These Are the Most Common El Paso County Last Names of Today … and Yesterday
SPOILER ALERT: There are going to be a few Latino last names on this list. (Heh.)
There probably aren't a whole lot of surprises when it comes to compiling a list of the most common last names in El Paso. But what might surprise you is that the names that are most common today aren't necessarily the most common names you saw here a century ago.
Just thinking about how many people have come in and out of this city since it was founded in 1680 is kind of mind-blowing. Each one of those people brought and left just a little of their history here.
In the list below, you can see the most common last names today and compare them to the most common names El Paso had in 1880, all via the U.S. Census data. A name on one list may have completely disappeared from the other, while some names will always be associated with the Borderland.
PRO-TIP: If you want to see if your last name is on this list, but you're not entirely keen about scrolling through 100 names here's a quick way to get to what you want:
- On a PC: Hit CTRL+F. Type your name into the search box that appears.
- On a Mac: Hit Command+F. Type your name into the search box that appears.
- On an Android phone: Go to the menu button on your web browser and go to 'Find in Page.'
- On an iPhone: Go up to the URL bar and type in your name. DO NOT hit enter. Just scroll down, and you'll find the name highlighted in the list.
These are the most common surnames in El Paso County in both the 1880 and 2014 U.S. Census as reported by Forebears.io:
Top Last Names 2014
Top Last Names 1880