100 Most Common 3 Letter Last Names in the U.S.

In this section of the site we have data on the most common 3 letter last names in the United States. These names are taken directly from the most recent census data.

Currently, the most popular 3 letter last name in America is Lee, with a total count of 693,023 people who have the surname. The surname Lee occurs roughly 234 times per 100,000 people in the U.S.

The table below shows the most common 3 letter surnames with statistics on the heritage and ancestry of those with the surname.

Click any of the names in the table below to find out more about the origin, meaning, and ancestry of each last name.

Rank Name Count White Black API AIAN 2+ Races Hispanic
21 LEE 693,023 35.95% 16.33% 42.22% 0.97% 2.64% 1.89%
77 KIM 262,352 2.52% 0.39% 94.47% 0.02% 1.96% 0.65%
78 COX 261,231 82.62% 12.07% 0.50% 0.67% 1.82% 2.33%
180 FOX 152,334 88.08% 6.06% 0.56% 1.03% 1.84% 2.42%
220 RAY 133,171 74.97% 17.54% 1.94% 0.93% 2.05% 2.56%
294 DAY 105,091 83.08% 10.44% 1.02% 1.08% 1.97% 2.40%
304 MAY 103,306 83.55% 9.57% 1.22% 0.73% 1.89% 3.04%
402 LIN 79,508 1.70% 0.18% 95.85% 0.02% 1.77% 0.47%
411 LIU 78,370 1.79% 0.17% 95.62% 0.02% 1.86% 0.54%
559 ALI 60,002 17.33% 30.71% 42.91% 0.51% 5.66% 2.87%
611 LAM 55,554 6.84% 0.57% 87.99% 0.05% 1.99% 2.56%
640 ROY 53,159 75.20% 9.04% 9.69% 1.54% 1.96% 2.57%
774 ORR 44,388 79.42% 15.00% 0.65% 0.77% 1.96% 2.20%
909 FRY 38,029 91.09% 3.13% 0.55% 1.14% 1.75% 2.34%
936 LIM 37,021 2.86% 0.23% 92.24% 0.04% 3.04% 1.59%
1037 KEY 33,501 68.56% 24.61% 0.90% 0.99% 2.33% 2.61%
1038 CHO 33,490 1.88% (S) 95.12% (S) 1.92% 0.80%
1062 NGO 33,005 0.92% (S) 96.46% (S) 1.69% 0.65%
1089 LAW 32,122 65.61% 15.63% 14.22% 0.39% 2.08% 2.07%
1090 TAN 32,120 3.30% 0.19% 92.37% 0.11% 2.62% 1.42%
1094 GAY 32,025 70.72% 22.51% 1.84% 0.73% 1.87% 2.32%
1182 HAN 29,847 4.24% 0.50% 92.67% 0.07% 1.70% 0.82%
1187 LAU 29,792 16.19% 0.24% 76.07% 0.08% 3.94% 3.47%
1222 BUI 28,919 1.71% 0.32% 95.45% 0.02% 1.63% 0.87%
1227 GUY 28,852 67.88% 24.98% 1.01% 1.43% 2.33% 2.37%
1238 CHU 28,508 2.61% (S) 92.14% (S) 3.30% 1.68%
1246 DYE 28,182 83.48% 11.06% 0.54% 0.67% 1.96% 2.30%
1353 GIL 26,112 10.52% 0.54% 1.70% 0.17% 0.23% 86.83%
1373 OTT 25,738 94.06% 1.22% 0.56% 0.66% 1.44% 2.07%
1384 PAZ 25,574 7.43% 0.32% 2.98% 0.22% 0.43% 88.62%
1406 ROE 25,286 90.91% 3.17% 1.23% 0.58% 1.71% 2.40%
1438 NIX 24,786 81.05% 13.29% 0.44% 0.84% 2.07% 2.31%
1467 KAY 24,337 85.64% 5.89% 3.47% 0.61% 1.92% 2.48%
1484 SUN 24,058 2.59% 0.26% 94.46% 0.26% 1.67% 0.76%
1522 POE 23,563 80.15% 12.52% 2.32% 0.82% 2.15% 2.05%
1547 GEE 23,241 54.31% 19.60% 20.20% 0.58% 3.01% 2.29%
1694 ZHU 21,265 0.88% (S) 98.23% (S) 0.58% 0.16%
1709 ASH 21,030 81.09% 13.40% 0.54% 0.51% 2.14% 2.31%
1740 YEE 20,591 5.58% 0.58% 83.54% 0.05% 6.99% 3.26%
1873 LAI 19,157 3.48% 0.31% 91.72% 0.04% 3.24% 1.22%
1957 LAY 18,468 70.98% 7.57% 14.41% 1.01% 2.23% 3.80%
1989 CAO 18,138 1.38% (S) 95.22% (S) 1.05% 2.12%
2005 HAY 18,029 85.74% 7.14% 2.83% 0.37% 1.63% 2.30%
