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Most Common First Letter for Last Names

I realize this is pretty uninteresting information for most of my blog readers. But I am placing it within my blog for my own future reference and also for the reference of the world wide web.

I found the most common Last Names quite easily at About.com BUT Smith being the most popular last name does not necessarily mean that S is the most popular letter. For example — Johnson and Jones are both in the top 5 popular names totaling about 1.2 million more then Smith (2.7m vs 3.9 (2.2 and 1.7m)).So what this all means is that I had to do some extra work-and count for myself.

These are my results:
#1: W – 5.854 million
#2: J – 5.347 million
#3: M – 4.854 million
#4: S – 4.53 million
#5: B – 4.131 million
#6: R – 3.774 million
#7: H – 3.397 million
#8: T – 3.17 million
#9: C – 3.066 million
#10: P – 2.573 million
#11: G – 2.422 million
#12: A – 2.118 million
#13: L – 1.996 million
#14: D – 1.553 million
#15: K – 804,000
#16: E – 765,000
#17: Y – 531,000
#18: F – 503,000
#19: N – 446,000

Now, please keep in mind that you may want to double check my math. My source is About.com and I don’t know how accurate it is but for my own purposes, it was accurate enough.

13 Comments

  1. I cannopt thank you enougg for this info! I am puttingon an event and need to know how to break down the will call, last name lines. I found this blog invaluable!

    Alicia, Seattle

  2. Thanks for putting this here: I had a sudden bust of curiosity (seeing most of my phone Contacts had a last name beginning with ‘S’) and, frankly, did not expect to find this sort of list. But my curiosity is satisfied!

  3. Very interesting to me!! I am embroidering some monogramed keyfobs to sell at a craft show and wondered what letters were most commonly used to help me decide how many to make. This information is very helpful to me….Thanks Pamelia

  4. List I had only went to 19 and I tried all I could to get to remainder of list. I need this info for a project with a deadline of 5/23. If I missed a way to get to the rest of the list, please advise. LOL. I really appreciate

  5. List I had only went to 19 and I tried all I could to get to remainder of list. I need this info for a project with a deadline of 5/23. If I missed a way to get to the rest of the list, please advise. LOL. Thanks so much in advance. Also, this site was a life-saver!!!!

  6. Thank you. I’m creating a reading journal, and this will help me determine how many pages to allocate to authors’ last names.

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