Most Common Surnames in the UK

Try to guess the most common last names in Wales, Scotland, England, and Northern Ireland.
Quiz by Kvkq
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Last updated: August 30, 2015
First submittedAugust 9, 2012
Times taken54,446
Average score21.0%
Rating4.18
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Wales
Jones
Williams
Davies
Evans
Thomas
Roberts
Lewis
Hughes
Morgan
Griffiths
Edwards
Smith
James
Rees
Jenkins
Owen
Price
Phillips
Moss
Driscoll
Scotland
Smith
Brown
Wilson
Robertson
Thomson
Campbell
Stewart
Anderson
Scott
Murray
MacDonald
Reid
Taylor
Clark
Ross
Young
Mitchell
Watson
Paterson
Morrison
Northern Ireland
Wilson
Campbell
Kelly
Johnston
Moore
Thompson
Smyth
Brown
O'Neill
Doherty
Stewart
Quinn
Robinson
Murphy
Graham
Martin
McLaughlin
Hamilton
Murray
Hughes
England
Smith
Jones
Taylor
Brown
Williams
Wilson
Johnson
Davies
Robinson
Wright
Thompson
Evans
Walker
White
Roberts
Green
Hall
Wood
Jackson
Clarke
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Level 34
Sep 15, 2012
This is so cool! Five of the names here are in my family tree! :) Could you accept Davis for Davies? They're essentially the same name.
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Level 77
Nov 20, 2014
I tried Davis, Davisson, and Davidson, but no Davies. So close.
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Level 29
Sep 15, 2012
Is that Pete Doherty in the picture? I only got the few surnames that are either in my family or are friend's names, plus his.
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Level 29
Sep 17, 2012
That's looks nothing like Pete Doherty...
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Level 42
Mar 6, 2020
Robbie Williams, complete with monogrammed earphone!
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Level 69
Sep 17, 2012
This was hard. 5/62.
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Level 76
Jul 31, 2020
Really? I got 25 first try and I'm from Malaysia!
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Level 58
Oct 28, 2012
how do you even put a picture in?
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Level 40
Jan 19, 2013
Only 1 mc/mac from Scotland? WOW!
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Level 69
Apr 23, 2014
Yes, I expected there to be many mroe than that. I lost a lot of time trying to think of "Macs" and ended up missing a ton of really obvious names like Davis and Williams.
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Level 82
Aug 4, 2019
Same here. Mcgregor, Mcclelland, Mcnugget, Mcchickensandwich...
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Level 21
Mar 29, 2013
8/62, just typed in all the U.S. Presidents last names and just guessed Smith and Anderson. LOL
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Level 21
Jul 30, 2013
I typed Patterson instead of Paterson, I think it should be accepted considering the minority of people that have ever guessed it.
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Level 44
Aug 3, 2013
9/62 hard quiz
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Level 21
Sep 4, 2013
Woah the first thing I guessed was my surname and it was on there :)
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Level 71
Nov 15, 2016
There's no Dru98 name on the list Charliee
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Level 65
Mar 14, 2022
underrated comment
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Level 44
May 21, 2014
Only managed to get Murray due to his book being sat on the shelf nearby, surprisingly tricky quiz!
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Level 54
Jul 7, 2014
Lewis and Clark. :P
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Level 79
Jun 23, 2015
Surprised no Miller
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Level 83
Jun 23, 2015
No Miller, or Cooper, Carter, Baker, etc. Seemed light on names derived from professions.
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Level 82
Jun 23, 2015
Tried Griffith, but quiz apparently demands Griffiths...
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Level 25
Jun 23, 2015
I was thinking of fast food and got mcdonald
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Level 23
Jun 25, 2015
14/62. I love how 'Smith' gives you 4 points ^-^
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Level 54
May 30, 2022
Um, it doesn't?
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Level 36
Sep 24, 2015
Mohammed?
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Level 25
Jul 24, 2016
...

Peace be upon him*

...

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Level 33
Oct 19, 2015
only johnson and johnston waa
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Level 68
Nov 24, 2015
Lived in Wales all my life (both North and South) and never met anyone with the surname Driscoll. Must be concentrated in a very specific part of the country.
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Level 83
Aug 4, 2019
I went to school with a Driscoll.
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Level 35
Dec 4, 2015
My friend's last name is in here
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Level 25
Jun 10, 2016
42/62 #winning
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Level 36
Oct 18, 2016
Surprised there was not also Johnson...
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Level 54
May 30, 2022
This didn't age well...
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Level 51
Nov 15, 2016
Good job brain! I got Ross because of Bob Ross, but didn't get Smith. Love it!
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Level 76
Apr 18, 2017
Should accept Rhys for Rees
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Level 66
Sep 28, 2017
As a proud McLeod find it hard to believe not more Macs made the list for Scotland
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Level 29
Oct 25, 2017
Soooo much harder than I thought it would be, and i was reduced to

rying Ali and Wong and Lee !!! 17 and missed so many obvious ones like Walker !!!

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Level 46
Mar 6, 2020
I grew up in the UK, and from this entire list, there was only one Smith and one O'Neill in my class in secondary school. None of the other surnames were represented.
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Level 40
Mar 6, 2020
I got Thompson and Thomson cause of TinTin
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Level 42
Mar 6, 2020
smith... jones... uh... um... uh
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Level 38
Dec 10, 2020
I thought Harris would have made it. Also one mac for Scotland that's weird.
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Level 69
May 30, 2022
can you include link to source? i'm curious what the nearest misses were
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Level 54
May 30, 2022
Am I the only one who read the title as Most Common Surinames in the UK?