The Common Nigerian Surnames

Nigeria, known as the Giant of Africa, is one of the most populous countries in Africa with a rich cultural diversity. In Nigeria, just like in many other countries, surnames play an important role in defining one's heritage and ancestry. In this article, we will take a closer look at some of the most common surnames in Nigeria.

Ranking Last Name Incidence Letters
1 Ibrahim 1871538 7
2 Abubakar 1685287 8
3 Aliyu 1342157 5
4 Mohammed 1284727 8
5 Abdullahi 1209146 9
6 Musa 1198170 4
7 Usman 1097599 5
8 Akpan 1052412 5
9 Adamu 946424 5
10 Bello 916188 5
11 Yusuf 828836 5
12 Sunday 795638 6
13 Muhammed 763011 8
14 Isah 741897 4
15 Umar 724943 4
16 Sani 719750 4
17 John 704140 4
18 Salisu 677293 6
19 Lawal 660856 5
20 Udo 598464 3
21 Adebayo 595396 7
22 Hassan 582565 6
23 Ojo 559743 3
24 Jimoh 543791 5
25 Muhammad 534741 8
26 Umaru 525916 5
27 Ajayi 523094 5
28 Garba 508756 5
29 Okon 495231 4
30 Emmanuel 479503 8
31 Samuel 474905 6
32 Joseph 468616 6
33 James 465619 5
34 Saidu 452437 5
35 Rabiu 446354 5
36 Yakubu 440035 6
37 Ali 439116 3
38 Haruna 429954 6
39 Eze 420880 3
40 Audu 413605 4
41 Dauda 410220 5
42 Balogun 401855 7
43 Shehu 400725 5
44 Peter 380139 5
45 Muhammadu 368193 9
46 Yahaya 364889 6
47 Azeez 364365 5
48 Adeyemi 360849 7
49 Idris 347801 5
50 Ahmed 339870 5
51 Afolabi 333175 7
52 Bassey 329677 6
53 Chukwu 326509 6
54 Daniel 325649 6
55 Idowu 322081 5
56 Okoro 315810 5
57 David 314344 5
58 Kabiru 311575 6
59 Salami 311000 6
60 Igwe 307549 4
61 Sule 304540 4
62 Salihu 296694 6
63 Taiwo 295502 5
64 Kalu 281700 4
65 Nwankwo 279915 7
66 Lawan 275792 5
67 Dahiru 274404 6
68 Nuhu 269942 4
69 Shuaibu 267641 7
70 Isa 266249 3
71 Aminu 265919 5
72 Mustapha 265260 8
73 Alabi 264818 5
74 Johnson 262522 7
75 Etim 257028 4
76 Moses 256033 5
77 Ogbonna 255438 7
78 Alhaji 250622 6
79 Nura 249606 4
80 Udoh 247230 4
81 Tijani 246877 6
82 Adeniyi 245575 7
83 Nasiru 244901 6
84 Adeleke 243956 7
85 Amadi 238262 5
86 Bala 232715 4
87 Yunusa 225220 6
88 Okafor 225084 6
89 Bukar 222358 5
90 Suleiman 221910 8
91 Abu 220321 3
92 Nwachukwu 218001 9
93 Babatunde 216205 9
94 Effiong 211989 7
95 Magaji 211765 6
96 Sanni 211753 5
97 Adekunle 209704 8
98 Nweke 206701 5
99 Okorie 205924 6
100 Paul 204728 4
101 Samaila 203136 7
102 Kareem 202338 6
103 Babalola 194047 8
104 Owolabi 193706 7
105 Oke 191715 3
106 Monday 189872 6
107 Bakare 189466 6
108 Sanusi 187641 6
109 Umoh 187252 4
110 Friday 187140 6
111 Jibrin 187023 6
112 Njoku 184544 5
113 Solomon 183166 7
114 Essien 181105 6
115 Edet 179623 4
116 Hamisu 179399 6
117 Jacob 179374 5
118 Olatunji 178626 8
119 Isaac 177949 5
120 Danjuma 177871 7
121 George 177007 6
122 Raji 174180 4
123 Orji 174098 4
124 Okeke 173603 5
125 Ohakwu 173395 6
126 Amadu 172031 5
127 Danladi 171088 7
128 Akinola 171012 7
129 Godwin 169529 6
130 Shaibu 168408 6
131 Nwafor 166867 6
