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The BARRET surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 1,268 19672 0.000 5
United States (1880 census) 2,474 2462 0.005 49
Change since 1880 -1206 -17210 -0.005 -44
Other Countries
Australia 4 183249 0.000 0
United Kingdom 156 18991 0.000 3
Top States for BARRET by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 129 28201 0.000 4
New York 109 27274 0.001 6
Florida 105 25002 0.001 7
Texas 99 22660 0.000 5
Ohio 69 28181 0.001 6
Top States for BARRET by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Nebraska 25 16038 0.001 15
Mississippi 40 8209 0.001 14
Delaware 10 19636 0.001 13
Virginia 57 16093 0.001 8
New Jersey 61 25966 0.001 7


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

Classification and Origin of BARRET

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 940 74.13
Black/African American 227 17.9
White (Hispanic) 38 3
Asian/Pacific 22 1.74
Native American/Alaskan 21 1.66
Mixed Race 20 1.58

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

Meaning of BARRET in historical publications

(origin: Fr.) Cunning; from the old French barat, strife, deceit.

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

Similar names to BARRET

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BARRET.

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 BARRET

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