What’s in a Name?

What was the most frequently occurring surname in the 2010 Census? OK—the smart money would be on Smith, and it would be a safe bet, of course. But which surname was No. 2? And what surprises lurked in the Top Ten Surnames? The U.S. Census Genealogy Page has the answers.

The Genealogy Room print collection includes lots of books that explain the derivation and meaning of surnames and given names. So whether you’re looking for an explanation of your last name, or seeking a great first name for your impending bundle of joy, we can help. These SLPL Online Catalog searches will help get you started:

names personal
names baby

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