132 Auwal 166140 5
133 Adeoye 165860 6
134 Adeyemo 165366 7
135 Jamilu 165182 6
136 Michael 164453 7
137 Ayodele 163063 7
138 Kolawole 162404 8
139 Aliu 162292 4
140 Obi 160007 3
141 Tukur 159161 5
142 Ahmadu 154628 6
143 Amos 154031 4
144 Popoola 150498 7
145 Dada 149838 4
146 Lawali 149814 6
147 Adegoke 149650 7
148 Sulaiman 148048 8
149 Adedeji 147995 7
150 Gabriel 147589 7
151 Nwosu 146341 5
152 Mamman 146299 6
153 Oseni 146040 5
154 Akande 145981 6
155 Micheal 145393 7
156 Adewale 144350 7
157 Shittu 142448 6
158 Murtala 141214 7
159 Joshua 139799 6
160 Inyang 138545 6
161 Agboola 135736 7
162 Oni 135642 3
163 Thomas 134917 6
164 Muazu 134699 5
165 Saliu 132845 5
166 Akinyemi 131585 8
167 Agbo 130566 4
168 Adesina 129830 7
169 Auwalu 129237 6
170 Chuku 127894 5
171 Ekpo 127587 4
172 Ogunleye 126680 8
173 Saminu 126355 6
174 Suleman 126309 7
175 Onuoha 124713 6
176 Mohammadu 124574 9
177 Anthony 123429 7
178 Obasi 122882 5
179 Adepoju 122864 7
180 Olanrewaju 121951 10
181 Saka 121598 4
182 Uche 120668 4
183 Abdulahi 120603 8
184 Asuquo 120495 6
185 Mathew 119832 6
186 Ogbu 118277 4
187 Adeniran 117836 8
188 Abraham 117824 7
189 Ogbonda 117546 7
190 Buhari 116291 6
191 Williams 115845 8
192 Adeleye 115839 7
193 Abdul 115781 5
194 Zubairu 115562 7
195 Ahmad 115363 5
196 Inusa 115117 5
197 Ugwu 114797 4
198 Adeniji 114697 7
199 Ismaila 114634 7
200 Samson 114462 6
201 Francis 114256 7
202 Edeh 113897 4
203 Ganiyu 113726 6
204 Stephen 112730 7
205 Baba 112630 4
206 Ademola 112371 7
207 Olaleye 112171 7
208 Okonkwo 112077 7
209 Eke 111782 3
210 Ezekiel 111694 7
211 Bankole 111429 7
212 Ayeni 111223 5
213 Anyanwu 110758 7
214 Inuwa 109949 5
215 Iliya 109746 5
216 Lateef 109657 6
217 Simon 109115 5
218 Habibu 108958 6
219 Ekanem 108785 6
220 Iliyasu 108661 7
221 Oyewole 107908 7
222 Raheem 106036 6
223 Momoh 103180 5
224 Okereke 102579 7
225 Agwu 102485 4
226 Jonah 102391 5
227 Adesanya 102196 8
228 Ayuba 102173 5
229 Isiaka 100432 6
230 Aisha 100152 5
231 Alhassan 97433 8
232 Hammed 97344 6
233 Olaniyan 97097 8
234 Adebisi 96743 7
235 Adekoya 96385 7
236 Okoye 96137 5
237 Adebiyi 95761 7
238 Buba 94983 4
239 Isyaku 94587 6
240 Adetunji 94524 8
241 Tijjani 94371 7
242 Rasheed 94371 7
243 Habu 94333 4
244 Hussaini 94283 8
245 Benjamin 94147 8
246 Usaini 94112 6
247 Abdulsalam 93965 10
248 Babangida 93864 9
249 Ismail 93582 6
250 Agu 93541 3
251 Basiru 93274 6
252 Sale 92657 4
253 Gbadamosi 92175 9
254 Bulus 91350 5
255 Alao 91344 4
256 Ayoola 91068 6
257 Edem 90962 4
258 Saadu 90405 5
259 Abiodun 90250 7
260 Ajibola 90143 7
261 Ibe 90114 3
262 Sabiu 89749 5
263 Aina 89666 4
264 Alade 89631 5
265 Okpara 89548 6
266 Benson 88971 6
267 Muktar 88323 6
268 Salau 87758 5
269 Adigun 87570 6
270 Matthew 86805 7
271 Oladele 86788 7
272 Ummaru 86404 6
273 Oloyede 86074 7
274 Olajide 85899 7
275 Wahab 85880 5
276 Akanbi 85291 6
