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The ATKINS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 49,754 619 0.018 184
United States (1880 census) 9,120 659 0.018 182
Change since 1880 +40634 +40 0 +2
Other Countries
Australia 4,451 330 0.027 272
United Kingdom 14,953 396 0.033 326
Top States for ATKINS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Virginia 3,530 222 0.050 499
Texas 3,355 790 0.016 161
California 3,181 1051 0.009 94
North Carolina 3,109 349 0.039 386
Tennessee 2,878 287 0.051 506
Top States for ATKINS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Tennessee 2,878 287 0.051 506
Virginia 3,530 222 0.050 499
Alabama 1,931 364 0.043 434
South Carolina 1,643 375 0.041 410
West Virginia 718 362 0.040 397


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

Classification and Origin of ATKINS

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From name of parent

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

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 906 1.82
White (Hispanic) 716 1.44
Native American/Alaskan 279 0.56
Asian/Pacific 194 0.39
White (Caucasian) 34,967 70.28
Black/African American 12,692 25.51

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

Meaning of ATKINS in historical publications

Camden derives it from At, a familiar abbreviation of Arthur, and kins, a diminutive, signifying a child, having the same meaning as the German kind, a child, an infant, i. e., the son of Arthur, so Wilkins, Simpkins, etc.

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


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 ATKINS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as ATKINS.

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 ATKINS

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