Is the name John Smith as popular as it used to be?

I've never met a John Smith, though it's made out to be a very "average" name. I remember John Smith from Pocahontas. Do you know any John Smith's? Are you a John Smith?

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  • Ashley
    Lv 7
    10 years ago
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    Well, let's see. According to the census at Ancestry.com, there were 14,921 John Smiths in the U.S. in 1850. The total population was 23,191,876, meaning that 0.064% of the people were named John Smith. So let's see how it's changed:

    1850 - 14,921 John Smiths / population: 23,191,876 = 0.064%

    1860 - 19,139 John Smiths / population: 31,443,321 = 0.060%

    1870 - 25,228 John Smiths / population: 39,818,449 = 0.063%

    1880 - 27,216 John Smiths / population: 50,189,209 = 0.054%

    1900 - 32,368 John Smiths / population: 76,212,168 = 0.042%

    1910 - 32,073 John Smiths / population: 92,228,496 = 0.034%

    1920 - 31,331 John Smiths / population: 106,021,537 = 0.029%

    1930 - 30,319 John Smiths / population: 122,775,046 = 0.024%

    According to this website:

    http://howmanyofme.com/search/

    There are currently 44,700 John Smiths in the United States. The total population is 309,143,691, meaning John Smiths make up 0.014%.

    I have an ancestor named John Smith, but I don't think I know anyone named John Smith right now!

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  • 4 years ago

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  • 10 years ago

    The name Smith still remains a very popular name. It's origins are Dutch, English, German, Irish and Scottish.

    Spelling variations of this family name include: Smit, Smitt, Smitte, Smites, Smitts, Smiit, Smiites, Smittes, van Smit, Smut, Smutts, van Smutts, Schmit, Schmidt, van Schmidt and many more.

    It's an interesting question because for such a popular Worldwide name, I have rarely come across the name myself. Spooky stuff indeed! :-)

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  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    I have several John Smiths in my family tree.........it was fun tracing those( not) the only good thing was there were lots of records as it is 'the' John Smith of Brewery 'fame' along with his brothers, nephews etc

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Smith%27s_Brewer...

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  • 10 years ago

    i agree, John Smith is not as popular as it used to be

    i do not know any John Smiths

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    This question could easily be answered by cracking open a phone book, or (even easier, since you're already at the computer) looking it up online.

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  • Anon
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    No, but my name is Jim Smith, and WAYHEY!!

    Source(s): Jim Smith
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