277 Nwaeze 84902 6
278 Thompson 84084 8
279 Mohammad 84049 8
280 Alimi 83466 5
281 Bitrus 83242 6
282 Dike 83042 4
283 Idi 82926 3
284 Oko 82907 3
285 Augustine 82477 9
286 Odoh 80931 4
287 Olayiwola 80624 9
288 Mark 80422 4
289 Daramola 80092 8
290 Tom 79379 3
291 Okoh 79167 4
292 Bawa 78467 4
293 Akindele 78373 8
294 Ayinde 78337 6
295 Dickson 78302 7
296 Bamidele 77960 8
297 Christopher 77878 11
298 Ige 77660 3
299 Ameh 77027 4
300 Okechukwu 76983 9
301 Ishaya 76795 6
302 Jackson 76641 7
303 Opara 76588 5
304 Adewole 76406 7
305 Patrick 76088 7
306 Onwe 75657 4
307 Ben 75546 3
308 Adams 75434 5
309 Sampson 73827 7
310 Ogbonnaya 73491 9
311 Obot 73203 4
312 Ishaku 73097 6
313 Olaniyi 73053 7
314 Kehinde 72910 7
315 Nnamani 72888 7
316 Jonathan 72643 8
317 Kayode 72522 6
318 Hamza 72390 5
319 Okere 72249 5
320 Ashiru 72163 6
321 Ogunyemi 71919 8
322 Ede 71913 3
323 Aremu 71889 5
324 Tanimu 71523 6
325 Eyo 71466 3
326 Adam 71366 4
327 Elijah 71242 6
328 Chima 71165 5
329 Idoko 70839 5
330 Ani 70741 3
331 Bashiru 70628 7
332 Ummar 70201 5
333 Abel 70117 4
334 Raimi 70005 5
335 Sunusi 69872 6
336 Adewumi 69758 7
337 Victor 69440 6
338 Abiola 69411 6
339 Philip 69346 6
340 Haladu 69219 6
341 Ode 68686 3
342 Andrew 68651 6
343 Ishola 68561 6
344 Ajibade 67812 7
345 Halilu 67333 6
346 Frank 67291 5
347 Timothy 67256 7
348 Ossai 67228 5
349 Olayinka 67226 8
350 Yusuff 67179 6
351 Oladapo 67026 7
352 Oluwole 66843 7
353 Salawu 66799 6
354 Liman 66761 5
355 Etuk 66661 4
356 Ladan 66570 5
357 Ndukwe 66478 6
358 Madu 66461 4
359 William 66402 7
360 Ogundipe 66078 8
361 Onu 65907 3
362 Isaiah 65895 6
363 Jack 65895 4
364 Ajala 65566 5
365 Osi 65472 3
366 Badamasi 65423 8
367 Jeremiah 65324 8
368 Garuba 65299 6
369 Adeyeye 64865 7
370 Chinda 64252 6
371 Lasisi 64125 6
372 Mba 64011 3
373 Sabo 63999 4
374 Sam 63846 3
375 Zakari 63664 6
376 Manu 63659 4
377 Nwogu 63640 5
378 Yahuza 63339 6
379 Ajani 63193 5
380 Yau 63146 3
381 Kazeem 63037 6
382 Mamuda 62923 6
383 Clement 62851 7
384 Abdu 62722 4
385 Ajao 62274 4
386 Giwa 62215 4
387 Amodu 61746 5
388 Hashimu 61688 7
389 Alasan 61614 6
390 Worlu 61323 5
391 Rufai 61320 5
392 Bako 61173 4
393 Oladipupo 60675 9
394 Danlami 60430 7
395 Oladimeji 60356 9
396 Onah 59949 4
397 Wobo 59897 4
398 Ekong 59548 5
399 Yohanna 59468 7
400 Duru 59195 4
401 Ude 58971 3
402 Charlse 58944 7
403 Egbe 58853 4
404 Badmus 58779 6
405 Gambo 58729 5
406 Amesi 58701 5
407 Abah 58628 4
408 Oladejo 58598 7
409 Ozuru 58302 5
410 Eneotu 58287 6
411 Ichendu 58177 7
412 Ukoma 58126 5
413 Nkomadu 57995 7
414 Tasiu 57972 5
415 Aguomba 57942 7
416 Osoji 57806 5
417 Ojonjoku 57771 8
418 Anwukweru 57759 9
419 Ieben 57757 5
420 Oladipo 57728 7
421 Udofia 57413 6
422 Ugochukwu 57244 9
423 Salako 57234 6
424 Galadima 57188 8
425 Brown 57128 5
426 Hamidu 57120 6
427 Sahabi 57040 6
428 Okoli 56892 5
429 Awe 56851 3
