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The ALISON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 731 30229 0.000 3
United States (1880 census) 1,422 4020 0.003 28
Change since 1880 -691 -26209 -0.003 -25
Other Countries
Australia 82 17030 0.001 5
United Kingdom 465 9317 0.001 10
Top States for ALISON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 112 19976 0.000 3
Florida 44 32795 0.000 3
Texas 43 28059 0.000 2
New York 40 41508 0.000 2
Alabama 39 8477 0.001 9
Top States for ALISON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Hawaii 11 9137 0.001 9
Alabama 39 8477 0.001 9
Mississippi 23 8200 0.001 8
Connecticut 22 19849 0.001 6
Louisiana 27 13840 0.001 6


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

Classification and Origin of ALISON

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 ALISON 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 ALISON 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 ALISON in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 573 78.39
Black/African American 76 10.4
Asian/Pacific 33 4.51
Mixed Race 25 3.42
Native American/Alaskan Less than 100 Insignificant
White (Hispanic) Less than 100 Insignificant

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

Meaning of ALISON in historical publications

ALISON. William Alis occurs in Domesday as a chief tenant in Hampshire under the Conqueror, and he was probably the patriarch of the large tribe of the Ellises, as well as of the Ellisons, Alisons, FitzEllises, &c. See under Ellis. It may be remarked that the vulgar pronunciation of Ellis in the South is exactly tlie same as that of the female personal name Alice. The prevalence of the Christian name Archibald, and the use of the fleur-de-lis by the Alisons support this conjecture.

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 ALISON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as ALISON.

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 ALISON

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