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The ALLEN surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 463,368 32 0.172 1,718
United States (1880 census) 122,809 18 0.246 2,456
Change since 1880 +340559 -14 -0.074 -738
Other Countries
Australia 17,453 52 0.107 1,068
United Kingdom 80,639 42 0.176 1,756
Top States for ALLEN by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 38,266 35 0.184 1,835
California 32,812 59 0.097 969
Florida 27,635 36 0.173 1,729
North Carolina 21,235 19 0.264 2,638
Georgia 21,162 23 0.259 2,585
Top States for ALLEN by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alabama 13,296 27 0.299 2,990
Maine 3,785 10 0.297 2,969
Mississippi 8,332 27 0.293 2,929
Tennessee 15,409 25 0.271 2,708
Kentucky 10,932 20 0.270 2,705


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

Classification and Origin of ALLEN

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 ALLEN 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 ALLEN 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 ALLEN in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 325,470 70.24
Black/African American 116,491 25.14
Mixed Race 8,202 1.77
White (Hispanic) 7,507 1.62
Native American/Alaskan 3,846 0.83
Asian/Pacific 1,900 0.41

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

Meaning of ALLEN in historical publications

ALLEN. From the personal name Alan, common in Isrman times. Edw. Allen or Alleyne, when he founded Dulwich College, 1019, directed that the master and the warden of his establishment should bear the name of Alleyne or Allen, a regulation which has always been adhered to without much inconvenience, on account of the numerousness of the families bearing it. There are more than fifty coats -armorial assigned to the surname.

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 ALLEN

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as ALLEN.

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 ALLEN

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