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The ABBEY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 4,994 6281 0.002 18
United States (1880 census) 1,459 3932 0.003 29
Change since 1880 +3535 -2349 -0.001 -11
Other Countries
Australia 456 3485 0.003 28
United Kingdom 1,466 3833 0.003 32
Top States for ABBEY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
New York 641 3102 0.003 34
California 481 6016 0.001 14
Florida 420 4922 0.003 26
Michigan 371 3299 0.004 37
Texas 340 6000 0.002 16
Top States for ABBEY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Vermont 37 2772 0.006 61
Montana 44 2958 0.005 49
Michigan 371 3299 0.004 37
Kansas 94 3636 0.003 35
Washington 205 3732 0.003 35


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

Classification and Origin of ABBEY

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 ABBEY 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 ABBEY 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 ABBEY in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 352 7.05
Mixed Race 108 2.16
White (Hispanic) 77 1.54
Asian/Pacific 59 1.18
Native American/Alaskan 53 1.06
White (Caucasian) 4,345 87

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

Meaning of ABBEY in historical publications

ABBEY. Perhaps originally given to some menial attached to a monastery, as 'John of the Abbey;' more probably, however, from Abbe, the ecclesiastical title, since we find it written in the H. K. le Abbe. The Scottish form is Abbay.

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 ABBEY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as ABBEY.

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 ABBEY

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