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The AGNEW surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 9,644 3398 0.004 36
United States (1880 census) 2,800 2178 0.006 56
Change since 1880 +6844 -1220 -0.002 -20
Other Countries
Australia 1,132 1452 0.007 69
United Kingdom 4,262 1480 0.009 93
Top States for AGNEW by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 765 4067 0.002 23
Texas 635 3710 0.003 30
Pennsylvania 574 2797 0.005 47
Illinois 513 2618 0.004 41
Florida 472 4530 0.003 30
Top States for AGNEW by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Mississippi 349 1288 0.012 123
Washington DC 46 1372 0.008 80
South Carolina 275 2335 0.007 69
Missouri 340 2290 0.006 61
Montana 54 2405 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 AGNEW live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called AGNEW represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called AGNEW in California than any other state, but you are more likely to find a AGNEW by picking someone at random in Mississippi than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of AGNEW

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Scotland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 157 1.63
Mixed Race 153 1.59
Native American/Alaskan 51 0.53
Asian/Pacific 36 0.37
White (Caucasian) 6,795 70.46
Black/African American 2,452 25.43

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

Meaning of AGNEW in historical publications

(origin: Nor. Fr. Local) From the town of Agneau in Normandy, whence the family originated. They went from England into Ireland with Strongbow. Agneau, in Nor. Fr. signifies a lamb.

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

AGNEW. Possibly from the French arjneav, a lamb ; but more likely from Agneaux, a village in the arrondisseraent of St. Lo, in Normandy. Co. Wigton, XIV. cent.

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 AGNEW

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as AGNEW.

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 AGNEW

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