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Map of Surnames in US

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March 26, 2012

Check out this map of common last names in the United States via National Geographic.

"A new view of the United States based on the distribution of common last names shows centuries of history and echoes some of America's great immigration sagas. To compile this data, geographers at University College London used phone directories to find the predominant surnames in each state. Software then identified the probable provenances of the 181 names that emerged."