* FPM = Frequency Per Million
Smith is an occupational surname for a man who works with metal (smith or blacksmith), one of the earliest jobs for which specialist skills were required. It is a craft that was practiced in all countries, making the surname and its derivations the most common of all surnames around the world.
2. JONESFPM: 6,132.79
A patronymic name meaning "son of John (God has favored or gift of God)."
3. WILLIAMSFPM: 5,904.07
The most common origin of the Williams surname is patronymic, meaning "son of William," but there are also others.
4. BROWNFPM: 5,880.77
A descriptive surname meaning "brown haired" or "brown skinned."
5. WILSONFPM: 5,037.98
An English or Scottish surname meaning "son of Will," a nickname for William.
6. TAYLORFPM: 4,867.51
An English occupational name for a tailor, from Old French "tailleur" for "tailor" which comes from the Latin "taliare," meaning "to cut."
7. NGUYENFPM: 3,798.06
This is the most common surname in Vietnam, but is actually of Chinese origin, meaning "musical instrument."
8. JOHNSONFPM: 3,571.02
An English patronymic surname meaning "son of John (gift of God)."
9. MARTINFPM: 3,314.21
Patronymic surname taken from the ancient Latin given name Martinus, derived from Mars, the Roman god of fertility and war.
10. WHITEFPM: 3,304.37
Generally a surname originally used to describe someone with very light hair or complexion.