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The ALEXANDER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 193,443 111 0.072 717
United States (1880 census) 42,764 104 0.086 855
Change since 1880 +150679 -7 -0.014 -138
Other Countries
Australia 6,560 196 0.040 401
United Kingdom 22,977 230 0.050 500
Top States for ALEXANDER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 18,764 103 0.090 900
California 14,975 178 0.044 442
Florida 11,206 123 0.070 701
New York 8,569 140 0.045 452
Ohio 8,354 102 0.074 736
Top States for ALEXANDER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Louisiana 6,860 56 0.154 1,535
Mississippi 4,177 73 0.147 1,468
Alabama 6,306 84 0.142 1,418
South Carolina 5,335 82 0.133 1,330
Oklahoma 3,876 81 0.112 1,123


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

Classification and Origin of ALEXANDER

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From given name or forename

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 117,826 60.91
Black/African American 64,262 33.22
White (Hispanic) 4,275 2.21
Mixed Race 3,966 2.05
Asian/Pacific 1,760 0.91
Native American/Alaskan 1,354 0.7

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

Meaning of ALEXANDER in historical publications

(origin: Greek.) An aider or benefactor of men. From ??, to aid or help, and ??, a man. A powerful auxiliary.

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

Similar names to ALEXANDER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as ALEXANDER.

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 ALEXANDER

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