Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – How Many Surnames in Your Family Tree?

Time once again for some Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. This week’s topic from Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings is to figure out how many surnames are in our family trees?

Thankfully, there was no need to count them all by hand on a pedigree chart, as RootsMagic 7 has a surname statistics list that did all the work for me.

I have 1,692 surnames in my family tree. Here are the surnames with the most family members in them and this didn’t really surprise me at all, given that some took a lot of collateral research to piece together, some are families from which I descend 2, 3 or even 4 times and a few are just very common surnames.

  1. Adams – 132 people in the tree
  2. Carlisle – 98
  3. Coleman – 86
  4. Tarbox – 80
  5. Hicks – 78
  6. Bucknam – 72
  7. Molin – 69
  8. Brown – 65
  9. Haskell – 66
  10. Wilson – 64
  11. Scerbak – 62
  12. Burt – 60
  13. Redding – 59
  14. Patorai – 56
  15. Parker – 53
  16. Wheeler – 51 – Tie
  17. Lakin – 51 – Tie
  18. Smith – 50
  19. Pratt – 49
  20. Scripture – 47

My husband’s family tree has slightly more names – 1,749 and there is but a single duplicated surname in the list (Smith)  when compared to my family tree and, no, the Smith families are not related at all.

  1. Williams – 744 people in the tree
  2. Miller – 154
  3. Fritts – 133
  4. Pryor – 130
  5. Nation – 89
  6. Stufflebean – 67
  7. Mahon – 66
  8. Woodruff – 61 – Tie
  9. Spear – 61 – Tie
  10. Brasher – 57
  11. Hudnall – 56
  12. Smith – 54
  13. Nance – 54
  14. Brown – 51
  15. Jones – 50
  16. Davis – 47
  17. Bandy – 46
  18. Sturgell – 45 – Tie
  19. Lewis – 45 – tie
  20. Shoemaker – 42

In my family tree, there are four surnames which I would consider unique in terms of one progenitor – Tarbox, Bucknam and Scripture in colonial America and Patorai in Slovakia.

In my husband’s tree, the only unique name is Stufflebean. All of the Stufflebeans/Stufflebeams are related as far as I can tell.

What surnames are in your family trees?

3 thoughts on “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – How Many Surnames in Your Family Tree?”

  1. The only surnames in common we have on this list are the really common ones like Smith and Wilson. Maybe some week we will have a location challenge and see if any of us have family from the same area at the same times.

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