A person's last name is their identity. It show's people more than who you are related to. So what is the most common last name in Rice County? I took a quick poll around the studios and the last name Bauer was a popular pick amongst the staff. So was Bauer the top name?

Looking up popular last names was tough than I gave it credit for. It took a little work, and I found the website forbears.io which has a very large database that you can search by state and county.

The most common surname in the state of Minnesota is Johnson, and that is no different in Rice County! According to the website forbears.io the top-10 last names in Rice County are:

Rank Surname Incidence Frequency
1 Johnson 726 1: 90
2 Anderson 438 1: 149
3 Nelson 423 1: 154
4 Malecha 372 1: 175
5 Peterson 332 1: 196
6 Miller 311 1: 209
7 Olson 301 1: 216
8 Bauer 293 1: 222
9 Smith 265 1: 245
10 Larson 247 1: 263

But we aren't done yet, I even went one step further and found the top-5 last names for Faribault:

Rank Surname Incidence Frequency
1 Johnson 287 1: 97
2 Bauer 207 1: 134
3 Anderson 162 1: 171
4 Caron 154 1: 180
5 Nelson 141 1: 197

You can click on the last names and find out more about the meaning behind the names.

So did your last name make the list?