What about Jones, Williams, Johnson and Davis? There is no German equivalent to those names. The 5 most common surnames in the US are Smith, Johnson, Williams, Brown and Jones. The 5 most common surnames in England are Smith, Jones, Taylor, Brown and Williams. Taylor is #10 in the US, Johnson is #7 in England. This is not a coincidence. The US was founded by English people as an English colony. Until the 1800's, the vast majority of white immigrants to what is now the US came from England. Most white Americans are descended from English people, whether they are aware of this fact or not.