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Q&A: What are the most common names in the U.S.?

What are the most common last names in the United States? And how about first names?

The top 10 last names in the United States, according to the 2000 Census, are Smith (almost 2.4 million), Johnson (1.85 million), Williams (1.53 million), Brown (1.38 million), Jones (1.36 million), Miller (1.12 million), Davis (1.07 million), Garcia (858,000), Rodriguez (804,000) and Wilson (783,000).

The next 10 are Martinez, Anderson, Taylor, Thomas, Hernandez, Moore, Martin, Jackson, Thompson and White.

The most popular first names for the century between 1912 and 2011, according to the Social Security Administration:

Mary topped the women by a mile, with more than 3.6 million. Next was Patricia at 1.56 million. Rounding out the top 10 were Elizabeth, Jennifer, Linda, Barbara, Susan, Margaret, Dorothy and Jessica.

It was closer among men. James was No. 1 with 4.87 million, followed closely by John at 4.77 million and Robert at 4.67 million. The rest of the top 10: Michael, William, David, Richard, Joseph, Charles and Thomas.

Things have changed quite a bit since 2000, though, according to the SSA.

The most popular woman's name from 2000-2011 was Emily, followed by Madison, Emma, Olivia, Hannah, Abigail, Isabella, Samantha, Elizabeth and Ashley.

Tops among men in that same period were Jacob, followed by Michael, Joshua, Matthew, Daniel, Christopher, Andrew, Ethan, Joseph and William.

In 2011, the top five women's names were Sophia, Isabella, Emma, Olivia and Ava.

For men, the top five in 2011 were Jacob, Mason, William, Jayden and Noah.

U.S. lags in length of retirement

How many years does the average American live in retirement?

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a group of 34 countries with a goal of promoting policies to improve economic and social conditions around the world, did a study in 2011 of 33 countries, looking at the numbers of years spent in retirement.

Women in Austria and Italy topped the chart with an average of 26 years living in retirement. France was at 25, with Luxembourg and Belgium at 24.

U.S. women finished 29th, with 16 years, topping only Turkey (7), Mexico (8), Korea (13) and Chile (14).

Among men, Luxembourg was first at 19 years, followed Austria, Italy, France and Belgium with 18.

U.S. men tied Japan and Iceland for 24th place at 10 years in retirement, on average.

The worst were Mexico (0), Korea (6), and Turkey and Chile (8).

Q&A: What are the most common names in the U.S.? 04/29/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 4:13pm]
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