Census: 3 Hispanic surnames now among top 10 in US

Hispanic last names are continuing to become more common in the United States.

This month, the United States Census Bureau released its list of "Frequently Occurring Surnames from the 2010 Census."

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And, as the New York Times reports, "Six of the 15 most common surnames in the United States were of Hispanic origin in 2010, compared with four of 15 in 2000 and none as recently as 1990."

In the latest census, Lopez and Gonzalez have replaced Thomas and Taylor to join Garcia, Rodriguez, Martinez, and Hernandez. Garcia is now the 6th most common surname in the country.

The bureau goes on to state in its report that "this pattern reflects national population change between 2000 and 2010, when the Hispanic and Asian populations increased much more rapidly than the population as a whole."

During this decade-long period, Hispanics reportedly increased their numbers in the U.S. by 43 percent.

Here is the list of the 15 most frequently occurring surnames from the 2010 Census: