Having a common last night can be a good thing or a bad thing.

It can be a bad thing when FBI agents show up with a subpoena for someone with your exact name, but it's not you. Since FBI agents hear the "that's not me" excuse all the time, you can imagine how hard it was for me to prove I was not the one who needed to be in handcuffs.

Often, people with common last names clustered in an area are all descendants of original settlers.  It used to take many generations for extended families to lose track of one another.  Today, with the way people move around, and with stepfamilies,  losing track of relatives can happen faster.

Here in Tom Green County, we have assembled a list of the Top 200 surnames. Where does your name show up on this list?

RANK                   NAME                                                            INCIDENCES

1Martinez1,054
2Smith997
3Garcia981
4Hernandez748
5Rodriguez720
6Jones575
7Gonzales566
8Perez565
9Williams561
10Ramirez495
11Lopez488
12Johnson487
13Brown486
14Davis453
14Sanchez453
16Flores442
17Torres407
18Miller403
19Garza384
20Wilson380
21Martin365
22Taylor355
23Jackson330
24Moore328
25White302
26Reyes300
27Allen291
28Harris284
29Clark279
30Gonzalez262
31Walker261
32Green258
33Anderson252
34Baker247
35Scott246
36Thompson230
37King228
37Young228
39Gomez220
40Hall216
41Pena214
42Aguirre202
43Lee191
44Trevino189
45Stewart188
46Rios187
47Lewis185
48Cox181
48Morales181
50Castillo180
50Hill180
52Carter179
52Thomas179
54Robinson177
54Wright177
56Moreno175
56Morris175
56Roberts175
59Gutierrez174
59Lara174
61Ruiz169
62Fernandez168
63Cook167
64Adams165
65Soto163
66Phillips162
67Gray160
67Turner160
69Villarreal159
70Bell158
71Parker157
72Castro156
73Luna155
73Vasquez155
75Ortiz153
76Ramos152
76Rogers152
78Alexander151
79Bailey150
79Zapata150
81Campbell148
81Valdez148
83Munoz147
84Aguilar144
85Edwards142
86Diaz141
86Mendoza141
88Elliott140
88Nelson140
88Powell140
88Rivera140
92Cardenas139
92Carrillo139
92Cruz139
92Cuellar139
92Reed139
97Sanders138
98Dominguez137
98Halfmann137
98Wood137
101Cortez136
102Guerrero135
102Robles135
102Wilde135
105Fuentes131
106Owens127
107Evans126
108Cole125
109Mitchell123
 
110Rangel120
110Ward120
112Henderson119
112Wallace119
114Watson117
115Chavez115
115Estrada115
115Nichols115
115Price115
119Brooks114
119Griffin114
119Herrera114
122Russell113
122Ybarra113
124Salazar112
125Henry111
126Contreras110
126Porter110
128Richardson107
129Boyd106
129Robertson106
131Alvarado105
131Barron105
131Fisher105
131Harrison105
131Jordan105
131Rodriquez105
137Barnes104
137Ford104
137Howard104
137Hughes104
141Duncan102
141Guerra102
141Jenkins102
144Acosta101
145West100
146Lane99
146Lozano99
146Morgan99
149Butler98
149Coleman98
149Cooper98
149Stephens98
153Allison97
153Tucker97
155Stone96
156Juarez95
156McDonald95
156Rose95
159Ibarra94
159Mills94
159Myers94
159Webb94
163James93
163Mendez93
165Galvan92
166Crawford91
166Montgomery91
168Foster90
168Fowler90
168Freeman90
168Johnston90
168Mata90
173Bradley89
173Hasty89
173Hicks89
173Woods89
177Ross88
177Salas88
179Ornelas87
180Chandler86
180Dusek86
180Long86
183Sosa85
184Bryan84
184Carrasco84
184Dunn84
184Graham84
184Holland84
184Simmons84
190Collins83
190Kennedy83
190Sparks83
193Hamilton82
193Hunt82
193Padilla82
193Perry82
197Arredondo81
197Ellis81
197Gibson81
197Watkins81
197Wyatt81

Did you find your family name on the list? Are there relatives around here that you don't even know or associate with anymore? With the holidays coming up. this might be a good time to reach out.

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