2075 MAI 17,445 11.32% 0.55% 85.47% 0.11% 1.40% 1.14%
2133 HAM 16,980 66.22% 11.61% 16.41% 0.40% 1.66% 3.69%
2147 HSU 16,907 2.09% (S) 93.78% (S) 3.56% 0.46%
2157 COE 16,819 82.78% 11.15% 1.11% 0.46% 1.94% 2.56%
2324 LUU 15,702 1.02% 0.15% 96.48% 0.00% 1.68% 0.67%
2356 DOW 15,472 83.14% 9.58% 1.29% 0.78% 2.00% 3.21%
2404 HER 15,089 1.55% 0.23% 94.82% 0.04% 0.99% 2.37%
2440 FAY 14,849 92.62% 1.70% 1.00% 0.44% 1.40% 2.84%
2443 REA 14,819 72.34% 0.92% 1.21% 0.59% 1.10% 23.83%
2552 WAY 14,157 80.02% 12.31% 2.51% 0.86% 1.79% 2.49%
2597 COY 13,875 82.79% 5.89% 0.59% 0.55% 1.96% 8.22%
2667 IVY 13,524 55.32% 38.52% 0.58% 0.50% 2.85% 2.24%
2684 JOY 13,413 78.15% 8.41% 7.75% 0.63% 2.27% 2.80%
2703 TAM 13,327 5.55% 0.55% 90.16% 0.05% 2.31% 1.39%
2724 YOO 13,225 2.66% (S) 95.49% (S) 1.06% 0.59%
2745 ELY 13,130 88.06% 6.70% 0.66% 0.57% 1.71% 2.30%
2775 WOO 13,003 4.65% 0.44% 86.86% 0.08% 4.81% 3.16%
2786 FOY 12,952 71.73% 22.44% 0.82% 0.47% 1.93% 2.62%
2847 PAN 12,664 2.61% 0.46% 94.02% 0.07% 1.63% 1.22%
2948 GAO 12,172 1.22% (S) 97.39% (S) 0.62% 0.41%
2952 NYE 12,167 93.79% 0.86% 1.13% 0.59% 1.50% 2.14%
2974 SAM 12,053 12.06% 27.84% 33.73% 17.93% 3.07% 5.37%
2975 GUO 12,048 1.10% 0.32% 97.77% 0.00% 0.66% 0.17%
2979 LOW 12,032 61.77% 1.70% 28.82% 0.36% 4.31% 3.03%
3011 NEW 11,903 88.62% 4.39% 1.49% 0.86% 1.82% 2.82%
3029 CYR 11,829 95.44% 0.24% 0.58% 0.41% 1.45% 1.88%
3061 VUE 11,717 0.45% (S) 97.83% (S) 1.05% 0.57%
3075 RAO 11,672 17.02% 0.27% 78.55% 0.16% 2.91% 1.09%
3149 LOR 11,479 1.40% (S) 96.59% (S) 1.14% 0.60%
3182 YAN 11,354 2.97% (S) 94.06% (S) 1.07% 1.33%
3220 DAO 11,211 1.71% 0.88% 94.37% 0.08% 1.92% 1.03%
3229 NOE 11,182 90.87% 0.78% 1.82% 0.55% 1.71% 4.27%
3238 MOE 11,150 85.08% 2.92% 7.45% 0.39% 2.22% 1.94%
3308 PAK 10,846 3.78% (S) 92.02% (S) 3.10% 0.88%
3320 VAN 10,798 22.18% 6.30% 67.23% 0.39% 2.10% 1.81%
3352 ENG 10,682 13.50% (S) 77.38% (S) 5.96% 2.79%
3379 AHN 10,567 3.44% 0.14% 93.82% 0.00% 2.21% 0.39%
3421 JIN 10,432 1.78% 0.19% 96.30% 0.19% 1.13% 0.40%
3452 TOM 10,350 19.02% 1.57% 52.53% 16.63% 6.91% 3.33%
3538 BOX 10,098 82.98% 10.98% 0.60% 1.32% 1.87% 2.25%
3541 SON 10,094 9.52% 1.33% 82.80% 0.20% 1.93% 4.22%
3551 SHI 10,055 1.83% 0.30% 96.86% 0.06% 0.46% 0.50%
3564 LUO 10,005 0.86% (S) 97.57% (S) 0.68% 0.44%
3604 JAY 9,852 78.60% 9.22% 4.35% 2.04% 2.77% 3.01%
3647 DIX 9,748 76.05% 19.00% 0.70% 0.31% 1.73% 2.22%
3654 CHA 9,732 2.09% (S) 93.52% (S) 2.07% 1.82%
3662 XIE 9,716 0.72% 0.22% 98.19% (S) 0.66% (S)
3704 ONG 9,584 7.32% (S) 87.39% (S) 3.07% 1.88%
3707 WEI 9,578 2.89% 0.42% 94.46% 0.00% 1.80% 0.44%
3819 JOE 9,280 12.26% 24.98% 23.00% 33.79% 2.97% 3.00%
3855 HOY 9,196 85.30% 4.86% 4.67% 0.32% 1.61% 3.25%
3863 LEA 9,180 72.43% 16.38% 4.65% 0.93% 2.33% 3.28%
3911 SEE 9,081 73.59% 1.68% 19.51% 0.75% 2.00% 2.46%
3923 ERB 9,060 96.08% 0.33% 0.49% 0.42% 1.10% 1.58%
3932 KEE 9,049 51.25% 21.79% 10.84% 10.66% 2.69% 2.76%
3968 RAU 8,961 90.97% 1.70% 3.11% 0.36% 1.64% 2.22%
3981 YUN 8,933 3.01% (S) 93.45% (S) 2.37% 0.86%

