The history of your name

The CALDWELL surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 91,338 301 0.034 339
United States (1880 census) 20,157 255 0.040 403
Change since 1880 +71181 -46 -0.006 -64
Other Countries
Australia 2,548 624 0.016 156
United Kingdom 6,936 901 0.015 151
Top States for CALDWELL by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 7,387 336 0.035 354
California 5,882 550 0.017 174
North Carolina 5,519 175 0.069 686
Ohio 4,960 226 0.044 437
Florida 4,544 410 0.028 284
Top States for CALDWELL by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Kentucky 3,213 148 0.079 795
Tennessee 4,460 171 0.078 784
South Carolina 3,089 170 0.077 770
Arkansas 1,946 159 0.073 728
North Carolina 5,519 175 0.069 686


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called CALDWELL live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called CALDWELL represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called CALDWELL in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a CALDWELL by picking someone at random in Kentucky than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of CALDWELL

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the CALDWELL surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the CALDWELL surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of CALDWELL in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 630 0.69
Asian/Pacific 311 0.34
White (Caucasian) 64,183 70.27
Black/African American 23,364 25.58
Mixed Race 1,416 1.55
White (Hispanic) 1,434 1.57

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the CALDWELL surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of CALDWELL in historical publications

CALDWELL. " The cold well." Several localities in various counties are so designated.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to CALDWELL

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as CALDWELL.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for CALDWELL

The following words are slight variants of CALDWELL that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.