The Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge for tonight is to fire up my genealogy software and see if I can find the Surname Statistic reports. After than, I am to tally up which surnames are most prevalent in my database.
I can tell you right off the bat that number one will be Pacheco. Let’s see what the report says…
This was created using RootsMagic 5.0. I created a PDF file, then did a screen shot of the page on my computer.
First off, ???…the poor “surnames unknown” stick out like a sore thumb. I didn’t realize I had so many individuals in my database without a surname. From time to time, I try to fill in the blank, but sometimes it is not possible.
As I said, Pacheco would be number one. My great great aunts and great great uncles were very serious about the whole procreation thing. They made sure the surname lived on.
It is interesting to note that Medeiros comes in second. I have very few Medeiros individuals in my main line. But, their were several families with this surname that married cousins.
I decided to show the top 20 to make a point. It isn’t until number 18, Lassalle, that I hit a surname that is not Portuguese. Every other surname in that top 20 list comes from my maternal grandfather’s side of the family. The French and the Irish didn’t have as large of families from what I’ve seen so far. Even so, it’s a far cry from Lassalle at 59 to Pacheco at 234.
Thanks to Randy for this instructive exercise!
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