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The ARNOLD surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 136,315 187 0.051 505
United States (1880 census) 36,256 138 0.073 725
Change since 1880 +100059 -49 -0.022 -220
Other Countries
Australia 5,781 233 0.035 354
United Kingdom 21,707 253 0.047 473
Top States for ARNOLD by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 10,196 229 0.049 489
California 9,638 317 0.028 285
Florida 8,206 196 0.051 513
Ohio 7,595 116 0.067 669
Georgia 6,647 122 0.081 812
Top States for ARNOLD by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Tennessee 6,368 100 0.112 1,119
Arkansas 2,379 111 0.089 890
Kentucky 3,408 125 0.084 843
Georgia 6,647 122 0.081 812
Missouri 4,313 110 0.077 771


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

Classification and Origin of ARNOLD

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 ARNOLD 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 ARNOLD 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 ARNOLD in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 750 0.55
Asian/Pacific 586 0.43
White (Caucasian) 113,619 83.35
Black/African American 17,217 12.63
Mixed Race 2,017 1.48
White (Hispanic) 2,127 1.56

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

Meaning of ARNOLD in historical publications

(origin: German.) The same as Ernold; from are or ehre, honor, and hold, faithful or devoted to--faithful to his honor. How unworthy of the name was the notorious Benedict!

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

ARNOLD. The personal name; also a parish in the county of Wilts.

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 ARNOLD

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as ARNOLD.

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 ARNOLD

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