Friday, August 04, 2006

Your Surname

How many other people share your surname in America? And where does it stand compared to other surnames? Using the US Census Bureau's Index statistics, this database uses over 50,000 names to rank your surname. From PBS. Of course, Smith is still Number 1.

4 comments:

Chickadeeva said...

wendling is surname number 9004

crazyinseattle said...

This is a serious distraction for a Friday evening! Without cheating and using Google, try typing in a bunch of names to figure out names 1 - 10. Jones is actualy Number 4 -- so what are 2 and 3? Even more surprising were Chinese names; the ones you think would be more common aren't and the others are actually higher in rank. And Hispanic names are also coming up fast.

Waylan said...

Mine, which I don't want to say, is so uncommon it's not among the 55000 names compiled at all.

crazyinseattle said...

An interesting tidbit on using this database: I was surprised to see that O'Donnell didn't make the cut in the top 55,000 names but a friend discovered that it does make the cut if you omit the apostrophe!