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Saturday, November 17, 2007

A Surge in Spanish Surnames

This won't come as news to anyone who follows Major League Baseball, but Hispanic surnames are becoming more prevalent.

Smith remains the most common surname in the United States, according to a new analysis released yesterday by the Census Bureau. But for the first time, two Hispanic surnames — Garcia and Rodriguez — are among the top 10 most common in the nation, and Martinez nearly edged out Wilson for 10th place.
And yet, only one of Ben & Jerry's 44 ice cream flavors has a Hispanic last name.
The Census Bureau’s analysis found that some surnames were especially associated with race and ethnicity.

More than 96 percent of Yoders, Kruegers, Muellers, Kochs, Schwartzes, Schmitts and Novaks were white. Nearly 90 percent of the Washingtons were black, as were 75 percent of the Jeffersons, 66 percent of the Bookers, 54 percent of the Banks and 53 percent of the Mosleys. [Link]
[Thanks, Nancy!]

Joy

The article that you linked to includes this myth that just won't die: "Demographers pointed to more than one factor in explaining the increase in Hispanic surnames. Generations ago, immigration officials sometimes arbitrarily Anglicized or simplified names when foreigners arrived from Europe." Those darned demographers!

Joy

Chris

I didn't catch that whopper. The Times reporter, Sam Roberts, has written about Ellis Island several times before, and should know better.

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