Mapping America By Surname Origin

The United States is becoming an increasingly diverse nation, and its surnames reflect that diversity, as shown in this National Geographic map. It documents the proliferation of certain last names.

The D.C.-area’s surnames mostly originate from England, Scotland and Wales. Travel westward, and surnames from Spanish, China and other regions become more common. Do you see your surname on the map? Click the link below to see more.

America is a nation of Smiths, Johnsons, and Sullivans—but also of Garcias and Nguyens. Zoom in on the map below to see what surnames proliferate in your part of the country.

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