430 Fatai 56650 5
431 Tanko 56598 5
432 Tajudeen 56526 8
433 Adama 56521 5
434 Lamidi 56066 6
435 Egwu 56045 4
436 Goni 55970 4
437 Olawale 55902 7
438 Ogundele 55819 8
439 Robert 55632 6
440 Adisa 55420 5
441 Ike 55420 3
442 Muritala 55408 8
443 Kanu 55173 4
444 Umeh 54843 4
445 Nelson 54666 6
446 Innocent 54578 8
447 Ndubuisi 54319 8
448 Sulaimon 54277 8
449 Akanni 54207 6
450 Saleh 54137 5
451 Abba 54054 4
452 Nwoye 53820 5
453 Ibraheem 53760 8
454 Lawrence 53683 8
455 Jegede 53512 6
456 Nwali 53233 5
457 Busari 53194 6
458 Wilson 53177 6
459 Emeka 53100 5
460 Adedokun 52736 8
461 Adewunmi 52600 8
462 Idiris 52573 6
463 Bulama 52571 6
464 Okoronkwo 52347 9
465 Attah 52245 5
466 Aluko 51940 5
467 Azubuike 51930 8
468 Surajo 51806 6
469 Abdulazeez 51728 10
470 Pius 51416 4
471 Abdulkadir 51033 10
472 Tiamiyu 51027 7
473 Joel 50986 4
474 Sadiq 50933 5
475 Jibril 50927 6
476 Labaran 50631 7
477 Odo 50427 3
478 Udeh 50415 4
479 Kasimu 49974 6
480 Archibong 49972 9
481 Nnaji 49956 5
482 Yaya 49932 4
483 Husaini 49780 7
484 Isiyaku 49649 7
485 Charles 49420 7
486 Edward 49361 6
487 Ukpong 49101 6
488 Waheed 49067 6
489 Odeh 48914 4
490 Onoja 48912 5
491 Otu 48893 3
492 Felix 48419 5
493 Quadri 48396 6
494 Jumbo 48325 5
495 Abass 48048 5
496 Elom 47907 4
497 Alozie 47830 6
498 Ezeh 47813 4
499 Ekpenyong 47767 9
500 Kadiri 47689 6
501 Sambo 47589 5
502 Onyema 47498 6
503 Ikechukwu 47442 9
504 Umukoro 47402 7
505 Chukwuma 47371 8
506 Salaudeen 47321 9
507 Egbo 47286 4
508 Job 47188 3
509 Madaki 47177 6
510 Onwuka 47153 6
511 Olaoye 46982 6
512 Agada 46851 5
513 Ajiboye 46578 7
514 Richard 46441 7
515 Uzoma 46393 5
516 Alo 46382 3
517 Amaechi 46252 7
518 Olarewaju 46198 9
519 Silas 46058 5
520 Afolayan 45762 8
521 Umoru 45728 5
522 Onyebuchi 45507 9
523 Julius 45457 6
524 Ebong 45328 5
525 Maryam 45270 6
526 Atiku 45252 5
527 Dan 45086 3
528 Omotosho 45059 8
529 Dick 45004 4
530 Makinde 44953 7
531 Alli 44951 4
532 Rafiu 44877 5
533 Adeosun 44693 7
534 Alfa 44146 4
535 Olalekan 44019 8
536 Mustafa 43909 7
537 Nwobodo 43773 7
538 Adejumo 43712 7
539 Jimmy 43620 5
540 Adeyinka 43585 8
541 Nwabueze 43565 8
542 Ilesanmi 43473 8
543 Vincent 43467 7
544 Akinsanya 43438 9
545 Alfred 43343 6
546 Jamiu 43293 5
547 Ogbodo 43156 6
548 Okolo 43055 5
549 Ifeanyi 43047 7
550 Balarabe 43023 8
551 Abdulrahaman 43010 12
552 Martins 42813 7
553 Hudu 42758 4
554 Ugwuanyi 42648 8
555 Hadiza 42602 6
556 Ejike 42600 5
557 Ola 42590 3
558 Harry 42578 5
559 Wakili 42400 6
560 Nafiu 42341 5
561 Omoniyi 42143 7
562 Abbakar 42087 7
563 Yaro 41972 4
564 Wasiu 41934 5
565 Ibeh 41665 4
566 Fatima 41618 6
567 Adebowale 41520 9
568 Oladeji 41440 7
569 Abdulkareem 41318 11
570 Noah 41306 4
571 Nwoke 41206 5
572 Malami 41202 6
573 Ajah 41198 4
574 Lauwali 40922 7
575 Sarki 40797 5
576 Moshood 40299 7
577 Alonge 40270 6
578 Yekini 40204 6
579 Saheed 40155 6
580 Shitu 40076 5