Table Key

To help you understand the above table, below is a description of each column and what it represents.

  • Count. Number of occurrences: Estimate of the number of people with the surname in the United States. (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy.
  • White. Non-Hispanic White Only: Percentage of people with a given surname who classified themselves as "non-hispanic white" (race)
  • Black. Non-Hispanic Black Only: Percentage of people with a given surname who classified themselves as "non-hispanic black" (race)
  • API. Non-Hispanic Asian & Pacific Islander Only: Percentage of people with a given surname who classified themselves as "non-hispanic Asian & Pacific Islander" (race)
  • AIAN. Non-Hispanic American Indian & Alaskan Native Only: Percentage of people with a given surname who classified themselves as "non-hispanic American Indian & Alaskan Native" (race)
  • 2+ Races. Non-Hispanic of 2 or More Races: Percentage of people with a given surname who classified themselves as "non-hispanic two or more races" (race)
  • Hispanic. Hispanic Origin: Percentage of people with a given surname who classified themselves as "Hispanic origin" (race)

How Many 3 Letter Last Names Are There?

According to the most recent U.S. Census data, there are 1,716 unique 3-letter surnames.

The table above includes the top 100 names that are 3 letters long, and they are sorted by the rank given by the Census Bureau for how common each name is.

Wherever possible, we have also provided data for each name in the list on the ethnicity/ancestry of that surname.

Other Last Name Lengths

Our database contains names ranging in length from 2 to 15 letters. To find out more information about last names of different lengths you can use the following links:

Data Source(s)

All of the data on this page is sourced from the Decennial Census survey, from the United States Census Bureau.

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