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The BADGER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 7,620 4308 0.003 28
United States (1880 census) 3,061 1984 0.006 61
Change since 1880 +4559 -2324 -0.003 -33
Other Countries
Australia 451 3530 0.003 28
United Kingdom 2,198 2729 0.005 48
Top States for BADGER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Florida 523 3964 0.003 33
California 508 5679 0.001 15
New York 449 4385 0.002 24
Texas 365 5602 0.002 18
Indiana 364 2152 0.006 60
Top States for BADGER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Vermont 187 511 0.031 307
Maine 178 1409 0.014 140
Alaska 60 1330 0.010 96
Utah 190 1624 0.009 85
New Hampshire 98 2014 0.008 79


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

Classification and Origin of BADGER

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

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

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 97 1.27
White (Hispanic) 92 1.21
Asian/Pacific 51 0.67
Native American/Alaskan 39 0.51
White (Caucasian) 6,055 79.46
Black/African American 1,286 16.88

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

Meaning of BADGER in historical publications

A licensed dealer in grain; a hawker, a peddler; also, the name of a small animal.

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

BADGER. 1. A huxtcr or hawker. " If any person shall act as a badger without license, he is to forfeit five pounds." Jacob's Law Diet. The etymon seems to be the Fr. hagagicr, or baggage-carrier. " Badger is as much to say as Bagger, of the Fr. word baggage, i. e., sarcina ; and it is used with us for one that is licensed to bu3' corn or other victuals in one place, and

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 BADGER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BADGER.

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 BADGER

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