These Are the 25 Most Common Last Names in Kentucky
In 2012, I was scrambling to come up with a Mother's Day gift for Mom. Don't ask me why; she was the easiest person to shop for on the planet. But I wanted something different.
So I subscribed to ancestry.com. Mom never had a computer, so she was never online. And she loved it. We had the best time sifting through the past and learning what other members of our family--unbeknownst to us--had discovered and posted on our family tree.
THE FREQUENCY OF AMERICAN LAST NAMES
We also learned a lot about our names--history and frequency of occurrence were very fascinating. Mom was a "Topmiller," and that name is far more common in these parts than you might think. My great-uncle was the mayor of Greenville for many years, so there are still Topmillers in Muhlenberg County.
But it's not among the most common surnames in the United States. Far from it, in fact. "Topmiller" ranks 103,493rd; there are only 161 Topmillers in the U.S. "Spencer" fares a lot better. It comes in at No. 189. As for the origins, that's always been a tall task with regard to "Topmiller." I only find "guesses" on the family history page at Ancestry.
"Spencer," on the other hand, derives from Middle English. Selectsurnames.com says:
The word described a man who was in charge of purchasing and distribution of all food and provisions within a royal or noble household. It was a position of some importance and usually only lesser in status to the steward. The word was probably introduced into England by the Norman French after the Conquest of 1066.
THE MOST COMMON KENTUCKY LAST NAMES
Well, how's this for a segue? Since it seems I am a "provider," how about I PROVIDE you with the 40 most common last names in Kentucky? Americansurnames.us breaks it down state by state and nationally, of course.
So, let's see what's most common in the Commonwealth.