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The ABLE surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 2,362 12107 0.001 9
United States (1880 census) 2,519 2414 0.005 50
Change since 1880 -157 -9693 -0.004 -41
Other Countries
Australia 22 48919 0.000 1
United Kingdom 210 15953 0.000 5
Top States for ABLE by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
South Carolina 321 2157 0.008 80
Texas 145 12549 0.001 7
Kentucky 139 3765 0.003 34
Virginia 113 7071 0.002 16
Indiana 108 7497 0.002 18
Top States for ABLE by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
South Carolina 321 2157 0.008 80
Kentucky 139 3765 0.003 34
Alabama 89 5544 0.002 20
Idaho 24 7958 0.002 19
Oregon 62 7650 0.002 18

Notes

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

Classification and Origin of ABLE

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

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

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 509 21.55
White (Hispanic) 43 1.82
Mixed Race 25 1.06
Asian/Pacific 22 0.93
Native American/Alaskan 14 0.59
White (Caucasian) 1,749 74.05

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

Meaning of ABLE in historical publications

ABLE. See Abell.

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 ABLE

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as ABLE.

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 ABLE

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