Montana, the 4th largest state in the United States, is full of people whose family has been here for many generations—hundreds of years, in some cases.

Photo by Raphael Rychetsky on Unsplash
Photo by Raphael Rychetsky on Unsplash

Farming has been the way of life here for as long as people can remember. Aside from farming, mining for gold became a large reason why people came to Montana; in hopes of hitting it big and becoming wealthy.

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Photo by Jingming Pan on Unsplash

With so many people from other areas of the world coming to Montana, I began to wonder how many of them were related in some way. With such a big state, there should be lots of different surnames, but I know that roots run deep here.

What are the 5 most common surnames in Montana? According to American Surnames, the top 5 are:

  1. Johnson
  2. Smith
  3. Anderson
  4. Jones
  5. Nelson

My family's surname is Jones, so I guess I have more in common with Montana than I thought.

If you are from another state and are curious as to what your state's most common surnames are, you can just click below.


You can also check out where your surname ranks in popularity in Montana right HERE. Maybe you are not as ordinary as you thought you were. That can be good and bad I suppose, depending on how you look at it.

Do you have a surname in the Montana top 5? Where does your family's surname rank?

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