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The Sweetest Sound: Popularity Index

Biggest Gainers and Losers

Among the top 100 surnames in America, these are the names with the biggest advances and declines from 1990 to 2000. Growing diversity in the U.S. population is reflected in the lists, with traditionally Caucasian surnames decreasing, and Latino and Asian names increasing.

Biggest Gainers, 1990 — 2000

           
      No. Surname
1990 Rank
2000 Rank
Change
     
  1. NGUYEN
229
57
+ 172
  2. GUTIERREZ
202
96
+ 106
  3. REYES
141
81
+ 60
  4. GOMEZ
121
68
+ 53
  5. MORALES
136
90
+ 46
  6. CRUZ
118
82
+ 36
  7. FLORES
89
55
+ 34
  8. RAMIREZ
70
42
+ 28
  9. DIAZ
99
73
+ 26
  10. ORTIZ
120
94
+ 26
           

 

Biggest Losers, 1990 — 2000

           
      No. Surname
1990 Rank
2000 Rank
Change
     
  1. BARNES 79 99 - 20
  2. SANDERS 75 88 - 13
  3. PERRY 84 97 - 13
  4. JENKINS 83 95 - 12
  5. RICHARDSON 63 74 - 11
  6. REED 55 65 - 10
  7. GRAY 69 79 - 10
  8. HARRIS 15 24 - 9
  9. BELL 58 67 - 9
  10. JAMES 71 80 - 9
  11. ROSS 80 89 - 9
           



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