Don’t Diss a Rising Tide

Digby makes a very good point about the suicidal aspects of short term triangulation. Watch out who you take for granted, because memories are long when numbers are growing.

As the New York Times reports:

Step aside Moore and Taylor. Welcome Garcia and Rodriguez.

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.

The number of Hispanics living in the United States grew by 58 percent in the 1990s to nearly 13 percent of the total population, and cracking the list of top 10 names suggests just how pervasively the Latino migration has permeated everyday American culture.

Garcia moved to No. 8 in 2000, up from No. 18, and Rodriguez jumped to No. 9 from 22nd place. The number of Hispanic surnames among the top 25 doubled, to 6.

Okay, I know you want to see where your name wound up. The lists are here.

Hrrumpphh. Mine came in like eight hundred and something.

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