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Names tell a story. They can help shed light on heritage as well as to America's population makeup. Here are the 10 most common surnames in the United States:

10. Martinez - occurences per 100,000 people ... 359.4

9. Rodriguez - occurences per 100,000 people ... 371.2

8. Davis - occurences per 100,000 people ... 3.76.5

7. Miller - occurences per 100,000 people ... 393.7

6. Garcia - occurences per 100,000 people ... 395.3

5. Jones - occurences per 100,000 people ... 483.2

4. Brown occurences per 100,000 people ... 487.2

3. Williams - occurences per 100,000 people ... 551.0

2. Johnson - occurences per 100,000 people ... 655.2

1. Smith - occurences per 100,000 people ... 828.2