Do you feel like people get you confused with someone else? Perhaps you just have a very common last name?

New York state has the fourth largest population in the United States, and it is made up of a wide diversity of people with ancestry from all around the world. But if you were to guess what the most common surname across the state might be, what would guess? it might be easier than you think.

New York State's Top Three Names used information from the White Pages to compile a list of the three most popular names in each state. The findings say that Smith is by far the most common surname across the country, with only five states having a more common surname. New York's top three are pretty common, according to Ancestry. New York's top three most common last names are 1) Smith, 2) Williams, 3) Brown.


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Most of the states across the country either had Smith, Johnson, Miller, Jones, Williams or Anderson as part as their top three. California, Hawaii, Minnesota, New Mexico and North Dakota were the only five states where Smith was not the most popular name.

Hawaii's top name was Lee, while California and Texas had Garcia. Martinez was New Mexico's most common surname. Massachusetts was the only state where Sullivan was in it's top three.

How to Legally Change Your Name in the State of New York

According to LawNY, one of the ways to officially change your name, aside from through marriage or divorce, is to ask the New York State Supreme Court to change your name. You must then fill out and file the following court forms:

  • Name Change Petition
  • Name Change Order
  • Request for Judicial Intervention (RJI) (original plus 2 copies)
  • Index Number Application

KEEP READING: Here are the most popular baby names in every state

Using March 2019 data from the Social Security Administration, Stacker compiled a list of the most popular names in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C., according to their 2018 SSA rankings. The top five boy names and top five girl names are listed for each state, as well as the number of babies born in 2018 with that name. Historically common names like Michael only made the top five in three states, while the less common name Harper ranks in the top five for 22 states.

Curious what names are trending in your home state? Keep reading to see if your name made the top five -- or to find inspiration for naming your baby.