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The ALTER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 3,731 8176 0.001 14
United States (1880 census) 769 6802 0.002 15
Change since 1880 +2962 -1374 -0.001 -1
Other Countries
Australia 50 25591 0.000 3
United Kingdom 0 0
Top States for ALTER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
New York 472 3909 0.002 25
Florida 446 4313 0.003 28
California 356 7292 0.001 11
New Jersey 233 3936 0.003 28
Pennsylvania 192 7420 0.002 16
Top States for ALTER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Washington DC 22 2505 0.004 38
Alaska 19 4637 0.003 30
Florida 446 4313 0.003 28
New Jersey 233 3936 0.003 28
Indiana 165 4442 0.003 27

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

Classification and Origin of ALTER

Sorry, we don't have any origin and classification information for the ALTER surname.

Ethnic distribution of ALTER in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 52 1.39
Mixed Race 47 1.26
Asian/Pacific 26 0.7
Black/African American 26 0.7
Native American/Alaskan 8 0.21
White (Caucasian) 3,572 95.74

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

ALTER is a genuine surname, but it's an uncommon one. Did you possibly mean one of these instead?

Meaning of ALTER in historical publications

Sorry, we don't have any information on the meaning of ALTER.

Similar names to ALTER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as ALTER.

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 ALTER

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