Most common surnames starting with W

According to the 1940 census, Williams was the most common last name beginning with the letter 'W', followed by Wilson and White. Click on the names below to learn more about their meaning, history and origins.

Surname Rank*
Williams 1
Wilson 2
White 3
Walker 4
Wright 5
Wood 6
Ward 7
Watson 8
Wallace 9
West 10
Woods 11
Wagner 12

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