Most common surnames starting with A

According to the 1940 census, Anderson was the most common last name beginning with the letter 'A', followed by Allen and Adams. Click on the names below to learn more about their meaning, history and origins.

Surname Rank*
Anderson 1
Allen 2
Adams 3
Alexander 4
Arnold 5
Armstrong 6
Andrews 7
Austin 8
Adkins 9
Allison 10
Atkinson 11
Abbott 12

* Based on population in the 1940 U.S. Census