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The COMMON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 648 33248 0.000 2
United States (1880 census) 117 28306 0.000 2
Change since 1880 +531 -4942 0 0
Other Countries
Australia 40 30564 0.000 2
United Kingdom 680 7072 0.001 15
Top States for COMMON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Illinois 78 15770 0.001 6
Ohio 73 16228 0.001 6
California 70 29371 0.000 2
Michigan 60 19305 0.001 6
New York 39 41688 0.000 2
Top States for COMMON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
North Dakota 16 6441 0.002 25
Ohio 73 16228 0.001 6
Illinois 78 15770 0.001 6
Michigan 60 19305 0.001 6
Mississippi 16 10138 0.001 6

Notes

'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called COMMON live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called COMMON represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called COMMON in Illinois than any other state, but you are more likely to find a COMMON by picking someone at random in North Dakota than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of COMMON

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Scotland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the COMMON surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the COMMON surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of COMMON in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 410 63.27
Black/African American 225 34.72
White (Hispanic) 7 1.08
Asian/Pacific Less than 100 Insignificant
Mixed Race Less than 100 Insignificant
Native American/Alaskan Less than 100 0

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the COMMON surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of COMMON in historical publications

Sorry, we don't have any information on the meaning of COMMON.

Similar names to COMMON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as COMMON.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for COMMON

The following words are slight variants of COMMON that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.