minnesota, is the third most common. Anderson is the second most common, and Johnson is the first most common. (These are the 50 best family travel destinations in every state.)

Mississippi

MississippiNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKNow that we finally know how to spell Mississippi, here are their top three most common last names. Johnson is the third most common, Williams is the second most common, and Smith is the first most common. (These are the U.S. cities with the lowest cost of living.)

Missouri

MissouriNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKThe Show-Me State’s third most common last name is Williams, its second most common is Johnson, and its first most common is Smith. (You won’t believe how much your states spends on holiday gifts.)

Montana

MontanaNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKThis Western state has Anderson as the third most common last name, with Johnson in second, and Smith in first. (These are the best American comfort foods in every state.)

Nebraska

NebraskaNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKThe Cornhusker State spices things up with Miller as its third most common last name, one of eight states with it as the top most common. Smith is the second most common and Johnson is the first. (This is the most popular Christmas gift in every state.)

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Nevada

NevadaNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKWhether you call it the Silver State, the Battle Born State, or the Sagebrush State, three things Nevada can decide on is having these three common last names. The third most common last name is Garcia, Johnson is the second most common, and Smith is the first. (This is exactly how much healthcare costs in each state.)

New Hampshire

New HampshireNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKNew Hampshire joins the rest of the majority of the U.S. with its third most common last name being Johnson, its second most common being Brown, and its first most common being Smith. (These are the most iconic book sets in every state.)

New Jersey

New JerseyNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKThe Garden State is home to these top three most common last names: Johnson is the third most common, Williams is the second most common, and Smith is the first most common. (This map breaks down the largest employer in every state.)

New Mexico

new mexicoNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKIn this southwestern state, you’ll find Johnson being the third most common last name, Williams being the second most common, and Smith being the first. (These world records from every state will blow your mind.)

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New York

new yorkNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKIt’s not too unusual to come across a New Yorker with one of these three common last names. The third most common is Brown, the second most common is Williams, and Smith takes the cake once again for being the first most common. (This is the most popular book in every state.)

North Carolina

north carolinaNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKWhether you want the enjoy its coastal Atlantic beaches or its Southern hospitality, you’ll find that North Carolina’s residents typically have Johnson, Williams, or Smith as last names (in order from third most common to first). (These are the best ice cream shops in every state—you can thank us later.)

North Dakota

north dakotaNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKNorth Dakota is the only state with Olson has one of their top three most common last names. Olson is the third most common, Anderson is the second most common, and Johnson is the first most common—with no Smith in sight, surprisingly. (You can find some of America’s best road trips in North Dakota and these other four states.)

Ohio

ohioNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKThis Midwestern state, sometimes known as the Buckeye State, is home to residents whose last names are most commonly Johnson, the third most common, Miller, the second most common, and Smith, the first most common. (These are the most popular craft beers from each state.)

Oklahoma

oklahomaNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKAs it turns out, Oklahomans tend to share Williams as the third most common last name, Johnson as the second most common last name, and Smith as the first most common last name. (These are the most iconic movie sets in every state.)

Oregon

oregonNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKRegardless of whether you’re traveling to Oregon or you’re a resident, there’s a good chance you’ll run into someone (or even yourself) who has one of these three last names. Miller is the third most common, Johnson is the second most common, and Smith is the first most common. (This is how each state ranks in healthcare.)

Pennslyvania

pennsylvaniaNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKThe Keystone State, the Oil State, the Quaker State—you get the idea. The third most common last name in Pennslyvania is Williams, the second most common is Miller, and the first most common is Smith. (This map shows the average salary people earn in each state.)

Rhode Island

rhode islandNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKAh, The Ocean State—home to historic Colonial towns and gorgeous ocean views. Here, you’ll find that the third most common last name is Johnson, the second most common last name is Brown, and the first most common name is Smith. (These are the most difficult-to-pronounce towns in every state.)

South Carolina

south carolinaNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKSubtropical beaches? Yes, please! In the Palmetto State, the third most common last name is Brown, the second most common is Williams, and the first most common is Smith. (This is the most popular fragrance in every state.)

South Dakota

south dakotaNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKIn this Midwestern U.S. state, Smith takes a couple steps back and is the third most common last name. The second most common last name is Anderson, and the first most common is Johnson. (These are the strangest food laws you’ll find in every state.)

Tennessee

tennesseeNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKAnother one of the four states with Jones in the top three common last names, Tennessee’s most common last name rankings are Jones in third, Johnson in second, and Smith in first. (These are the most bike-friendly cities in every state.)

Texas

texasNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKIt looks like the Lone Star State wasn’t about to follow the crowd. The third most common last name is Martinez, the second most common is Smith and the first most common is Garcia. (This map shows the toughest college to get into in every state.)

Utah

utahNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKAnderson is only listed as one of the top three most common last names in eight states, and Utah is one of them. Anderson is the third most common last name, Johnson is second, and Smith is first. (These are the best Christmas markets in every state.)

Vermont

vermontNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKForest-filled Vermont’s residents’ last names are primarily Johnson, Brown, and Smith, with Johnson as the third most popular, Brown a the second, and Smith as the first. (Did you know Vermont’s state capital is the only one in the U.S. without a single McDonald’s?)

Virginia

virginiaNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKAlas, the last of the four states with Jones in its top three most common last names list. In Virginia, the third most common last name is Jones, the second most common is Johnson, and the first most common is Smith. (We bet you didn’t know it’s also actually illegal to swear in public in Virginia.)

Washington

washingtonNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKWe’re sensing some deja vu here in Washington. The third most common last name is Anderson, the second most common is Johnson, and the first is Smith. (This is how far $100 will get you in every state.)

West Virginia

west virginiaNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCK“Country roads, take me home, to the place I belong…” Yes, up next is West Virginia. In the Mountain State, the third most common last name is Johnson, the second most common is Miller, and the first is Smith. (This is the best gas station coffee in every state.)

Wisconsin

wisconsinNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKAmerica’s Dairyland’s most common last names are Johnson, Miller, and Smith. Smith is in third, Miller is in second, and Johnson is in first. (This map shows the most popular Thanksgiving dish in every state.)

Wyoming

wyomingNICOLE FORNABAIO/RD.COM, SHUTTERSTOCKLast but not least, Wyoming’s residents in the wild, wild west’s most common last names are Miller as the third most common, Johnson as the second most common, and Smith as the first most common. (Did you know there are only two escalators in the entire state of Wyoming? Here’s why.)

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