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December 07, 2003

What's in a name

While I'm blogging, I have a few surname related questions.

Why is "Wilson" so much more common than "Wills," but "Williams" is so much more common than "Williamson"?

And why is "Charles" such an uncommon surname? It is south of 3,000 in rank!

Here is the 1990 CENSUS tabulation of surnames. A survey about the general pattens in American surnames. And of course, the origins of the 100 most common surnames.

Posted by razib at 08:50 PM