581 Jafaru 39794 6
582 Uzor 39765 4
583 Briggs 39604 6
584 Akor 39589 4
585 Omale 39483 5
586 Oyedele 39331 7
587 Adeshina 39245 8
588 Bashir 39222 6
589 Okoroafor 39075 9
590 Olatunde 39066 8
591 Adeola 39018 6
592 Titus 38951 5
593 Bature 38937 6
594 Modu 38674 4
595 Dalhatu 38669 7
596 Uba 38486 3
597 Animashaun 38350 10
598 Mbam 38288 4
599 Adeboye 38283 7
600 Salam 38221 5
601 Henry 37920 5
602 Olabode 37914 7
603 Ukaegbu 37817 7
604 Shafiu 37774 6
605 Zakariya 37710 8
606 Yusufu 37687 6
607 Shamsu 37576 6
608 Ogundare 37563 8
609 Babayo 37522 6
610 Ngwu 37514 4
611 Amusa 37468 5
612 Simeon 37449 6
613 Nwodo 37441 5
614 Okolie 37302 6
615 Amina 37178 5
616 Ubani 37131 5
617 Akinwande 37002 9
618 Adediran 36917 8
619 Olagunju 36728 8
620 Mallam 36690 6
621 Komolafe 36598 8
622 Salifu 36560 6
623 Aderibigbe 36548 10
624 Yinusa 36409 6
625 Rabi 36389 4
626 Nworie 36072 6
627 Safiyanu 36067 8
628 Oche 36007 4
629 Issa 35971 4
630 Akeem 35888 5
631 Omotayo 35867 7
632 Okezie 35854 6
633 Ekeh 35812 4
634 Ogu 35765 3
635 Osuji 35700 5
636 Ariyo 35636 5
637 Eneh 35516 4
638 Faruk 35258 5
639 Adu 35188 3
640 Lucky 35123 5
641 Adeyanju 35092 8
642 Akintunde 35082 9
643 Reuben 34976 6
644 Muntari 34941 7
645 Ogunsanya 34900 9
646 Ado 34864 3
647 Hauwa 34850 5
648 Uko 34668 3
649 Akintola 34618 8
650 Nduka 34612 5
651 Oyeniyi 34518 7
652 Nnadi 34364 5
653 Chukwuemeka 34340 11
654 Adewuyi 34323 7
655 Jubril 34297 6
656 Obiora 34282 6
657 Nathaniel 34252 9
658 Dogo 34210 4
659 Marcus 34058 6
660 Olaiya 34025 6
661 Chukwudi 33821 8
662 Mani 33663 4
663 Josiah 33657 6
664 Linus 33515 5
665 Albert 33457 6
666 Haliru 33415 6
667 Asogwa 33298 6
668 Alu 33286 3
669 Halliru 33060 7
670 Mande 33057 5
671 Umoren 33052 6
672 Ayo 33033 3
673 Asabe 33003 5
674 Abdulmumini 32897 11
675 Nweze 32796 5
676 Onuh 32716 4
677 Abbas 32550 5
678 Sikiru 32409 6
679 Adebanjo 32383 8
680 Ugo 32350 3
681 Dominic 32256 7
682 Onyekwere 32162 9
683 Ugwuoke 32052 7
684 Folorunsho 31986 10
685 Chinedu 31932 7
686 Abioye 31930 6
687 Offor 31861 5
688 Olalere 31726 7
689 Abe 31649 3
690 Lukman 31579 6
691 Akpa 31528 4
692 Ebere 31484 5
693 Oluwafemi 31434 9
694 Folorunso 31402 9
695 Odeyemi 31301 7
696 Olayemi 31296 7
697 Abdulrahman 31172 11
698 Owoeye 30992 6
699 Rufus 30807 5
700 Ibekwe 30801 6
701 Iheanacho 30766 9
702 Kaka 30750 4
703 Ishaka 30548 6
704 Alaba 30519 5
705 Akinwale 30517 8
706 Hamzat 30500 6
707 Gyang 30481 5
708 Chukwuka 30367 8
709 Banjo 30342 5
710 Onifade 30328 7
711 Willie 30313 6
712 Ekpe 30303 4
713 Oga 30254 3
714 Luka 30248 4
715 Ogunsola 30161 8
716 Adegboyega 30147 10
717 Agbaje 30040 6
718 Gimba 30013 5
719 Emenike 30006 7
720 Abdulwahab 30006 10
721 Oladosu 29984 7
722 Yisa 29938 4
723 Musbahu 29918 7
724 Odu 29706 3
725 Igbo 29634 4
726 Kawu 29600 4
727 Adekola 29563 7
728 Boniface 29512 8
729 Adegbite 29493 8
