These Are Some of the Most Common Surnames in America – Is Yours One of Them?
If you’ve been researching your African-American family history, you’ve likely noticed that it comes with some challenges — especially when trying to find surnames! But while it can be more difficult to find African-American surname records prior to the Civil War, you can still search the United States census for surnames of your ancestors. In fact, we did some digging into the U.S. census ourselves to discover the most popular African-American surnames in America.
In honor of African-American History Month, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 most common African-American last names, and meanings. And who knows? You may be able to utilize this list of popular African-American surnames to discover some of your own long-lost ancestors!
A Collection of African-American Genealogy Resources
If you’ve hit a brick wall in your African-American genealogy research, you’re definitely not alone! You’ll likely find it more difficult to find certain records than with other types of genealogy research if you have African and slave roots since record keeping for African Americans prior to the Civil War just wasn’t thought of.
But don’t get to frustrated just yet. There are plenty of great African-American genealogy resources available on and offline, so we compiled a list of 80 African-American ancestry links to help you fill in some genealogy research holes and add missing stories to your family tree.
From African-American surnames, to Freedmen’s Bureau records collections and helpful blogs, you’re likely to find a long lost family member by utilizing our list below.