There are 1,643,827 registered voters in Kansas, but they share 106,940 names.
For those with deep roots in the state, our last names can reflect where our ancestors settled, as well as our religion and culture.
Immigrants often settled in communities with other family and friends.
We have Swedes in Lindsborg, Italians near Pittsburg, Croatians near Kansas City and Czechs near Wilson.
Many German Catholic families settled around Hays; German Mennonite families settled in and around Newton. Still others settled along the route of the Santa Fe Railroad, in part because railroad recruiters in Europe encouraged settlement in Kansas.
People with German surnames in Kansas tend to be Lutheran, Catholic or Mennonite. People with Scottish names tend to be Presbyterian. People with English names tend to be Baptists and/or Methodists, according to Robert Linder, professor of history at Kansas State University, who has written about religion and politics.
There are 2,475 voters in the state whose last names match the name of the county where they live. They include 35 Browns, 22 Butlers, 21 Smiths, 20 Crawfords, 17 Andersons, 17 Rileys, 14 Allens, 14 Jacksons, 10 Fords, 10 Montgomerys, nine Franklins, six Harveys and 2,217 Johnsons.
There are 44 Lawrences living in Lawrence, by the way, 13 Hutchinsons living in Hutchinson, six Ellises in Ellis, four Hayses in Hays, four Newtons in Newton and four Yoders in Yoder.
There are no registered Russells in Russell, no Lincolns in Lincoln, no Leons in Leon, no Lyons in Lyons and no Peabodys in Peabody.
Question: By far, what is the most common surname in Kansas?
Answer to Saturday’s question: The winter of 1905.
Check Kansas.com Monday for the answer to today’s question.