Via the marvelous James Fallows, the US Census publishes a fascinating spreadsheet of frequently occurring names in US households. The top ten contains a few usual suspects and perhaps a few surprises:
I wouldn’t have thought of Davis or Wilson. Garcia and Rodriguez – I might have guessed Martinez (11) or Hernandez (15) would place higher, but I’ll admit that I don’t know Hispanic ethnography/geneaology well enough to make an informed prediction. There are six Hispanic surnames in the top 25, and not for nothing does salsa outsell ketchup in the US.
(Important note: This is not a political statement on my part, especially not about legal or illegal immigration.)
Anyway, here on Sperger.com we have one interest only, and that’s the promotion and greater glory of Spergers everywhere. Here are the top ranking surnames that contain “sperger” in them, and then of course, Sperger itself. The numbers in parentheses after each name indicate how many US households claim the given name as their surname:
33,955. Gindlesperger (633 households)
44,529. Hopfensperger (455)
47,435. Leibensperger (421)
50,652. Raffensperger (388)
62,682. Kochensperger (299)
71,893. Hunsperger (253)
74,957. Adelsperger (240)
And so on, until:
123,977. Sperger (129 households)
Some extended family names in the Sperger tribe that occur much more frequently:
34. King (438,000 households)
157. Hunt (152,000)
5,160. Gammon (6,238)
19,188. Convery (1,300)
25,956. Marnell (889)
49,538. Seydel (399)
One conclusion from all this is obvious: Those who marry into the Sperger family clearly become part of something more unique than where they started. Those of us who are Spergers by birth knew this already. Even so, it’s nice to have hard data.
If you are fortunate enough to be part of a Sperger household, and you use Facebook, I invite you to join the group The Very Extended Sperger Family. Share in the tradition of excellence.
Also: Gindlesperger? Gindlesperger? That’s the most popular Sperger-related name in the US?!? Baffling. Even more baffling is that it turns out they have an association to keep track of their US genealogy. I guess when you have 633 households contributing, you can afford to get fancy.
Well, we have an international music contest named for us. Take that, Gindlespergers.