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The BARKER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 85,221 325 0.032 316
United States (1880 census) 24,047 214 0.048 481
Change since 1880 +61174 -111 -0.016 -165
Other Countries
Australia 7,626 166 0.047 467
United Kingdom 44,191 98 0.096 962
Top States for BARKER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 6,616 470 0.020 195
Texas 6,231 388 0.030 299
Ohio 5,478 196 0.048 483
Florida 4,817 357 0.030 301
North Carolina 3,839 272 0.048 477
Top States for BARKER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
West Virginia 1,865 92 0.103 1,031
Utah 1,843 93 0.083 825
Maine 843 260 0.066 661
Kentucky 2,573 195 0.064 637
Idaho 779 161 0.060 602


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

Classification and Origin of BARKER

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 BARKER 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 BARKER 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 BARKER in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 537 0.63
Asian/Pacific 409 0.48
White (Caucasian) 75,455 88.54
Black/African American 6,170 7.24
Mixed Race 1,210 1.42
White (Hispanic) 1,440 1.69

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

Meaning of BARKER in historical publications

A tanner. "What craftsman art thou, said the king, I pray thee tell me trowe? I am a Barker, sir, by my trade, Now tell me, what art thou?" Percy's Reliques.

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

BARKER. A tanner, from his using barli of trees in liis trade. In the old ballad of the King and the Tanner in Percy's Reliques, the latter calls himself "a larler, Sir, by my trade." Eng. Surn. Barcarius and Le Barkere. H.R.

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 BARKER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BARKER.

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 BARKER

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