I’m joining in Saturday Night Genealogy Fun blog meme hosted by Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings. This weeks challenge is:

**1) Go into your Genealogy Management Program (GMP; either software on your computer, or an online family tree) and figure out how to Count how many surnames you have in your family tree database. **

**2) Tell us which GMP you're using and how you did this task. **

**3) Tell us how many surnames are in your database and, if possible, which Surname has the most entries. If this excites you, tell us which surnames are in the top 5! Or 10!! Or 20!!! **

**4) Write about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, in a status or comment on Facebook, or in Google Plus Stream post.**

My main genealogy database is in RootsMagic 7. I do use a number of programs but chose RootsMagic for this challenge because has my largest database currently.

To find out how many surnames are in my database I went to the Reports menu tab and selected List. From that popup menu I chose Surname Statistics List. The surname statistics list offers a number of sorting selections. I chose to sort by surname frequency.

This produced a 78 page report and each page contained about 49 names. I wasn’t going to sit and count them all! This gives me an estimated number of surnames 3822.

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My top 20 surnames are:

**MCINROY** 429 people from 1781 to 1998
**UNKNOWN** 420 people from 1741 to 1973
**GARDINER** 344 people from 1645 to 2010
**GALLANT** 304 people from 1712 to1996
**HASLETT** 298 people from 1712 to 2006
**ANDERSON** 290 people from 1620 to 2008
**FERRIER** 264 people from 1753 to 1982
**ROBICHAUD** 233 people from 1609 to 2012
**SPITZ** 232 people from 1657 to 1933
**MCKEOWN** 218 people from 1805 to 2010
**HAZLETT **198 people from 1760 to 2009
**MILLS** 197 people from 1672 to 2014
**MCCREA** 196 people from 1725 to 2000
**WILSON** 189 people from 1678 to 1998
**REID** 189 people from 1838 to 1988
**@@ **167 people from 1808 to 1985
**WATSON** 161 people from 1676 to 1981
**HEATH** 153 people from 1793 to 1993
**BADGEROW** 152 people from 1745 to 2006
**HOWATT** 143 people from 1763 to 1997

This was an interesting topic to look at. First I’ve discovered that I have way to many “unknown” names for my liking. These span a wide range of time. Some of these are in my direct lines, however many are in distant cousin branches. It’s on my to-do list to try and figure out who these people are. I also see that at some point I’ve imported/merged a cousins database who used @@ symbols in the name field. ARG! I no longer import gedcoms into my master file, but I will have to go back and clean that up as well.Labels: genealogy, RootsMagic, Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, surnames