For all my writer friends out there, National Geographic has answered our prayers with an interactive map of the the U.S. showing the most common surnames (family names) in each geographic area.  What’s even better, by noting the size and color of the font you can tell how common the name is and the nationality of origin.  

Why is this helpful?  Well, suppose you want to write a tale about a cross-country trip and the people your protagonist meets along the way? You can print this map out, trace out your route, and suddenly you have a good sense of the names and nationalities of the areas your characters will visit.

Click here to see the map at National Geographic.

So did your surname make it on the map?


About EDC

EDC is an award-winning author with a passion for telling imaginative stories resonating with universal truths. His latest novel, Runaway, is a futuristic action/adventure inspired by the book of Philemon. EDC was born in Georgia, growing up in the suburbs of Atlanta, where he now lives with his wife, Amy, and daughter, Emma. Besides writing and being employed as an analyst in the airline industry, he has worked as a volunteer with youth, church planting, and Compassion International. He enjoys landscape gardening, listening to alternative rock, and playing the swordfight game on Wii Sports Resort.
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