730 Jatau 29355 5
731 Iwuoha 29336 6
732 Uwakwe 29209 6
733 Edwin 29141 5
734 Zainab 29132 6
735 Sagir 29090 5
736 Altine 29088 6
737 Dennis 28958 6
738 Nyong 28719 5
739 Segun 28688 5
740 Yussuf 28664 6
741 Okpe 28604 4
742 Zayyanu 28598 7
743 Christian 28582 9
744 Mutari 28469 6
745 Olorunfemi 28452 10
746 Babagana 28441 8
747 Uka 28373 3
748 Udom 28363 4
749 Habila 28298 6
750 Igbokwe 28293 7
751 Ita 28275 3
752 Bolaji 28194 6
753 Chime 28137 5
754 Mukaila 28036 7
755 Jauro 27969 5
756 Rasaq 27966 5
757 Sadiku 27934 6
758 Atanda 27915 6
759 Oladokun 27885 8
760 Ajewole 27881 7
761 Mode 27881 4
762 Adedayo 27774 7
763 Festus 27687 6
764 Ramon 27675 5
765 Isreal 27545 6
766 Bashar 27445 6
767 Okunola 27427 7
768 Aaron 27404 5
769 Alkali 27380 6
770 Ilyasu 27371 6
771 Nurudeen 27359 8
772 Amoo 27288 4
773 Arowolo 27287 7
774 Omotoso 27224 7
775 Falade 27180 6
776 Badejo 27139 6
777 Ama 27115 3
778 Ogah 26919 4
779 Israel 26903 6
780 Peters 26886 6
781 Chimezie 26829 8
782 Ibitoye 26755 7
783 Maigari 26735 7
784 Odey 26715 4
785 Kasali 26576 6
786 Adegbola 26522 8
787 Onuorah 26479 7
788 Faruku 26474 6
789 Mbah 26474 4
790 Ademu 26444 5
791 Adah 26379 4
792 Oji 26373 3
793 Akinpelu 26299 8
794 Attahiru 26242 8
795 Adegboye 26210 8
796 Aja 26173 3
797 Robinson 26167 8
798 Talabi 26138 6
799 Chia 26132 4
800 Ubale 26112 5
801 Obinna 26108 6
802 Agbor 26104 5
803 Ade 26085 3
804 Aneke 26077 5
805 Iwuchukwu 26020 9
806 Abdulganiyu 25973 11
807 Chidi 25961 5
808 Uchendu 25953 7
809 Oti 25849 3
810 Malam 25820 5
811 Abdulmalik 25802 10
812 Sirajo 25762 6
813 Ilori 25701 5
814 Olanipekun 25700 10
815 Pepple 25608 6
816 Dayyabu 25582 7
817 Alhasan 25526 7
818 Abdulkarim 25520 10
819 Ayoade 25452 6
820 Ayinla 25425 6
821 Nwoko 25372 5
822 Amuda 25330 5
823 Agba 25314 4
824 Alex 25296 4
825 Tunde 25231 5
826 Ogbe 25223 4
827 Yohana 25192 6
828 Joe 25184 3
829 Agha 25107 4
830 Johnny 25031 6
831 Ogunlade 25030 8
832 Douglas 24990 7
833 Etukudo 24983 7
834 Luke 24925 4
835 Kingsley 24890 8
836 Mahammad 24738 8
837 Obodo 24674 5
838 Imo 24607 3
839 Arinze 24601 6
840 Ejeh 24552 4
841 Aruna 24507 5
842 Ada 24430 3
843 Ilo 24426 3
844 Maduka 24413 6
845 Lazarus 24407 7
846 Modi 24407 4
847 Nwibo 24401 5
848 Ibanga 24387 6
849 Yerima 24371 6
850 Falana 24371 6
851 Dare 24307 4
852 Halima 24298 6
853 Anya 24282 4
854 Hameed 24260 6
855 Fasasi 24188 6
856 Adesola 24146 7
857 Mahammed 24046 8
858 Maazu 24039 5
859 Olawuyi 24032 7
860 Wada 24012 4
861 Davies 24000 6
862 Ojukwu 23989 6
863 Ayodeji 23957 7
864 Lawson 23912 6
865 Daudu 23878 5
866 Harrison 23877 8
867 Onwukwe 23853 7
868 Bada 23830 4
869 Shaaibu 23790 7
870 Isiya 23766 5
871 Mudi 23748 4
872 Aderemi 23700 7
873 Hauwau 23685 6
874 Osakwe 23682 6
875 Seidu 23677 5
876 Onuigbo 23623 7
877 Adio 23495 4
878 Aba 23453 3
879 Ekundayo 23450 8
880 Halidu 23447 6
881 Zaki 23447 4
882 Olasupo 23407 7
