A person’s name is one of the most basic pieces of information that describes them. Moreso than a person’s race, sex or age, we most often recognize people by their name. But names are not divorced from other aspects of an individual. Often, by knowing a name, we can infer many other things about the person. Names also have a historical context, ebbing and increasing over time with changes in popular culture.

The data for this project were taken from records from the 2000, 1990 decennial census of population made by US Census and other goverment agency sources.

We provide following information on last names:

Top 50 most popular last names in the USA

# Last Name People count Rank 2000 Rank 1990 Position change
1 Smith 2376206 1 1
2 Johnson 1857160 2 2
3 Williams 1534042 3 3
4 Brown 1380145 4 5 1
5 Jones 1362755 5 4 -1
6 Miller 1127803 6 7 1
7 Davis 1072335 7 6 -1
8 Garcia 858289 8 18 10
9 Rodriguez 804240 9 22 13
10 Wilson 783051 10 8 -2
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Top 10 last names with maximum population change

# Last Name People count Rank change Population delta
1 Brown 1380145 1 -150960
2 Rodriguez 804240 13 55597
3 Garcia 858289 10 55076
4 Hernandez 706372 14 49340
5 Martinez 775072 8 41327
6 Gonzalez 597718 15 33215
7 Lopez 621536 11 26975
8 Nguyen 310125 172 21386
9 Ramirez 388987 28 15248
10 Sanchez 441242 19 14812
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