What constitutes a good family name is subjective, but common surnames in the United States that are concise, recognizable and easy to pronounce are Brown, Smith, Jones, Miller and Davis. Over eight million people in the United States have one of these five family names, according to data on Mongabay.com.
Other common surnames that are concise and recognizable are Garcia, Wilson, Taylor, Moore and Martin. Common surnames that are longer are Johnson, Martinez, Williams, Rodriguez and Anderson. Raynott, Temples, Woodbead, Rummage and Southwark are rare English names that are close to going extinct, as of 2015. Since the turn of the 19th century, approximately 200,000 names have gone extinct in England and Wales.