Family names like Smith, Johnson, Williams, and Brown have been among the most popular in the United States for decades. While such names will not likely disappear anytime soon, changing birthrates and immigration patterns have made some less familiar names far more common than they once were.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from technology company Ancestry to identify the fastest growing last names in the United States. The names come from a range of backgrounds, spanning Europe and Asia. Every name on this list, even though many only encompass fewer than 100,000 individuals, has became at least 50% more common between 2000 and 2010.
Unlike first names, family names do not reflect popular naming trends. Rather, increased prevalence of certain surnames often reflects broad demographic changes.