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These Are The Top 20 Last Names In Nova Scotia – Spoiler Alert: Macs Lead The Pack

There is much to learn about one’s heritage and most people tie a lot of their identity to their last name. According to the website Forebears, Nova Scotia has 40,561 unique surnames within its population.

The website provides the top 1,000 but for this purpose we’re concentrating on the top 20. Do you have any guesses? As we mentioned, there are a lot of Macs.

The Top 20 Last Names In Nova Scotia

#1 MacDonald

Incidence: 17,316
Frequency: 1:57
Percent of Canada’s MacDonalds in NS: 21.98%
Rank in Canada: 10

#2 Smith

Incidence: 10,424
Frequency: 1:94
Percent of Canada’s Smiths in NS: 5.43%
Rank in Canada: 1

#3 Brown

Incidence: 5,216
Frequency: 1:188
Percent of Canada’s Browns in NS: 4.79%
Rank in Canada: 2

#4 Leblanc

Incidence: 5,113
Frequency: 1:191
Percent of Canada’s Leblancs in NS: 7.53%
Rank in Canada: 15

#5 MacNeil

Incidence: 4,741
Frequency: 1:206
Percent of Canada’s MacNeils in NS: 46.18%
Rank in Canada: 467

#6 MacLean

Incidence: 4,626
Frequency: 1:212
Percent of Canada’s MacLeans in NS: 24.95%
Rank in Canada: 210

#7 Campbell

Incidence: 4,598
Frequency: 1:213
Percent of Canada’s Campbells in NS: 6.47%
Rank in Canada: 12

#8 White

Incidence: 4,371
Frequency: 1:224
Percent of Canada’s Whites in NS: 7.70%
Rank in Canada: 21

#9 Fraser

Incidence: 4,359
Frequency: 1:225
Percent of Canada’s Frasers NS: 12.57%
Rank in Canada: 65

#10 MacLeod

Incidence: 4,257
Frequency: 1:230
Percent of Canada’s MacLeods in NS: 22.67%
Rank in Canada: 202

#11 Murphy

Incidence: 3,756
Frequency: 1:261
Percent of Canada’s Murphys in NS: 9.87%
Rank in Canada: 51

#12 MacKenzie

Incidence: 3,494
Frequency: 1:280
Percent of Canada’s MacKenzies in: 16.33%
Rank in Canada: 162

#13 MacKinnon

Incidence: 3,399
Frequency: 1:288
Percent of Canada’s MacKinnons in NS: 26.30%
Rank in Canada: 352

#14 Boudreau

Incidence: 3,169
Frequency: 1:309
Percent of Canada’s Boudreaus in NS: 13.15%
Rank in Canada: 133

#15 Young

Incidence: 3,088
Frequency: 1:317
Percent of Canada’s Youngs in NS: 5.72%
Rank in Canada: 24

#16 Cameron

Incidence: 3,047
Frequency: 1:321
Percent of Canada’s Camerons in NS: 10.61
Rank in Canada: 93

#17 Gillis

Incidence: 3,043
Frequency: 1:322
Percent of Canada’s Gillis’: 30.28%
Rank in Canada: 481

#18 Williams

Incidence: 3,037
Frequency: 1:322
Percent of Canada’s Williams In NS: 4.77%
Rank in Canada: 17

#19 Taylor

Incidence: 3,005
Frequency: 1:326
Percent of Canada’s Taylors in NS: 4.20%
Rank in Canada: 11

#20 Johnson

Incidence: 2,819
Frequency: 1:347
Percent of Canada’s Johnsons in NS: 3.55%
Rank in Canada: 9

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