Awesome Infographic: The United States of Surnames

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We see a lot of infographics around here, but this is definitely the coolest one we’ve come across in a while. The folks at National Geographic have put together a map of the U.S. that reveals which last names are most popular around the country — and, more interestingly, their nation or region of origin. It’s fascinating to see the way English names predominate on the coasts, with small pockets of Irish (New England), French (northern Maine), and Spanish (New York, southern Florida, and California) names mixed in. The Midwest, by contrast, is flush with Germans and Scandinavians, while Louisiana’s large areas of French Creole dominance and Texas’s large Latino population register loud and clear. Click over to National Geographic to get a closer look at the map, and observe the American melting pot in action.