America, a nation of Smiths and Williams

America is a nation of Smiths, Johnsons, and Sullivans—but also of Garcias and Nguyens.

This view of the United States on the National Geographic website is an amazing visual landscape of last names. Many of these names came from Great Britain, reflecting the early start the British had over many other settlers in America. Although common, the degree to which ‘Smith’ and ‘Williams’ still dominate from coast to coast is surprising.

Zoom in on the map below to see what surnames proliferate in your part of the country.

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