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The FARRELL surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 51,095 599 0.019 189
United States (1880 census) 16,036 353 0.032 321
Change since 1880 +35059 -246 -0.013 -132
Other Countries
Australia 5,146 271 0.031 315
United Kingdom 15,374 379 0.033 335
Top States for FARRELL by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
New York 6,696 180 0.035 353
California 3,860 790 0.011 114
Pennsylvania 3,666 277 0.030 299
Florida 3,343 541 0.021 209
Massachusetts 2,922 225 0.046 460
Top States for FARRELL by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Massachusetts 2,922 225 0.046 460
Vermont 247 309 0.041 406
Rhode Island 416 232 0.040 397
Connecticut 1,339 185 0.039 393
Maine 488 466 0.038 383


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

Classification and Origin of FARRELL

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Ireland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the FARRELL 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 FARRELL 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 FARRELL in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 833 1.63
Mixed Race 593 1.16
Asian/Pacific 255 0.5
Native American/Alaskan 245 0.48
White (Caucasian) 46,961 91.91
Black/African American 2,212 4.33

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

Meaning of FARRELL in historical publications

FARRELL. The Farrells, now of Dalyston. spring from the O'Ferrals of Mornyng and Bawn, co. Langford, who were of the clan Boy. B.L.G.

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 FARRELL

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as FARRELL.

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 FARRELL

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