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The Most Common Last Names in Your State

Does your last name make the list?

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How 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.

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Alabama

This 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.

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Alaska

The 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.

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Arizona

This 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.

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Arkansas

We'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?

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California

Sunny 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.

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Colorado

The 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.

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Connecticut

It'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.

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Delaware

As 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.

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Florida

Palm 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.

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