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The GARFIELD surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 4,296 7163 0.002 16
United States (1880 census) 1,056 5211 0.002 21
Change since 1880 +3240 -1952 0 -5
Other Countries
Australia 77 17818 0.000 5
United Kingdom 900 5725 0.002 20
Top States for GARFIELD by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 549 5248 0.002 16
New York 350 5649 0.002 18
Michigan 264 4639 0.003 27
Florida 244 7956 0.002 15
Massachusetts 239 3679 0.004 38
Top States for GARFIELD by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Vermont 71 1580 0.012 117
Utah 220 1417 0.010 99
Montana 55 2261 0.006 61
New Hampshire 67 2792 0.005 54
Massachusetts 239 3679 0.004 38


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

Classification and Origin of GARFIELD

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 GARFIELD 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 GARFIELD 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 GARFIELD in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 552 12.85
Native American/Alaskan 208 4.84
White (Hispanic) 97 2.26
Mixed Race 67 1.56
Asian/Pacific 40 0.93
White (Caucasian) 3,332 77.56

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

Meaning of GARFIELD in historical publications

(origin: Local) Sax., Garwian, to prepare; German and Dutch, gar, dressed, done, ready prepared, and field, a place where every thing is furnished necessary for an army.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

Similar names to GARFIELD

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as GARFIELD.

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 GARFIELD

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