883 Chika 23373 5
884 Igboke 23353 6
885 Rasaki 23282 6
886 Ajadi 23247 5
887 Adeagbo 23109 7
888 Enoch 23105 5
889 Oyedeji 23026 7
890 Mahmud 22999 6
891 Akanji 22981 6
892 Saturday 22929 8
893 Falalu 22919 6
894 Abubaka 22889 7
895 Auta 22835 4
896 Mathias 22817 7
897 Osho 22792 4
898 Adedoyin 22625 8
899 Abia 22558 4
900 Bolarinwa 22532 9
901 Olaitan 22504 7
902 Fred 22458 4
903 Okpo 22428 4
904 Nwaosu 22426 6
905 Hussani 22391 7
906 Idrisu 22364 6
907 Ango 22358 4
908 Ofem 22254 4
909 Olu 22215 3
910 Adelakun 22208 8
911 Akinsola 22180 8
912 Kamilu 22105 6
913 Olotu 22075 5
914 Gbadebo 22051 7
915 Ogwuche 22045 7
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Nigeria is a country in West Africa with a population of approximately 200 million people. With over 250 different ethnic groups and languages spoken, it is a diverse nation both culturally and linguistically. One way to understand the cultural and linguistic diversity of Nigeria is through the study of its most common surnames. Let's take a look at the top ten surnames in Nigeria and what they may reveal about the country's history and culture.

Yoruba Surnames

The Yoruba people are one of the largest ethnic groups in Nigeria and their surnames reflect their rich culture and history. The most common Yoruba surnames include Adeyemi, Ajayi, Akintoye, Akinwunmi, and Alabi. These surnames are often passed down from ancestors who were leaders, warriors, or held other significant roles in Yoruba society.

Igbo Surnames

The Igbo people are another large ethnic group in Nigeria, known for their entrepreneurial spirit and academic achievement. The most common Igbo surnames include Nwankwo, Okonkwo, Nwosu, Okafor, and Eze. Many of these surnames are derived from Igbo words that connote wealth, power, or other desirable traits.

Hausa Surnames

The Hausa people are predominantly found in northern Nigeria and are known for their Islamic faith and strong cultural traditions. The most common Hausa surnames include Abdullahi, Mohammed, Danjuma, Sani, and Musa. These surnames often contain Arabic or Islamic influences, reflecting the Hausa people's long history of trade and interaction with other Muslim societies.

Other Popular Surnames

Beyond the three main ethnic groups in Nigeria, there are many other surnames that are common across the country. Some of these include Onuoha, Amadi, Ibe, Ebuka, and Egbuna. These surnames may reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of Nigeria, as well as the country's historical ties to colonialism and migration.

Conclusion

In Nigeria, as in many other countries, surnames can be a window into cultural and historical influences. Whether inherited from ancestors who were leaders, warriors, or immigrants from other regions, these surnames reflect the rich diversity of Nigeria's people and their experiences.