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The KELSO surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 8,360 3910 0.003 31
United States (1880 census) 2,502 2427 0.005 50
Change since 1880 +5858 -1483 -0.002 -19
Other Countries
Australia 605 2676 0.004 37
United Kingdom 1,127 4763 0.002 25
Top States for KELSO by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 844 2780 0.004 40
California 767 3965 0.002 23
Illinois 437 3005 0.004 35
Florida 396 5108 0.002 25
Missouri 392 1900 0.007 70
Top States for KELSO by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Oregon 260 1683 0.008 76
Idaho 91 2058 0.007 70
Missouri 392 1900 0.007 70
Oklahoma 218 2233 0.006 63
Colorado 258 2184 0.006 60


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

Classification and Origin of KELSO

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Scotland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

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

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 606 7.25
Mixed Race 151 1.81
White (Hispanic) 135 1.61
Native American/Alaskan 55 0.66
Asian/Pacific 43 0.51
White (Caucasian) 7,370 88.16

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

Meaning of KELSO in historical publications

(origin: Local) Derived from the town of Kelso, in Roxburghshire, Scotland. Kelso was originally written Calchow, a corruption of Chalkheugh, the chalk-hill.

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

KELSO. A town and parish in Roxburghshire. The family were in Ayrshire at an early period. Hugh de Kelso is mentioned in Ragman Roll, 1296. 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 KELSO

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as KELSO.

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 KELSO

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