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The ATKINSON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 51,489 592 0.019 191
United States (1880 census) 12,431 481 0.025 249
Change since 1880 +39058 -111 -0.006 -58
Other Countries
Australia 6,428 206 0.039 393
United Kingdom 35,685 129 0.078 777
Top States for ATKINSON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 3,790 843 0.011 112
Texas 3,777 669 0.018 181
Florida 3,126 615 0.020 196
North Carolina 2,944 367 0.037 366
Georgia 2,334 428 0.029 285
Top States for ATKINSON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
South Carolina 2,302 239 0.057 574
Utah 1,137 193 0.051 509
Idaho 499 286 0.039 386
North Carolina 2,944 367 0.037 366
Wyoming 178 252 0.036 360


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

Classification and Origin of ATKINSON

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 ATKINSON 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 ATKINSON 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 ATKINSON in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 695 1.35
Native American/Alaskan 278 0.54
Asian/Pacific 211 0.41
White (Caucasian) 42,082 81.73
Black/African American 6,694 13
White (Hispanic) 1,529 2.97

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

Meaning of ATKINSON in historical publications


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 ATKINSON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as ATKINSON.

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 ATKINSON

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