Mesa Last Name Popularity, Meaning and Origin

In this article we'll look at the origin and meaning of the surname Mesa and how popular it is in the United States. We'll also look at the race and ethnic origin of people in the United States who are named Mesa.

Mesa, like all of the names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Mesa surname is from the 2010 census data.

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Where Does Mesa Rank in the Most Common U.S. Names?

According to the data, Mesa is ranked #2,656 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

The Mesa surname appeared 13,566 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4.60 would have the surname Mesa.

We can also compare 2010 data for Mesa to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 2656 2915 -9.30%
Count 13,566 11,341 17.87%
Proportion per 100k 4.60 4.20 9.09%

Race and Ethnic Origin of People with the Last Name Mesa

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Mesa.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups: "White only", "Black only", "American Indian and Alaskan Native only", "Asian and Pacific Islander only", "Two or More Races", and "Hispanic".

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Mesa was:

  • 10.31%, or 1,399 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic White Only".
  • 0.71%, or 96 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Black Only".
  • 3.35%, or 454 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only".
  • 0.74%, or 100 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native".
  • 1.17%, or 159 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races".
  • 83.72%, or 11,357 total occurrences, were "Hispanic Origin".

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Mesa has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 10.31% 11.31% -9.25%
Black 0.71% 0.55% 25.40%
Asian and Pacific Islander 3.35% 2.85% 16.13%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.74% 0.77% -3.97%
Two or More Races 1.17% 0.75% 43.75%
Hispanic 83.72% 83.78% -0.07%

Data Source(s)

All of the data on this page is sourced from the Decennial Census survey, from the United States Census Bureau.

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