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The HARRISON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 175,577 128 0.065 651
United States (1880 census) 43,911 99 0.088 878
Change since 1880 +131666 -29 -0.023 -227
Other Countries
Australia 14,143 74 0.087 865
United Kingdom 84,993 37 0.185 1,851
Top States for HARRISON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 15,049 143 0.072 722
California 12,546 229 0.037 370
Florida 11,526 121 0.072 721
Georgia 8,575 84 0.105 1,047
North Carolina 7,650 105 0.095 950
Top States for HARRISON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alabama 5,972 89 0.134 1,343
South Carolina 5,295 85 0.132 1,320
Mississippi 3,449 104 0.121 1,212
Washington DC 690 60 0.121 1,206
Oklahoma 3,698 88 0.107 1,072


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

Classification and Origin of HARRISON

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From name of parent

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

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 737 0.42
White (Caucasian) 124,660 71
Black/African American 41,717 23.76
White (Hispanic) 3,125 1.78
Mixed Race 2,967 1.69
Native American/Alaskan 2,370 1.35

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

Meaning of HARRISON in historical publications

HARRISON. See Henry.

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 HARRISON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as HARRISON.

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 HARRISON

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