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The BACON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 29,312 1094 0.011 109
United States (1880 census) 11,562 512 0.023 231
Change since 1880 +17750 -582 -0.012 -122
Other Countries
Australia 1,178 1401 0.007 72
United Kingdom 8,998 665 0.020 196
Top States for BACON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 2,088 1596 0.006 62
Florida 1,963 1058 0.012 123
Georgia 1,656 655 0.020 202
Michigan 1,566 649 0.016 158
Texas 1,565 1603 0.008 75
Top States for BACON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Vermont 239 358 0.039 393
Delaware 212 617 0.027 271
New Hampshire 313 602 0.025 253
Maine 289 903 0.023 227
Rhode Island 235 585 0.022 224


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

Classification and Origin of BACON

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Nickname

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 422 1.44
Mixed Race 399 1.36
Native American/Alaskan 372 1.27
Asian/Pacific 211 0.72
White (Caucasian) 22,617 77.16
Black/African American 5,291 18.05

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

Meaning of BACON in historical publications

Bacon, from the Anglo-Saxon bacan, to bake, to dry by heat. Some derive this surname from the Saxon baccen or buccen, a beech-tree. Upon the monument of Thomas Bacon, in Brome Church in Suffolk (Eng.), there is a beechtree engraven in brass, with a man resting under it. It appears, also, that the first Lord-keeper, Sir Nicholas Bacon, with his two wives, are represented in a similar manner.

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

BACON. A> seigniory in Normandy. According to the genealogy of the great Suflblk family of Bacon, one Grimbald, a relative of the Norman chieftain William de Wareune, came into England at the Conquest, and settled near Holt. His greatgrandson is stated to haA'e taken the name of Bacon. This was only a resimiption of an ancient Norman surname, which is still existing in the North of France. William Bacon, in 1082, endowed the abbey of the Holy Trinity at Caen. Taylor's Koman de Rou. The name is in the Battel Eoll, and in the H.R. it is written variously Bachun, Bacun, and Bacon. In some instances the surname may be a corruption of Beacon. From their connection with Bayeux, the Bacons were sometimes latinized De Bajocis.

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 BACON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BACON.

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 BACON

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