Okay, I'm not David Letterman but here is my Top 10 List (of surnames in my genealogy database). I saw someone else do this and track it year after year, which would be interesting to see how much progress one does.
10. (a 3-way tie) DORMAN, SICKMON & JUNKER all with 10
8-9. (a 2-way tie) ALLISON & KIRKPATRICK with 13
7. SEGGERMAN = 18
6. HOWLAND = 19
5. FLORA = 22
4. ____ (empty/blank) = 31 (I hope this number can go down)
3. REGNIER = 33
2. JORGENSEN = 44
1. FOSTER = 51
Okay and now my husband's side of the family (including his step-relatives):
10-9. (a 2-way tie) RICHART & RAMSEY = 17
8. CAPRON = 20
7-6. (a 2-way tie) PATTERSON & WHITACRE = 23
5. SMITH = 25
4. ____ (empty/blank) = 26 (again, hope this number goes down)
3. FORESMAN = 42
2. SPARROW = 52
1. THOMPSON = 66
Now I didn't take into consideration name variations (ie: Seggerman/Seggermann) in my genealogy program. I just ran the report. Most of these numbers one would hope would increase, so one would find new family members. However the empty/blank surname I would like to decrease, to put a surname with those people.
Very interesting. Please feel free to comment if you wish.