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The BACKER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 3,264 9189 0.001 12
United States (1880 census) 1,492 3852 0.003 30
Change since 1880 +1772 -5337 -0.002 -18
Other Countries
Australia 43 28630 0.000 3
United Kingdom 0 0
Top States for BACKER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 390 7081 0.001 12
New York 356 5506 0.002 19
Florida 246 7843 0.002 15
Minnesota 226 2884 0.005 46
Missouri 175 4225 0.003 31
Top States for BACKER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
North Dakota 68 1326 0.011 106
Nebraska 98 2298 0.006 57
Minnesota 226 2884 0.005 46
South Dakota 28 4702 0.004 37
Montana 33 4140 0.004 37


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

Classification and Origin of BACKER

Region of origin: Europe

Country of origin: Germany

Language of origin: German

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the BACKER 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.

Ethnic distribution of BACKER in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 146 4.47
White (Hispanic) 49 1.5
Mixed Race 42 1.29
Native American/Alaskan 18 0.55
Asian/Pacific 17 0.52
White (Caucasian) 2,992 91.67

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

Meaning of BACKER in historical publications

BACKER. The same as Backman.

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 BACKER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BACKER.

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 BACKER

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