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A map of surname distribution across the United States

Here’s the color key for the national origins of those surnames.

It’s unsurprising that so much of the country is some shade of blue. What is interesting, however, is that we have so many Smiths, Williams, and Jones in this country partly because of slavery. Many freedmen ended up with their former masters’ last names, which is why approximately 1 in 5 “Smiths” are African American.


  1. nomoresleep reblogged this from eatplayfuck
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  3. dancingfrogger reblogged this from downlo and added:
    There’s a lot of detail and nuance in there that’s being lost, that’s for sure.
  4. spirallights reblogged this from downlo and added:
    Woah so much of my last name. Except apparently nobody has a clue where it’s really from.
  5. saol-alainn reblogged this from downlo and added:
    I am genuinely surprised that O’Connor isn’t on this at all.
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