How Common is Your Surname?

The U.S. Census Bureau maintains a website where you can check the frequency of your Surname. It’s based on data from the 1990 and 2000 U.S. search name files Censuses, so don’t expect any European data here.

In checking the MEITZLER surname, I found that it’s the 42,872nd most common name in the country. It has a frequency of 0.000%. Not the most popular name in America! The SMITH surname ranks number one, with a frequency of over 1%.

Do a search on your SURNAMES of interest.

Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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