How popular is your last name? Is it as popular as Smith? You probably already know that the most common last name in the United State (as well as in some other English-speaking countries) is Smith but do you know which last name has the highest occurrence in, let’s say, Spain? Or how about China? In fact, the most common surnames vary significantly with nations, regions, and cultures. From Fernandez and Silva to Anderson and Ahmed, here are 25 of the Most Common Last Names Around the World.
This last name originated in England and it gradually spread into other English-speaking countries. Now, Smith is the most common family name in the United States, Canada, Britain, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand.
Garcia is the most common surname in Spain, the second most common surname in Cuba and the third most common surname in Mexico. It has also become common in the US due to massive Latin American immigration, and is now the 8th most common surname in the U.S.
With over 235,000 people holding the last name Martin in France, it is the most common French surname. A shorter version of the Latin name Martinus, Martin is also a very common first name in many languages.
The plural of Rosso (meaning red in Italian), Rossi is the most common surname in Italy. Due to the diaspora, it is also very common in some other countries such as Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Mexico, Peru, US and Uruguay.
Meaning “new man”, “newcomer”, or “stranger” in English, Novak is a very popular Slavic name (both first name and last name). It is the most common last name in the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovenia but it also has a high occurrence in Croatia, Moldova, Serbia and Romania.