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    Mine is in the top 100, but I'm not going to tell you which number

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    You may find this site useful. It's about diffusion of surnames in the United States.

    Mine, which is not Germanic, strangely enough seems mostly present in Missouri.

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    My surname is in the top 200, my maiden name is in the top 23000, my grandparents and great grandparents surnames range from 150ish to 3000.
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    Apparently there are some scattered around the US, but no more than 50 per state, and there are only around 20 or so states where it is found (most of which have a prevalence of around 5-10 surnames), and mostly in the northeast. But they cannot be related to me. ^^

    edit: And it's present in 1 comuni in Italy. I also looked in France once, and there are about 6 or 7 occurrences in the north. I'll have to find that site. But my surname is certainly English. ^^

    edit: Looking in the UK map (1998), it's common in the North (East) as well as the South West... it's got a diagonal distribution. It seems in 1881 it was mostly in the South West.

    My mother's maiden surname would be Northern.

    edit: by the way the map site for UK is here: http://www.nationaltrustnames.org.uk

    another edit to clarify: by "common" I mean that it is proportionally distributed in these areas (see the UK maps for what I mean).
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    My maiden name doesn't appear in the database, I think there are less than 50 people in the whole U.S. with the same name, it isn't very common in its land of origin, either (1300 people out of 10million). My married name is 4161.

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    ROTFL! My surname does not exist in the database. Im not surprised.

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    -My German surname is number 7336 in the USA.

    -My mother's Swedish surname (anglicized without the extra t and s) is number 63 in the USA.

    -My middle name (Anglo-Saxon surname) is number 314 in the USA.

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    Hertha's list is from the Sociual Security Administration. The list from the Census Bureau is slightly different;http://www.census.gov/genealogy/www/freqnames2k.html

    The top ten US surnames:
    1. Smith
    2. Johnson
    3. Williams
    4, Brown
    5. Jones
    6. Miller
    7. Davis
    8. Garcia
    9. Rodriguez
    10. Wilson

    What is surprising about the top surnames in the US is how many are now Hispanic & how few of the top 100 are German. Some Smiths may have been Schmidt, some Millers might have come to America has Muller, but most surnames among the top 100 are English or Celtic in origin. The number of English sounding names is surprising since a relatively few Americans like to claim English ancestry. Of course some of those with English surnames are Negro like Washington - 90% of Washingtons are Black.

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    My surname is in the 10K region.

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