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. JOHNSONPopulation Count: 1,857,160
An English patronymic surname meaning "son of John (gift of God)."
3. WILLIAMSPopulation Count: 1,534,042
The most common origin of the Williams surname is patronymic, meaning "son of William," but there are also others.
4. BROWNPopulation Count: 1,380,145
A descriptive surname meaning "brown haired" or "brown skinned."
5. JONESPopulation Count: 1,362,755
A patronymic name meaning "son of John (God has favored or gift of God)."
6. MILLERPopulation Count: 1,127,803
The most common derivation of this surname is as an occupation name referring to a person who worked in a grain mill.
7. DAVISPopulation Count: 1,072,335
A patronymic surname meaning "Son of David (beloved)."
8. GARCIAPopulation Count: 858,289
There are several possible origins for this popular Hispanic surname. The most common meaning is "descendant or son of Garcia (the Spanish form of Gerald)."
9. RODRIGUEZPopulation Count: 804,240
A patronymic name meaning "son of Rodrigo." The "ez or es" added to the root signifies "descendant of."
10. WILSONPopulation Count: 783,051
An English or Scottish surname meaning "son of Will," a nickname for William.