As I work on filling out my family tree, I’m finding common and not-so-common surnames, surnames that can be spelled way too many different ways, surnames that are normal words in English and therefore hard to search on, and clues to possible points of origin on the other side of the pond. For my first Surname Saturday post, I’ll look at how common some of my surnames are in the United States.
Just looking back through my great-great-grandparents for the moment, here are the surnames. The rank and number of people are from the 2000 US Census.
|Surname||Rank||Number of People|
|U.S. Bureau of the Census, “Surnames Occurring 100 or More Times,” spreadsheet, United States Census Bureau (http://www.census.gov/topics/population/genealogy/data/2000_surnames.html : accessed 9 January 2016).|
I didn’t include variants here. For example, the outlier, Deborah, I’ve seen spelled Debora, Deberrah, Deberry, and others. Standley could be Standly, Stanley, Stanly, and more; I’ve seen it spelled two different ways in the same document.
In a future Surname Saturday, I’ll look into national origins. (Hint: they’re mostly from the same places.)