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The ATHERTON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 6,435 5000 0.002 24
United States (1880 census) 2,436 2506 0.005 49
Change since 1880 +3999 -2494 -0.003 -25
Other Countries
Australia 901 1815 0.006 55
United Kingdom 7,640 805 0.017 166
Top States for ATHERTON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 715 4156 0.002 21
Texas 455 4682 0.002 22
Michigan 393 3012 0.004 40
Pennsylvania 388 3940 0.003 32
Florida 378 5295 0.002 24
Top States for ATHERTON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Vermont 131 775 0.022 215
Kentucky 369 1563 0.009 91
Maine 106 2137 0.008 83
New Hampshire 85 2258 0.007 69
Kansas 128 2559 0.005 48


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

Classification and Origin of ATHERTON

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 157 2.44
Black/African American 107 1.66
Mixed Race 102 1.59
Asian/Pacific 38 0.59
Native American/Alaskan 20 0.31
White (Caucasian) 6,011 93.41

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

Meaning of ATHERTON in historical publications

(origin: Sax. Local) From Atherstone, a town in Warwickshire, England.

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

Similar names to ATHERTON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as ATHERTON.

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 ATHERTON

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