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The BARRETT surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 95,896 288 0.036 356
United States (1880 census) 23,268 223 0.047 465
Change since 1880 +72628 -65 -0.011 -109
Other Countries
Australia 6,779 186 0.041 415
United Kingdom 29,288 168 0.064 638
Top States for BARRETT by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 6,566 468 0.019 194
Florida 6,352 267 0.040 397
Texas 6,001 400 0.029 288
New York 5,927 229 0.031 312
Pennsylvania 4,244 241 0.035 346
Top States for BARRETT by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Vermont 521 92 0.086 856
New Hampshire 839 135 0.068 679
Massachusetts 3,893 143 0.061 613
Tennessee 3,127 246 0.055 550
Georgia 4,188 217 0.051 512


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

Classification and Origin of BARRETT

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Diminutive

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

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 547 0.57
Native American/Alaskan 527 0.55
White (Caucasian) 79,805 83.22
Black/African American 11,901 12.41
Mixed Race 1,477 1.54
White (Hispanic) 1,649 1.72

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

Meaning of BARRETT in historical publications

BARRETT. BARRITT, &c. Baret,a personal name of Teutonic origin, is found here in Saxon times. See Domesd. In various forms it has always been very common in France and England.

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 BARRETT

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BARRETT.

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 BARRETT

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